August 6 - Florida Dairy Business Conference - 10 AM to 5 PM - Marion County Extension Auditorium, Ocala. This event features information from specialists about the new Dairy Margin Protection Program; old Livestock Gross Margin - Dairy insurance; milk, soybean and corn market updates and predictions; and time for the audience to ask Dr. Joe Outlaw, Dr. John Van Sickle and Calvin Covington how to most profitably use all that information. In addition there will be a Manager's Panel discussing hiring, training and evaluating employees and economic information about raising corn crops. There is a $10 registration fee for those who pre-register; $15 at the door.
The day's finale will be a summary of the Employee Compensation Survey. Ever wonder how much dairy employees are being paid around the state of Florida? Dairy producers, whether you plan to attend the Dairy Business Conference or not, your information will make the survey all the more valuable for you and others. (To complete the survey, contact Mary Sowerby at email@example.com) A summary will be presented at the Florida Dairy Business Conference and in writing in the next UF Dairy Update newsletter. Please send your survey back to Mary Sowerby or bring it with you to the conference.
August 19 (4 PM to 8 PM) and August 20 (10 AM to 2 PM) - South Georgia/North Florida English/Spanish Dairy Milkers' Workshop - starting at Brooks County Ag Center, Quitman, GA and concluding at Brooksco Dairy, Quitman. If you'd like your milkers to better understand the hows and whys of milking to maximize production and minimize mastitis, please register them for this free workshop. Dr. Steve Nickerson (UGA) and Jonael Bosques (UFL) will be presenting the same material in different classrooms in English and Spanish. The workshop times are different on both days to accommodate the most milkers.
August 21 - Calving and Newborn Workshop - Derisso Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville - 10 AM -to 2:30 PM - This workshop is designed to improve calving success of Florida dairies. Taught by Dr. Gustavo Scheunneman (Ohio State University) and Dr. Klibs Galvao (UF), there will be both classroom and hands-on instruction to minimize calving losses from dystocia (difficult births). Class size is limited 25, in order of registration receipt. There is a registration fee of $30 which will easily be covered by the first calf saved by this instruction. Anyone who works with dairy maternity should seriously plan to attend this workshop. Spanish translation will be available.