Milk Quality Conference to include panel, digesters information

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Indiana Milk Quality Professionals Inc. will present a conference April 15-16 to provide up-to-date information and educational support for dairy industry professionals involved in improving the quality of milk produced in Indiana.

The Indiana Milk Quality Conference will be held at Don Hall's Guesthouse, 1313 W. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne. The annual conference will feature speakers covering topics including how to use mastitis culture results, pros and cons of on-farming milk culturing, monitoring technology on the farm, and economics of digesters on dairy farms.

A producer panel on management practices to increase milk production on farms will include topics such as breeding management, genetics and robotic milking.

"Anyone who has anything to do with supplying milk to consumers is encouraged to attend," said Mike Schutz, a professor and associate head of Purdue's Department of Animal Sciences. "Attendees will learn up-to-date knowledge on current technology of milk quality, along with various other topics led by dairy industry professionals."

To register, send the registration form and a $100 registration fee to Indiana Milk Quality Professionals Inc., Robin Fuhrman, secretary/treasurer, P.O. Box 10419 Fort Wayne, Ind., 46852. Advanced registration is required, but it can be paid at the door. There is no registration fee for industry and regulatory retirees, but they will need to register.

Overnight accommodations may be made at the Don Hall's Guesthouse, which has set aside a block of rooms for the organization under group number 4414. To reserve a room, call 800-348-1999.

More information on the conference is available on the organization's website at http://www.imqpinc.com or by contacting Fuhrman at dairydolly@aol.com or 260-483-6436, ext. 3327.



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