Educational opportunities abound this fall to help you brush up on your management skills. Here are few to add to your calendar:

  • Cornell University Nutrition Conference Oct. 23-25 in East Syracuse, N.Y. Topics include: fiber’s effect on cow performance, supplemental fat, water quality and more. For more information, contact Robin Huizinga at (607) 255-4478, or go to the Web site at:
  • Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop, Nov. 5-6 in Grantville, Pa. For more information, call Coleen Jones at (814) 863-2883. Or, go to the Web site at:
  • Dairy Practices Council Conference, Nov. 6-8 in East Syracuse, N.Y. For more information, call (732) 203-1947, or visit this Web site:
  • DHI-Provo’s Herd Management Conference and Workshop, Nov. 7-8 in Reno, Nev. For more information, call Lisa Oakley at (800) 453-9400 and ask for extension 2106. You also can visit this Web site:
  • Southeast Dairy Herd Management Conference, Nov. 12-13 in Macon, Ga. Topics include: cow comfort, dairy nutrition, and communicating with Hispanic workers. For more information, contact James Smith, extension dairy specialist at the University of Georgia, at (706) 542-9108.
  • Sand-Laden Manure Handling Conference, Nov. 15-16, Altoona, Pa. Topics include: Sand bedding and facility design, sand bedding options, handling sand-laden manure, managing recycled sand, economics of sand-manure separation plus a tour of several local dairies. For more information, call (814) 695-9807, or visit:
  • Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Profit Symposium, Dec. 3-4 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Topics center around ways to improve your dairy’s profit picture. For more information, call (800) 947-7379, or go to the Web site at:
  • Ohio Dairy Management Conference, Dec. 16-17 at the University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. Topics include: problems facing expanding dairies, managing Hispanic labor, characteristics of successful small dairies, team building, the new environmental permitting process and more. For more information, contact Amanda Hargett at (614) 688-3143.