Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association offers dairy promotion grants

The Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program will provide grassroots promotion grants of up to $250 for local dairy promotion efforts. Dairy farmers planning to conduct local dairy promotion events in 2014 are encouraged to apply soon. Grants are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Events sponsored by the grants must enhance knowledge of the dairy industry and/or the health and nutrition benefits of milk and dairy products; be a consumer-focused event or project; and applicants must be dairy farmers in the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program service area.

Contact Stephanie Roscinski at sroscinski@milk4u.org or (717) 226-8105 with questions and/or to obtain a grant application. Applications are also available at dairyspot.com in the “For Farmers” section.

Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program are the local planning and management organizations funded by dairy farmer checkoff dollars. They work closely with Dairy Management Inc.™ and are responsible for increasing demand for dairy products on behalf of Mid-Atlantic dairy farmers. For more information, visit www.dairyspot.com.

Source: Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association


North Florida/South Georgia dairy meetings scheduled

Several dairy meetings are schedule for north Florida and southern Georgia in February. They include:

• Friday, Feb. 21 – IFAS Okeechobee Dairy Update, Okeechobee County Extension Office, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Come learn about calving and calf management, keeping the udder healthy, hypocalcemia disease risks and controlling pesky house flies.  RSVP to Courtney Davis at mailto:cbdavis@ufl.edu or 863-763-6469 for free lunch.

• Tuesday, Feb. 25, North Florida/South Georgia Dairy Update, Brooks County Extension Office, Quitman, Ga., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Dr. Lon Whitlow will be speaking on "Mycotoxins:  Key Stress Factors Affecting Herd Health and Performance." Contact Mary Sowerby at (386) 362-2771 or mailto:meso@ufl.edu by Feb. 19 to reserve your free lunch.

• Wednesday, Feb. 26, IFAS North Florida Dairy Update, Hatch Park Community Center, Branford, Fla., 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Topics include economics of stocking density, mycotoxin stress, calving management and calf care, and disease risks of hypocalcemia. Lunch is sponsored by Prince Agri-Products, Inc. Contact Mary Sowerby at (386) 362-2771 or mailto:meso@ufl.edu by Feb. 24 to reserve your free lunch.

• Thursday, Feb. 27, Dairy/Beef Winter Forage Update and Field Dairy, UF Dairy Unit, Hague, Fla., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..  If you grow winter forages, this is the place to be to learn about plant diseases, molds and mycotoxins, and nitrogen needs. Come see multiple varieties of oats, wheat, rye, ryegrass and triticale and blends, side-by-side, along with research plots evaluating various ways to get winter forages off to a faster start.  Lunch is sponsored by Prince Agri-Products, Inc. Contact Mary Sowerby at (386) 362-2771 or mailto:meso@ufl.edu by Feb. 24 to reserve your free lunch.


Kentucky Dairy Partners to meet, Feb. 25-26

The 7th annual Kentucky Dairy Partners Meeting will be held on Feb. 25-26, at the Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, Ky. The meeting includes the University of Kentucky Dairy Extension, the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and SUDIA/ADA of Kentucky.

Registration: $30/person at the door  (2 registrations per Kentucky farm covered by KDDC)

There is a room block available at the hotel under “Kentucky dairy” at a rate of $97/night. To make reservations, call the Holiday Inn, Bowling Green at 270-745-0088.

For an agenda and other registration information, visit www.kydairy.org/uploads/2/4/0/0/24007917/2014kdpschedule_1.pdf


Kentucky FarmState Short Course set

The Kentucky FarmState Short Course is Mar. 11-12 at the University of Kentucky Coldstream Dairy, Lexington, Ky.

There are 25 seats available for the program. Registration deadline is Feb. 26. Cost is $100 per person.

To register, call (859) 218-4382 or email: Sarah.Lovett@uky.edu. The  non-refundable registration fee will cover educational material, hotel and meals.

Lodging is available at La Quinta Inn on Newtown Pike in Lexington. Rooms are double occupancy.


Southern Regional Dairy Challenge held

The eighth Annual Southern Regional Dairy Challenge, which ran Nov. 17-19, 2013, attracted 51 students from 11 universities and colleges to the event hosted by the Louisiana State University.  The contest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana attracted students from Alabama A&M, Clemson University, Eastern Kentucky University, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, Mississippi State University, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky University.

Dairy Challenge is an innovative competition developed by industry and university professionals, which exposes students to opportunities in a vibrant dairy industry. Working in four- or five-person, mixed-university teams, students at the Southern Regional Dairy Challenge assessed all aspects of a working dairy farm and presented recommendations to judges and participating farm families.

Judges ranked the teams, choosing two teams as 1st Place winners. The individuals who comprised these teams are: Clay Phelps-Virginia Tech, Shawna Blau-Mississippi State University, Meghan Grone-University of Kentucky, Casey Lucas-Clemson University, Roxanne Seltzer-Virginia Tech, Taylor Wright-North Carolina State University, Caitlin Conway-University of Florida and Kimberly Pierce-Western Kentucky University.

The 2014 national contest – and the second annual Dairy Challenge Academy – will be April 3-5 in Fort Wayne, Ind. In addition, four regional events are held each year. Find details at www.dairychallenge.org.