Precision Dairy Technology Forum set in Pennsylvania
Penn State’s Extension Dairy Team and the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association will host a Precision Dairy Technology Forum Summer Tour, July 9, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., near Martinsburg, Pa.
Dairy farm owners, herdsmen and related industry personnel will learn the positives and negatives associated with various precision technologies, enabling them to make informed decision regarding the role of the technology on their dairy.
Topics will include:
• cow cooling and ventilation
• solar energy options for dairy farms
• working with Hispanic labor
• cow bedding
The program, facilities tour and lunch will all be located on-farm at 811 Piney Creek Road, Martinsburg, PA. Sponsors include: Advanced Comfort Technology, Delaval, Genex, Select Sires, Cowkuhlerz, Paradise Energy Solutions, Roast-A-Matic, Fisher & Thompson, Lancaster DHIA, SCR North America, Fulton Bank, Lancaster Dairy Farm Automation, Land O’ Lakes, Susquehanna Bank. Ice cream and milk provided by Vale Wood Farms.
Registration is free, but advance registration is required by July 2. Registration can be done online at http://extension.psu.edu/dairy/courses/precision-dairy-technology-forum; call toll-free 888-373-7232; or download a registration form and mailing to Penn State Extension Dairy Team, 324 Henning Bldg., University Park, PA 16802.
Pennsylvania supports YDLI Program participants
The Dairymen’s Association and Center for Dairy Excellence are offering up to four partial scholarships for Pennsylvania dairy producers to attend the Holstein Foundation’s Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI).
The Young Dairy Leaders Institute is a nationally recognized three-phase leader and communication skills development program for young adults (ages 22-45) working in the dairy industry, with all breeds of cattle. Each participant develops top-tier skills and the personal network needed to succeed in today's dairy business.
Class nine will meet Feb. 25-28, 2015, and Feb. 24-27, 2016, in Phoenix, Ariz. The application deadline is Aug. 1, 2014, and enrollment is limited to allow for increased one-on-one instruction. Scholarships will be awarded based upon the following criteria and will be used to offset the cost of an individual to attend the full Young Dairy Leaders Institute for the duration of two years.