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: or


 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


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.

Beginning in 2015, dairy producers who wish to qualify for the maximum TAEP cost share will need to participate in two of three master dairy modules annually. Dairy producers are encouraged to take advantage of continuing education opportunities in 2014, although certification won’t be required for the 50 percent cost share until 2015. More information is posted online at the TAEP website:


Dr. Sha Tao to become dairy faculty member at the University of Georgia-Tifton

Sha Tao will become assistant professor in Heat Stress Physiology and Nutrition at the University of Georgia, effective July 1. He is currently is a post-doctoral associate at the University of Florida’s Department of Animal Sciences.

In his new position, he plans to build upon an active research and Extension program to further explore how heat stress affects cow and calf performance, and to seek proper management tools to cope with the negative impacts of heat stress in Southeast.


UF seeking candidates for Dairy Cattle Well-Being assistant professor

The University of Florida has an opening for a position in Dairy Cattle Health and Well-Being at the rank of assistant or associate professor. This is a joint faculty position in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (LACS) in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida. The overall expectations for the position are to conduct research and outreach to improve dairy cattle health and well-being. More information at


Florida Dairy Extension calendar

• Feb. 4-5 – 25th Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium.

• March 15 – 3rd Family Day at the Dairy Farm.

• April 9 – 50th Florida Dairy Production Conference, Gainesville, FL.

May 7-9 – 63th Florida Beef Cattle Short Course.

• May 29 –  Corn Silage and Forage Field Day.