January 25, 2007

Dairy issues topic of four regional meetings

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —Regional dairy meetings will be held in late February at four statewide locations to discuss issues related to the Indiana dairy industry.

Dates and locations are as follows: Feb. 20, Decatur; Feb. 21, Middlebury; Feb. 27, Haubstadt; and Feb. 28, Columbus.

Speakers will discuss feeding distiller's grains, accessing alfalfa hay in the face of rising corn prices, cow soundness, compost bedded-pack barns and other industry topics. The Columbus and Middlebury locations will be the host of a trade show.

"This is the first time that the regional meetings we used to call the Purdue Dairy Roadshow will be held in conjunction with the producers' regional meeting," said Mike Schutz, meeting organizer and Purdue University Extension dairy specialist. "It reduces the number of meetings for producers while allowing them to discuss issues that affect the entire dairy industry."

The meetings are being sponsored by the Purdue Extension dairy team, Indiana Professional Dairy Producers and the Indiana Forage Council. They will be held in conjunction with the Indiana Professional Dairy Producers regional meetings.

"The collaboration between the three groups is really beneficial because it allows us to host a wider variety of speakers," said Kelly Easterday, Purdue Extension specialist from Kosciusko County. "Many dairy producers get most of their hay from out west and don't know about the alfalfa grown here in the state. One of the sessions will highlight sources of Indiana-grown alfalfa."

The speakers will include Herb Bucholz, Michigan State Extension dairy nutrition specialist; Dave Robison, Indiana Forage Council president; Schutz and Tim Johnson, Purdue Extension dairy specialists; Ron Fuhrmann, Indiana Professional Dairy Producers president; Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota Extension animal management specialist; and Michael Hlavaty, ZinPro representative.

Registration deadline for Decatur and Middlebury is Feb. 13, and the Haubstadt and Columbus deadline is Feb. 20. Entrance is free to the first registrant from an IPDP member farm or family, and any additional registrations will be $10 per person. Non-member registration is $20 per person. Each registration includes lunch and one copy of the materials per farm.

The schedule and registration form can be found online at http://www.agry.purdue.edu/Ext/forages/pdf/07dairy.pdf. To get exhibitor information for the trade shows, contact Schutz. For more information, call Purdue Extension at (888) EXT-INFO.

Writer: Becki Francis, (765) 496-1050, rfrancis@purdue.edu

Sources: Kelly Easterday, (574) 372-2340, keasterday@purdue.edu

Mike Schutz, (765) 494-9478, mschutz@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
Agriculture News Page

Related Web site:
Purdue Extension: http://www.ces.purdue.edu/

 

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