The Illinois Milk Producers’ Association (IMPA) is sponsoring a dairy tech showcase on Tuesday, July 31. The conference will be hosted by dairy consultant and former extension specialist Dave Fischer and will highlight dairy technology at two Southern Illinois dairy farms. 

Attendees will visit Meyer VMS Dairy, owned by Paul and Lisa Meyer. Located at 18718 Ellwood Road, Breese, Ill., the farm is 1 mile north and east of St. Rose in Clinton County. The Meyer Dairy recently incorporated a DeLaval robotic milking system in their herd, as well as an automated calf feeding system and long-day, short-night lighting. 

Also included in the tour is Elm Farms Dairy, owned by Norb, Hadley, Larry, Wayne and Michelle Hasheider. Elm Farms Dairy features a high-type registered Holstein herd, a Lely robotic milking system and a manure flush system with sand bedding reclamation. The farm is located at 15542 Bottom Road, Okawville, Ill., which is approximately 1 mile west of town on Route 177, and north on Bottom Road.  

Each farm stop will include an organized tour, discussion and question and answer sessions, led by Fischer.

The tour of Meyer VMS Dairy begins at 10:30 a.m. and continues through noon. The tour of Elm Farms Dairy begins at 1:30 p.m. and continues through 3 p.m. Travel time between the farms is approximately 45 minutes and attendees are responsible for their own lunch arrangements. There is no need to register for the event, and participants may attend either one or both of the host farm operations. 

For more information, contact Jim Fraley, IMPA manager, at 309-557-3109 or Dave Fischer at 618-224-7951.