Dairy Summit Set for Feb. 12-13 in State College

1/4/2014 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the Center for Dairy Excellence are planning to hold this year’s Pennsylvania Dairy Summit on Feb. 12-13 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, Pa.

The summit, which has been drawing more than 500 dairy producers and other industry enthusiasts in recent years, is expected to attract even more new attendees this year, and changes are being made to the layout and format to enhance their learning and networking opportunities.

More programming has been added for the crop and forage side of the operations, and new data will be provided that may have profound implications for early-life management of calves and heifers.

“In a way, we are emulating the dairy producers we attract to the summit who are trying to improve every day for better results, and the Penn Stater offers us an opportunity to expand our programming and to accommodate more dairymen and women,” said Jennifer Heltzel, chairwoman of the 2014 Summit.

Among the new elements is the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit Forage Analysis Competition, which is giving Pennsylvania dairy producers and other crop growers a chance to submit their corn silage, haylage and cool season grass samples to compete for monetary prizes.

The competition will be part of a new “Forage Management Track,” which will be offered along with “Young Entrepreneur,” “High Production” and “Technology & Innovation” tracks.

And as part of the Summit’s focus on young entrepreneurs within the industry, a Young Entrepreneur Reception will held Tuesday, Feb. 11.

A demonstration area has also been added where producers can run their numbers through computer models, and learn how to measure and monitor corn particle size for best results in formulating rations.

For more information about the summit and registering or sponsoring, visit www.padairysummit.org or call 814-355-2467.

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