Looking 10 years into the future and nutrition and forages for maximum milk production are primary topics at four 2001 Dairy Profit seminars to be held during February.

Dates and locations of the annual dairy events are Feb. 5 at the Lions Hall, Cosby, MO; Feb. 6, VFW Hall, Knob Noster, MO; Feb. 7, Holiday Inn North, Springfield, MO; and Feb. 8, Cape Girardeau County Extension Center, Jackson, MO, .

Registration for the Dairy Profit seminars starts at 9 a.m., and each will adjourn at 3 p.m. at all four locations, said David Drennan of the Missouri Dairy Association. Drennan and Barry Steevens, state extension dairy specialist at the University of Missouri--Columbia, arranged the programs.

Lead--off speaker at each location is Bill Mahanna, Pioneer Hi--Bred International, Des Moines, IA, who will discuss "nutrition and forages for maximum milk production." During the afternoon, John Smith of Kansas State University will speak on "charting your course for the next 10 years in dairy."

University Outreach and Extension regional dairy specialists will discuss dairy topics of local interest. They are Glenn Brown at Cosby, Roger Bennett at Knob Noster, Tony Rickard and Stacey Hamilton at Springfield, and Joe Horner at Jackson.

Drennan will report on Missouri Dairy Association programs.

Final program item is a question--and--answer period where dairy producers will quiz the panel of speakers.

Registration fee is $15, which covers the cost of the noon meal and meeting costs. Reservations can be made at University Outreach and Extension county centers or with Drennan at 636--519--9300 or 1954 Sumter Ridge Court, Chesterfield, MO 63017.

Sponsors of the seminars include the Missouri Dairy Association, University Outreach and Extension, Commercial Agriculture, and Pioneer Hi--Bred International.

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