Midwest Dairy Challenge is Feb. 5-7
Fox Valley Technical College will host dairy students from 18 schools in 10 states at the Midwest Dairy Challenge, Feb. 5-7, in Appleton, Wis.
At Dairy Challenge, each team of students puts textbook knowledge to the ultimate test – providing solutions for a dairy. Teams inspect an operating dairy, analyze farm data and interview farm owners. Then each team develops recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health and housing to help the farm optimize performance and profitability.
Teams will present their recommendations to farm owners – while being evaluated by a panel of five judges including dairy producers, veterinarians, farm finance specialists and industry personnel. In addition to this consulting competition, students have ample opportunity for networking and education.
Educational seminars are also planned:
• What Does a Financial Consultant Look For? by Gary Sipiorski, Vita Plus
• Analyzing Reproductive Performance by Molly Sloan, Alta Genetics
• Farm Financial Analysis from a Banker’s Perspective, by Dan Gitter, Greenstone Farm Credit
• Finding Opportunities and Eliminating Bottlenecks, by Dr. David LaCount, Purina Animal Nutrition
• Team Building: Group Management of a Dairy Farm, by Dale Beaty, Wisconsin Farm Bureau
• Effective Leadership through Active Listening, by Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin
The Midwest event is one of four regional contests sponsored each year by North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (NAIDC). These regional contests – plus a national event for about 300 dairy collegiates – are funded through support by 130 agribusinesses and dairy producers.
The 2014 national event will be April 3-5 in Fort Wayne, Ind., hosted by Michigan State University, Ohio State University and Purdue University. VIsit www.dairychallenge.org.
2014 IDP regional dairy meeting continue
The 2014 Indiana Dairy Producers (IDP) Regional Dairy Meetings continue Feb. 4-5 & 11-13.
Each of these meetings will include Dr. Ray Nebel, speaking on the economics of heifer AI; Dr. Judy Loven, on starling and nuisance bird control; and Dr. Bret Marsh, on new animal ID rules and other biosecurity challenges.
Dates and locations include:
• Feb. 4 – Columbus, Bartholomew County Fairgrounds
• Feb. 5 – Warrenton, The Log Inn
• Feb. 11 – Shipshewana, Farmstead Inn
• Feb. 12 – Goshen, Elkhart County Fairgrounds