Dairy farm succession planning will be a key focus as Indiana and Kentucky dairy producers, nutritionists and support industry professionals come together for the fifth annual Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange at the end of July near Shelbyville, Ky.

The conference and farm tours will run from July 31 at 1 p.m. to Aug. 1 at noon. Program attendees will visit five dairy operations in Kentucky and hear presentations from Purdue University faculty.

On the evening of July 31, Angela Gloy, Purdue University farm business planning specialist, and Kelly Heckaman, a Purdue Extension educator, will give a presentation on planning for the next generation of dairy farmers.

“We have a lot of dairy producers nearing retirement,” Nennich said. That’s sparking questions from farmers wondering how to split their assets and adequately plan for the next generation.

Gloy and Heckaman will help dairy producers think through these complex issues.

Nennich said the exchange also offers farmers an opportunity to learn about new techniques in the industry and meet and share ideas with other farmers in the area. This year, farmers will see and learn about compost bedded pack barns, a type of housing facility not common in Indiana.

The dairy tours also will feature a farm that extensively uses alternative feeds and operations that use sand-bedded freestall barns in their production.

The Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange is an annual event organized in collaboration between Purdue University, the University of Kentucky, and Indiana Dairy Producers.

For more information, contact Tamilee Nennich at 765-494-4823, tnennich@purdue.edu , or Mike Schultz at 765-494-9478 or email at mschultz@purdue.edu

For registration information and detailed information about the farm tours, visit http://indianadairy.org/