4-State Dairy Days scheduled in Arkansas

The 25th Annual 4-State Dairy Days and Dairy Camp will be held June 19-22 at the Benton County Fairgrounds, Bentonville, Ark.
The event is open to 4-H, FFA and FCCLA members, ages 5 to 19, from Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas. It is organized by the Benton County Dairy Industry Association to promote the dairy industry and providing opportunities for youth to learn and compete in a fun, safe, family-friendly environment.

The weekend kicks off with a dairy camp, organized by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, June 19-20. Activities include workshops on grooming and clipping, dairy showmanship, dairy knowledge, marketing dairy products and dairy careers.

Friday’s Dairy Days events include an Arkansas Dairy Ambassador Contest, Dairy Skill-A-Thon, quiz bowl contests, Dairy Olympics and an ice cream social.

The Select Dairy Heifer Sale will be held on Saturday, along with a silent auction, dairy judging contest, senior fitting contest and showmanship competition.

The All-Breed Dairy Show, including Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Holstein, Jersey, Guernsey, Red and White, and Milking Shorthorn classes will take place on Sunday, followed by a dairy commercial heifer show. For more information, visit 4statedairydays.org.


Florida Small Farms Dairy Conference scheduled

A Small Farms Dairy Conference will be held June 19-20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Frank Stronach Conference Center, Citra, Fla.

This two-day conference is for people who own or work for a small (1-50) animal dairy, or are considering investing their time and resources in this business. The program includes a visit to a dairy farm whose owners create and sell their own artisan cheeses.

Management topics for dairy cattle and goat farming to be addressed include:

• animal selection

• calf raising

• diseases and parasites

• reproduction

• lactation

• grazing options for small dairies

• forage options and pasture management

• soil sampling

• dairy regulations and housing specifications

• forage testing and results interpretation

• basic bovine nutrition

Cost is $75 per person; $90 after June 13. Registration includes materials, lunch and refreshments for both days. To register online, visit: sfdairyconference14.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact: Sarah White, e-mail: sewhite@ufl.edu or Jonael Bosques, e-mail jonael@ufl.edu.


KYFarmStart Missouri dairy tour is June 30-July 2

“Beginning” dairy farmers from Kentucky are invited to a three-day study tour of Missouri dairy farms, June 30-July 2.

This bus tour is designed for young dairy farmers who: (1)  has been involved in management decisions for less than 10 years and/or (2)under the age of 40 (3)  and/or has been involved during the last year in the KyFarmStart dairy programs.

The fee is $100 for those who meet these qualifications and they will be given first priority.  Other dairy farmers may be placed on a waiting list at a registration fee of $300. Space is limited to 25 participants.  It will be on a first come, first served basis.  Registration deadline is June 15.

The KYFarmStart program is supported by the BEginning farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, USDA, and coordianted by the Kentucky Dairy Development Council and the University of Kentucky.

Click on the items below for more information.

•        Agenda

•        Participant Letter

•        Registration Form


Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange is July 29-30

The 7th annual Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange will be held July 29-30 in Adair, Green and Taylor counties, Ky. The event provides a forum for dairy producers from Kentucky and Indiana to exchange ideas and information, rotating annually between and Kentucky and Indiana. 

The primary focal point of the Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange is a series of farm visits in the host state. This year's hosts are David Hutchison, David Corbin, Tony Cowherd and Tony Compton.

An short evening program will feature Dr. Nicola Blackie, discussing lameness and the United Kingdom dairy industry.

Registration information is available at http://afsdairy.ca.uky.edu/extension/events/kyinexchange

Registration deadline is July 15. For further information, contact Jeffrey Bewley at jeffrey.bewley@uky.edu.

Headquarters hotel is the Best Western Campbellsville Inn. Each person is responsible for their own hotel reservations. The  "UK Dairy Exchange Group" rate is $76.49 plus tax. Phone:  270-465-7001


Southeast Hay Contest, forage directory planned

A new directory listing forage growers who enter the Southeast Hay Contest will be published this fall, according to University of Georgia Extension forage specialist Dennis Hancock.

Growers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia are eligible to enter the Southeast Hay Conference. Categories include warm-season perennial grass hay, perennial peanut or alfalfa hay, cool-season perennial grass hay, mixed annual grass or other hay, grass baleage and legume baleage. Winners will be announced at the Oct. 14-16 Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga.

The optional directory listing will cost each contest entrant $30 on top of the $15/sample lab test fee and $2/sample entry fee. The directory will be posted on the UGA Forages website and made available to media outlets throughout the Southeast.


2014 Florida Dairy Business Conference is Aug. 6

The annual Florida Dairy Business Conference will be held Aug. 6 at the Marion County Extension Auditorium, Ocala, Fla. Highlighting this year's conference are:

• Dr. Joe Outlaw, ag economist from Texas A&M, will speak about the new Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) contained in the 2014 Farm Bill, as well as other risk management options.

• Dr. John Van Sickle, from the University of Florida Food and Resource Economics Department, will be on hand to both discuss these options and give a corn, soybean and milk market update. 

• Calvin Covington, former SMI CEO, will share what's going on in the world of dairy marketing and his milk price predictions. 

• David Bray will lead a panel discussion on employee job descriptions and how they are best used to have happy and productive employees. A special questionnaire will be given out at the beginning of the conference, asking all producers to supply anonymous information about how much they pay their employees. Survey results will be presented during the program. 

Contact Mary Sowerby (meso@ufl.edu; 386-362-2771) for further information.