Carver County Dairy Expo February 17

Management strategies and resiliency of dairy farmers are topics

Management strategies in dairy fertility, cow comfort, building a healthy milk check and characteristics of resilient dairy farms will be addressed by the guest speakers at the 28th Annual Carver County Dairy Expo to be held on Monday, February 17, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Central High School in Norwood Young America. Hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Carver County Dairy Core Team, this event draws over 300 area dairy producers and dairy industry professionals. “Dairy farmers are looking to implement effective strategies that will impact their bottom line”, states Colleen Carlson, U of M Extension Educator in Carver and Scott counties. “Our 2020 speakers will address some of the limiting factors in dairy production and what changes dairy farmers can make to gain an extra edge in tight economic times. One more successful pregnancy equals one more healthy calf and that can be the difference in a profit or loss for the year. Attendees will participate in educational talks and visit with over 50 vendors, coming away with strategies to make positive changes in their dairy operations.”

 





 

The 2020 Carver County Dairy Expo keynote will feature a dairy farmer speaker panel. Dairy producers will share cow comfort strategies with three different stall surfaces-solids, mattresses and sand. Panelists will address additional cow comfort factors in those systems including stall design, ventilation, water access, feed distribution and more.

Paul Fricke, Professor of Dairy Science and Extension Specialist in Dairy Cattle Reproduction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host a morning breakout session on “Management Strategies in an Era of High Pregnancy Rates” and an afternoon session on “Management Barriers to High Fertility.” Dr. Fricke’s presentations will feature his research work which focuses on understanding the biology underlying the many reproductive problems presented by modern dairy cattle along with practical management strategies and new reproductive technologies.

“Characteristics of Resilient Minnesota Dairy Farms” will take a look at the economic characteristics of resilient dairy farm operations in Minnesota over the decades. Joleen Hadrich, Associate Professor and U of M Extension Economist will take a deep dive into historic farm financial statements to interpret benchmarks that put dairy farmers towards the top in profitability.

Barry Visser, Dairy Specialist with Vita Plus states, “Each dairy farm is unique and must consider management factors, cow comfort and evaluate feed ingredients seasonally to make the most of their milk check. Visser will reveal how these factors and others are a consideration to “Building your Milk Check.”

Event Details:
Monday, February 17, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Central High School

531 Morse Street
Norwood Young America, MN
Registration, lunch, and refreshments are just $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students

This year’s educational program features:

Keynote Address:

“Strategies to Maximize Cow Comfort” Dairy farmer panelists to share cow comfort strategies with three different stall surfaces-solids, mattresses and Additional factors effecting cow comfort including stall design, ventilation, feed distribution and more.

Breakout session speakers and topics include:

“Management Strategies in an Era of High Pregnancy Rates” –Paul Fricke, Professor of Dairy Science and Extension Specialist in Dairy Cattle Reproduction, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Management Barriers to High Fertility”- Paul Fricke, Professor of Dairy Science and Extension Specialist in Dairy Cattle Reproduction, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Characteristics of Resilient Minnesota Dairy Farms” -Joleen Hadrich, Associate Professor and Extension Economist, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

“Building your Milk Check” -Barry Visser, Dairy Specialist, Vita Plus

Over 50 vendor booths are open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Early Bird drawing at 10:15 a.m. for Chanhassen Dinner Theater Tickets is sponsored by UFC. More cash prizes are given away at the end of the day.

 





 

Registration is just $10 ($5 for students) at the door. Thanks to our generous donations from industry sponsors. Admission includes a hot lunch, refreshments and program of the event. For more information and a full schedule of events about the 28th Annual Carver County Dairy Expo, contact Colleen Carlson at traxl042@umn.edu or 952-466-5306 or visit the event website at https://z.umn.edu/2020DairyExpo or Facebook:@CarverScottExtension

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