Dairy producers can explore methods and decision-making tools to manage the effects of drought-stressed feeds at Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin’s upcoming Feed and Nutrition Conferences.
Two one-day programs will be offered in the following locations: Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Stevens Point and on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Madison. Each conference day will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m., will include Q&A sessions after presentations and will conclude by 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Victor Cabrera, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present, “Move, Keep or Cull Her: Tools for Grouping and Culling Decisions.” Cabrera will zero in on three key factors when deciding to keep or cull: 1) economic value of a cow, 2) Value of a pregnancy, and 3) Cost of pregnancy loss. He’ll also share a new support tool for decision-making. During Part 2 of his session, Cabrera will discuss grouping to increase your herd’s income-over-feed cost while meeting nutrient requirements.
Dr. Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois, will address the impact of this summer’s drought, along with current commodity prices and offer alternative feeding strategies. Hutjens will take a case study approach to evaluate your current feeding program based on cow response, components, starch application, feed particle size, body condition changes and lameness/locomotion results. He encourages participants to bring their records to compare to the case study herd.
Dr. Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin, will assess where we are from an agronomy perspective and where we need to be in 2013. In “Agronomics: Putting Together Crop Strategies for 2013,” Undersander will crunch the numbers and play out numerous scenarios. His in-depth, analytical look at forage and grain strategies will include alfalfa growth during 2012; planting options for fall -- small grains, corn and other items; forage strategies for spring 2013; management with low soil moisture levels; and winterkill risks based on 2012 growing season management.
Registration for a one-day workshop is $75/person for PDPW members and $100/person for non-PDPW members. This covers all sessions and lunch.
To learn more about the “Alternatives, Strategies, Decisions” Feed and Nutrition Conferences on Sept. 25 and 26 or to register, please go online to www.pdpw or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.
Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin is a dairy-producer founded organization that provides educational programs and services to fellow dairy producers. PDPW’s mission is “to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.”