Today, this new focus has led to programming that teaches producers and agribusiness professionals how to manage risk, animal well-being, people, nutrients, and technology in order to increase profitability on the farm through educational programs and online tools such as the Penn State Profitability Assessment (PA) Dairy Tool, the Penn State Income over Feed Cost Tool, and the Penn State Cash Flow Planning Tool.
Program planning is already under way for this fall and winter. On the agenda are two conferences:
- Middle Manager’s Conference, designed to help dairy middle managers and supervisors manage people and cows better, scheduled November 8 at Harrisburg, PA
- Penn State Nutrition Conference, a continuing education program for feed industry professionals and nutritional consultants, scheduled November 9-10 at Grantville, PA
Also, customized training on planning a dairy cash flow and/or calculating a farm’s income over feed cost is currently available to individual producers or agribusiness groups. In addition, Dairy Discussion Groups for producers and consultants, Technology Tuesdays webinar series, Calf Health Management Workshops, Feed Management Plan Writing Workshops for Certified Feed Management Planners, and the online Friday Facilitator Forums for Dairy Team Facilitators are coming this fall and winter. Dates and details will be announced in July.
For more information, contact the Penn State Extension Dairy Team in the Department of Dairy and Animal Science at 888-373-7232 or visit www.das.psu.edu