Several educational opportunities are just around the corner. Be sure to mark your calendar for the following events:

  • Master Hoof Care Technician program (in English), Feb. 26-March 1, University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. This is the first of a three-part training program. For more information, contact Jan Shearer at (352) 392-4700, ext. 4112, or go to the Web site at:
  • Great Lakes Dairy Conference, Feb. 28-March 1, Sheraton Lansing Hotel, Lansing, Mich. Topics include dairy management principles, transition cows and phosphorus management. For more information, call (517) 351-9494 or (616) 756-9606.
  • Dairy Expansion Seminars, March 5-6, Modesto, Calif., and April 3-4, Fort Worth, Texas. The seminars are sponsored by Five-G Consulting, Agpro Inc., Bou-Matic and ADM Alliance Nutrition, Inc. For more information, call (800) 527-1030, or go to this Web site: 
  • The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, March 11-12, Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Topics include: time management, vertical integration, methane digesters and more. For more information, go to this Web site:
  • Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference, March 11-12, Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind. Topics include global ag markets, financial security in later life, farm business software and more. For more details, call (888) 398-4636, or go to this Web site:
  • The Western Canadian Dairy Seminar, March 11-14, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Further details and online registration are available at: Or, call (780) 492-3236.
  • Western Dairy Management Conference, March 12-14, John Ascuaga's Nugget in Reno, Nevada. Topics include transition cows, heat stress, calf health, mastitis management in today’s parlors, manure handling technologies, animal welfare and more. For more information, go to the Web site at: Or call (785) 532-1203.
  • Four-State Forage Conference, March 25-26, Baraboo, Wis. Topics include forage quality, silage preservation, hay-processing equipment, digestible fiber and maximizing alfalfa yield and quality. For more information, contact the Wisconsin Agri-Service Association at (608) 223-1111.
  • The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, March 25-26, Holiday Inn in Grantville, Pa. Topics include a systemized approach to dairy management, partnerships, key performance indicators, robotics and more. For more information, call (814) 865-4682, or go to this Web site: