This past year's weather has presented challenges in areas throughout Wisconsin. Last year's historic drought has led to a substantial decrease in hay production compounded by this year's cold, wet spring with alfalfa winterkill and limited pasture growth.
The dairy industry is facing the lowest May 1 hay stock levels on record, 48% lower as compared to a year ago in the Midwestern states. This compounded effect has prolonged the dependence on supplemental roughage and feedstuffs in the Midwest.
The University of Wisconsin Dairy Team will be presenting three days of meetings "Meeting Tomorrow's Feeding Challenges Today," in five locations from May 28-30. Farmers, dairy consultants, vets and other service providers are encouraged to attend.
The meetings will be held Tuesday, May 28 at Bear Creek Town Hall from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; and at Chase Town Hall in Pulaski from 1:30 to 4 p.m.; on Wednesday, May 29 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Millhome Supper Club in Kiel; and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Van Abel's of Hollandtown in Kaukauna; and on Thursday, May 30, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Marathon County UW-Extension office in Wausau.
The following presentations will be made:
*Strategies with Less Alfalfa-Building Economic and Healthy Rations
Mike Hutjens, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois Department of Dairy Science
*In and Out of the Box Fiber Options for Dairy Rations Availability and Pricing for Feed By-Products in the Midwest
*Jennifer Wackershauser and Ron Hofstad, ingredient specialists, LaBudde Group, Inc.
*Forage Options from June Through First Frost
Mike Rankin, Fond du Lac County Extension crops and soils agent, Kevin Jarek, Outagamie County Extension crops and soils agent or Richard Halopka, Clark County Extension crops and soils agent.
The meetings are sponsored by Extension offices in the following counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Shawano, Sheboygan, Washington, Waupaca and Winnebago.