MADISON – The third annual Grazing Seminars at World Dairy Expo will be on Friday, October 7, 2011. The all-day seminar series; organized by DATCP, UW Extension, and industry partners; will feature a range of topics and be followed by a free reception.

●  10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Training the Next Generation of Dairy Farmers. Joe Tomandl III will talk about Wisconsin’s first-in-the-nation Dairy Apprentice Program that helps beginning farmers get off to a good start with classroom education and a formal on-farm apprenticeship.

●  11:15a.m.-12:15 p.m. Outwintering versus Winter Housing – What are the Tradeoffs? How much winter housing do you need? Dr. Rhonda Gildersleeve, UW Extension Grazing Specialist, will explore the tradeoffs between housing, seasonal milking, feed costs, and milk production.

●  12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Cross-country Tour de Research: A Roundtable Discussion of Grazing Research at U.S. Universities. Here’s your opportunity to hear what grazing and organic systems research is being done and to provide input and suggestions for future research topics.

●  2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Is Grass-fed the Wave of the Future? Market Forecast for Organic and Grass-based Dairy. George Siemon, Organic Valley, and Chad Pawlak, Grass Point Farms, will discuss the role of value-added markets for dairy products and offer a market analysis and forecast.

●  3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Free Reception. Opportunity to meet with speakers and sponsors for refreshments and conversation.