Dairy Summit Breakout Session Offerings

1/26/2013 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A variety of dairy management-focused breakout sessions will be offered during the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, scheduled for Feb. 6-7 at the Lancaster Host Resort in Lancaster, Pa. The breakouts will offer a mix of dairy planning discussions and hands-on dairy herd management insight.

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, breakouts will be part of the “Core Dairy Management Track” and will focus on dairy herd management topics. The four breakouts offered Wednesday include:

“Workplace compliance and developing standard operating procedures” by Mary Kraft of Badger Creek Farm, Inc., and Ridge Dairy LLC, Colorado;

“Managing mastitis and achieving higher milk quality goals” by Dr. Pamela Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison;

“Using genomics in a commercial dairy herd” by Steve Bodart of Lookout Ridge Consulting and Lloyd Holterman of Rosy-Lane Holsteins; and

A panel on “Complying with increasing environmental regulations” with Tim Kurtz, a dairy producer; Peter Hughes, Red Barn Consulting; and Marcus Kohl, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

New this year, the second day’s program will include a “Core Planning Track,” with breakout sessions that complement the first day’s “Core Dairy Track” breakout sessions. Both days will be packed with meaningful insight that producers and managers can take back and quickly apply to their operations.

Thursday’s “Core Planning Track” includes access to planning focused breakouts, such as:

“Making group calf housing work on your dairy” by Jody Neal, Poverty Hill Dairy and Dr. David Galligan, University of Pennsylvania;

“Managing feed costs from the field to the feed bunk” by Sean Jones of Jones Dairy Farm and Dr. Bob Fry or Atlantic Dairy Consulting; and

“Identifying the right number of replacement for your dairy” by Steve Bodart, Lookout Ridge Consulting.

The cost to register for the full two-day 2013 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit is $225 per person. Additional people from the same company can register for $175 per person. One-day rates for the Core Dairy and Core Planning Tracks are also available.

Thanks to a grant provided by the Lancaster Workforce Investment Board, dairy producers, family members and employees can register for the summit at $125 per person, discounted to $100 per person for additional people from the same farm.

The deadline to register is Jan. 30. For more information, call the Summit business office at 814-355-2467.

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