50th Florida Dairy Production Conference is April 9

The 50th Florida Dairy Production Conference will be held April 9, 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Straughn Extension Center, Gainesville, Fla. The agenda includes:

9 a.m. –  Registration

9:45 a.m. – Welcome and IFAS update - Geoffrey Dahl, University of Florida

10 a.m. – Avoiding the two greatest silage problems - Adegbola Adesogan, University of Florida

10:50 a.m. – Goals for my program in udder health - Corwin Nelson, University of Florida

11:10 a.m. – Management and training of dairy personnel: Emphasis on team work and performance - Gustavo Schuenemann, The Ohio State University

Noon – Luncheon

1 p.m. – Goals for my program in ruminant microbiology - Tim Hackmann, University of Florida

1:20 p.m. – What does mom want to tell me? Colostrum and milk as a communication vehicle from the dam to the calf - Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University, N.Y.

2:10 p.m. – Management opportunities for improving profitability of SE dairies: Where are the real dollars? - Bruno Amaral, Purina Animal Nutrition, Jacksonville, Fla.

3 p.m. – Break

3:30 p.m. – Producer's view of staying ahead in the dairy business - Calvin Moody, BrooksCo Farm, Quitman, Ga.

4 p.m. – Producer's view of staying ahead in the dairy business - Don Niles, Dairy Dreams LLC, Casco, Wis.

4:30 p.m. – Discussion: Staying ahead in the dairy business - Moderator Jose Santos

5 p.m. – Reception

For registration, visit http://dairy.ifas.ufl.edu


UF PIE Center awards grants

A research project looking into the disconnect between consumers and animal agriculture producers is among studies receiving grants from the University of Florida Center for Public Issues Education (PIE). The proposal was submitted by UF Animal Sciences Associate Professor Chad Carr. The grant will partially fund a graduate student assistant to conduct research.

Another project, submitted by Agricultural and Biological Engineering Assistant Research Scientist Wendy-Lin Bartels, will work to encourage North Florida farmers to use cover crops through the establishment of a peer-to-peer network.

Independent reviewers selected four grant recipients from 22 proposals to receive approximately $5,000 each.  The mini-grant program, in its first year, looks to expand PIE Center research partnerships across campus and inspire collaboration among different departments and academic disciples, according to Associate Director Alexa Lamm.

The projects will collect data over the summer and will submit reports to the PIE Center in the fall. Recipients will share their research in a PIE Center guest blog post or webinar later this year.


Arkansas Dairy E-Newsletter available

The March 2014 issue of the Arkansas Dairy E-Newsletter is now available. Featured articles include:

• Calf Scours - Causes and Management, by Dr. Jeremy Powell, Professor and Veterinarian

• Is Milk Urea Nitrogen in Your Toolbox?, by Dr. Shane Gadberry, Associate Professor

• Forage Quality Affects Bottom Line, by Dr. Dirk Philipp, Assistant Professor

• Arkansas State 4-H Dairy Events Set for 2014 - Steve Jones, Associate Professor

To download the newsletter, Click Here


Manure management meetings set in Kentucky

Various aspects of dairy manure management will be held at several locations in Kentucky. Topics include Kentucky's agricultural water quality and nutrient management plans; how to be prepared when a state inspector arrives; and management practices that will increase milk quality.

All sessions are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dates and locations are:

• March 10 — Nelson County Extension Office, 317 S. Third St., Bardstown

• March 14 — Fleming County Extension Office, 1384 Elizaville Road, Flemingsburg

• March 18 — Christian County Extension Office, 2850 Pembroke Road, Hopkinsville

• March 19 — Warren County Extension Office, 3132 Nashville Road, Bowling Green

• March 27 — Metcalfe County Extension Office 422 East St., Edmonton

• March 28 — Adair County Extension Office, 409 Fairgrounds St., Columbia. 

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment joins the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, the Division of Compliance Assistance, Soil Conservation Districts of Kentucky and the Kentucky Farm Bureau to present the regional dairy meetings. These meetings and the lunch provided are free to any Kentucky dairy farmer. RSVP to Meredith Scales at 859-516-1966 prior to the meeting.

For more information, visit http://news.ca.uky.edu/article/managing-poo-begins-you-dairy-meetings-under-way-across-kentucky


Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference is March 26-27

The Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference (formerly the Maryland Nutrition Conference) will be held March 26-27.

