3-4 p.m. Wisdom in Minutes Attend this session and take home a tip or trick to improve your dairy’s efficiency. Session will feature mini-presentations from leading California dairy producers, nutritionists and veterinarians, sharing information on tools they’ve discovered to save time, money or unnecessary hassle.
Thursday, Feb. 13
12-1 p.m. Lunch-and-Learn: Commodity Market Risk Management This macroeconomic presentation will take you through dairy, feed, currency and energy market conditions, potential price scenarios and the steps you must take when running enterprises dependent on commodity market prices. A free lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
1:30-2:30 p.m. Video tour: Pirtle & Sons Dairy, Roswell, New Mexico See how this farming family got into the dairy business less than a decade ago. Since then, they've taken an out-of-the-box approach to dairy herd health, adopting the use of ozone gas for a multitude of on-farm applications including in the parlor, footbaths and hospital pen.
HAY AND FORAGE SEMINARS
Tuesday, Feb. 11
10-10:45 a.m. Predicting the 2014 Western Hay Market Seth Hoyt, The Hoyt Report, will discuss weather conditions and their impact on the Western alfalfa hay market. The dynamics of large quantities of lower-quality hay and tighter, high-quality alfalfa hay supplies — with variations in alfalfa hay plantings and acreage — will make 2014 an interesting year for the Western alfalfa-hay industry.
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Top 5 Production Practices to Improve Alfalfa Yield and Profitability Steve Orloff, University of California, Siskiyou County Farm Advisor, will discuss how solid agronomic management increases alfalfa yield and the bottom line
1-1:45 p.m. Closing the Quality Gap from Field to Feeding Dale Hohlbauch, Hay and Forage Specialist, Garton Tractor, will review steps to adjust and operate harvesting equipment to help you close the gap between feed-quality goals and harvesting realities.
2-3:15 p.m. What’s the Buzz About Shredlage? Jamey Albrecht, Corn Product Manager, Mycogen Seeds, will lead a panel discussion on Shredlage®, a new method of silage processing that shreds rather than chops the corn plant for higher digestibility. Panelists include Jed Asmus, January Innovation, Inc.; Darren Dias, Delta View Farm; Jared Fragoso, Dias & Fragoso Custom Chopping; Roger Olson, Shredlage, LLC.