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Four-State Dairy Conference In June In Iowa

Four-State Dairy Conference In June In Iowa

Dairy industry professionals provide timely dairy management information at this annual event.

The latest research information on issues concerning the dairy industry will be presented at the 2012 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference on June 13 and 14 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

This conference is a collaborative effort of the Extension Services of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. The goal of the conference is to provide timely research information for dairy industry professionals.

Conference topics and speakers include:

• Adjusting ration starch concentration – Mike Allen, Michigan State University

• Applying carbohydrate balancing on the farm panel featuring Mike Hutjens and nutrition consultants Marty Faldet and Barry Visser

Four-State Dairy Conference In June In Iowa

• Corn snaplage & shredlage – Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin

• Pricing homegrown and purchased forages – Norm St. Pierre, Ohio State University

• Managing energy metabolism in transition cows – Tom Overton, Cornell University

• An update on hypocalcemia on dairy farms – Gary Oetzel, University of Wisconsin

• Recycled manure solids for bedding: does it work? – Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota

• Economics of robotic milking: a deal or no deal for your dairy – Larry Tranel, Iowa State

• Other topics include nutrition models, physiological markers for diagnostics and evaluating on farm feeding programs

The seminar starts at 8 a.m. on June 13 with a morning pre-conference symposium sponsored by Novus International. The symposium topics include Mary Ledman covering market analysis – trends and volatility and Norm St. Pierre discussing how to deal with high feed costs. Other topics include optimizing feed efficiency and a panel discussing how to deal with high feed costs.

For a downloadable brochure go to  or contact  Wisconsin Agri-Service Association, (608) 223-1111, or Jim Salfer at  or (320) 203-6093.

Source: U-M Extension, Jim Salfer
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