Calculate your cost of production for 2013
The University of Kentucky and Kentucky Dairy Development Council (KDDC) have developed a tool for dairy farmers to calculate their cost of production. The Cost of Production (COP) tool is available online and in paper form so that dairy producers may determine the cost of production for their farm. Check out the UK/KDDC COP website at: www.uky.edu/Ag/AnimalSciences/dairy/decisiontools/cop/cop.htm or http://www.uky.edu/Ag/AnimalSciences/dairy/decisiontools/cop/cop.pdf.
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.
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
UT Extension Master Dairy Producer training underway
The University of Tennessee Extension is offering Master Dairy Producer training for the state’s dairy operators in 2014.
This training replaces the Tennessee Quality Milk Producer certification currently offered. Peter Krawczel, UT Extension dairy specialist, is leading the curriculum development effort and will be presenting the training.
The first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on new approaches to calf and heifer management. Training is being held at several locations this week. Remaining sessions include: will be available as follows: Cookeville, Jan. 29; Greeneville, Jan. 30; and Athens, Jan. 31. Contact your county UT Extension agent for details. The cost of attending will be $25 with lunch provided.
Subsequent programs in 2014 will focus on heat stress and transition cow management. Options for reproduction programs will be also be presented, with details to be announced at a later date.
Earning a Master Dairy Producer Certificate may also help farmers qualify for the maximum cost-share funding available through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP). The TAEP assists qualified producers with cost-share funds of up to 50% of the cost of designated equipment or construction of qualifying facilities.