University of Wisconsin Extension will host a meeting for dairy producers on April 19 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Information about dairy reproduction, nutrition, and animal well-being will be presented at two locations, Alma Center and Eau Claire. Attendees will not have to travel as the information will be presented at both sites. Chippewa Valley Technical College Manufacturing Education Center, 2320 Alpine Road, Eau Claire will be the location for Eau Claire County. Please RSVP to the Eau Claire Extension office at 715-839-4712. A parking pass will be needed for the Eau Claire location. The Alma Center location will be located at Pfaff Farm Reception Barn 13072 State Road 121, Alma Center.
Dr. Paul Fricke will talk about integration of reproductive programs and technology to maximize reproductive efficiency in dairy cows. Dr. Jennifer Van Os, new to UW-Extension, will introduce herself and her area of research that targets best management practices of housing and management to help the Wisconsin dairy industry adapt as our scientific knowledge about animal welfare continues to grow. Dr. Randy Shaver will discuss dairy nutrition topics for today in what could be his last dairy meeting in Western Wisconsin before retirement.
Katie Burgess, Commodity Risk Analyst with Blimling and Associates, will discuss how farms can prepare for the opportunities and obstacles that come with managing price risk in dairy markets. Blimling and Associates is a dairy market intelligence and consulting firm that works directly with clients across the dairy supply chain to include producers, processors, and multi-national end-users.
Lunch will be served at both locations so please RSVP to Eau Claire UW-Extension for the Eau Claire site at 715-839-4712, or Trempealeau County Extension for the Alma Center site at 715-538-2311 ext. 208.