For a copy of the agenda and links to registration and hotel information, visit http://www.manc.umd.edu/generalprogram.html


National AgrAbility workshop set in Kentucky

Farmers and other professionals with disabilities can receive training and learn about issues related to disability in agriculture at the 2014 AgrAbility National Training Workshop.

The workshop will be March 31 to April 3 at the Downtown Lexington Hilton, 396 W. Vine St., Lexington, Ky. Participants can attend preconference sessions, breakouts, tours and special events. Participants can also attend a banquet with a benefit auction for farmer and rancher scholarships.

A keynote address will be given by Josh Bleill, a Marine corporal and community spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts. Bleill is a disabled war veteran who was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006 and lost both of his legs. He is author of a book, One Step at a Time: A Young Marine's Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL.

"The AgrAbility National Training Workshop is a great opportunity for farmers, rural health professionals and AgrAbility staff to come together to network with each other and to participate in special tours and breakout sessions regarding farming with disability," said Kylie Hendress, AgrAbility engagement coordinator based at Purdue University.

Session topics include beekeeping; aquaponics; agritourism; marketing products; assistive technology for agriculture; veterans in agriculture; women in agriculture care giving; and how to manage and cope with disability.

Hotel rooms are available at a conference rate of $95 per night. Online hotel reservations must be made by March 7. Participants can get detailed conference information at http://workshop.agrability.org/2014/ and register with the online registration form at www.conf.purdue.edu/agrability. Early-bird registration ends March 7, and final deadline is March 28. There will be no on-site registration.

For more information, contact Hendress at 765-494-6679 or khendres@purdue.edu.


UF veterinary pathologist named director of admissions

Julia A. Conway, D.V.M., has been named veterinary medical admissions director at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

In her new role, Conway provides key assistance to the college’s associate dean for students and instruction, Pamela Ginn, D.V.M. She provides additional support to accommodate the demands of an increased class size, an upcoming curriculum review process and an upcoming American Veterinary Medical Association accreditation process, said the college’s dean, James W. Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D.

A member of the college’s class of 2006, Conway completed her residency in anatomic pathology at the UF veterinary college and became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2010. She subsequently joined the college faculty as a clinical assistant professor in the department of infectious diseases and pathology, where her focus is dermatopathology.

Conway has served as chair of the college’s alumni council since 2012. She holds a joint appointment in the UF College of Medicine’s department of dermatology and was recently nominated by the Alachua Veterinary Medical Association to run for a position on the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s District 2 Budget and Finance Committee in this year’s election.


Arkansas State 4-H Dairy Days set

The 2014 Arkansas 4-H Dairy Camp and competitive activities will be held in conjunction with the 25th Annual 4-State Dairy Days, June 19-22, at the Benton County Fairgrounds. The activities include the annual Dairy Camp, Dairy Ambassador Interview/Presentations, Dairy Skillathon and Dairy Quiz Bowl.

The annual 4-H Dairy Camp will start at noon on June 19 and conclude at noon on June 20. This year’s camp will focus on dairy cattle grooming and showmanship. Professional dairy fitters will be the guest instructors. Guest clinicians will guide you through the basics and finer points of dairy cattle grooming and showmanship. Youth will work in small groups and receive individual assistance from dairy professionals, county agents and volunteer leaders. In addition, there will be presentations by dairy industry professionals about career opportunities in the dairy industry. Youth should bring their show animals and grooming equipment. Lodging for camp participants (youth and adults) will be provided on Thursday at the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel. Meals, snacks and refreshments will be provided. Registration will be $35 per participant (youth and adults) with the registration deadline on June 2, 2014.

The Dairy Ambassador Presentation/Interview will be on Friday, June 20, at 1 p.m.

The Dairy Quiz Bowl will begin at 6 p.m. The Dairy Quiz Bowl is a tournament-style contest made up of teams of three to four 4-H members. There is a junior (9-13) and senior (14-19) division. Question topics will cover animal health, nutrition, reproduction, marketing, milk and more.

The Dairy Judging contest will be conducted on Saturday, June 21, at 9 a.m. Age is determined by age as of January 1 of the current year. There will be both a junior (9-13) and senior (14-19) age division. This is considered the Arkansas State 4-H Contest.

Other Dairy Days activities include 1) Dairy Olympics, 2) Select Dairy Heifer Sale, 3) Senior Fitting Contest, 4) Showmanship Contests and 5) All Breeds Show.

For details of all activities, go to the 4-States Dairy Days web site at http://www.4statedairydays.org.