High Plains Dairy Conference set for March 7 to 8
Experts from across the country will address topics specific to the region during the High Plains Dairy Conference scheduled March 7 to 8 in Amarillo, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist.
"The dairy industry in the High Plains region has unique needs created by dairy size and complexity. For instance, many dairies grow their own forages," said Ellen Jordan, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension dairy specialist in Dallas and conference coordinator. "This conference was designed to address specific issues from adopting technology to understanding animal welfare issues and the world economy."
The conference will begin with registration each day at 6:30 a.m. with the seminars starting at 8 a.m. in the Ambassador Hotel, 3100 W. Interstate 40. An early evening reception will be held for participants March 7.
The "early bird" registration fee is $225 for the first registrant if postmarked by Feb. 1. An exclusive option for producers is that they can register additional participants from the same dairy for $175, also if postmarked by Feb. 1, Jordan said. After that, the registration fee will be $250 each.
Online registration is available at www.highplainsdairy.org. Those who print and choose to mail the registration form should send it to: High Plains Dairy Conference, Attn: Charlotte Bruna, 244 Cyclone Lane, Waterville, KS 66548, or faxed to 785-532-2333. Further questions can be addressed by calling Bruna at 785-532-2370.
Speakers and topics on the agenda are:
--Steve Nickerson, University of Georgia, Mastitis Management for the Future Milking Herd;
--John Lee, Pfizer Animal Health, Join the Cause: Implementing Effective Residue Avoidance and Risk Management;
--Robert Hagevoort, New Mexico State University, Development of a Comprehensive Dairy Safety Training Program;
--Dana Tomlinson, Zinpro Corporation, Management and Development of Nutrition, Lameness and Immune Function in the Large Herd Environment;
--Jeff Mikus, Diamond V, Diet Consistency: Using TMR Audits to Deliver More from Your Feed, Equipment and People to the Bottom Line;
--Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin, Effect of Rumens in in Lactating Cow Diets with Differing Starch Levels;.
--Kevin Murphy, Virtus Nutrition LLC, Harnessing the Power of "Smart" Technology;
--Michael Stead, Bank of the West, International Economic Considerations;
--Ben Weinheimer, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Cattle Issues and Beef Market Update;
--Kay Johnson-Smith, Animal Agriculture Alliance, Animal Welfare Legislation on the Horizon;
--Lowell Catlett, New Mexico State University, Imagining the World of 2020;
--JosÃ© Santos, University of Florida, Enhancing Reproduction through Nutrition;
--Kirt Sloan, DeLaval, "Raising the Bar"--Using Technology and Protocols for Profitable Reproduction Results; and
--Adapting to Declining Water Resources--Panel consisting of Ellen Jordan, AgriLife Extension, Meeting the Regional Water Challenge; Dean Horton, Las Uvas Dairy, Drip Irrigation--Producer Perspective; Dana Porter, AgriLife Extension, Efficient Irrigation Management for High Plains Dairies; Brent Bean, AgriLife Extension, Corn and Sorghum Silage Production Considerations, and John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas A&M University, Drought Update and Future Prospects.