Nearly 12 months of below breakeven milk prices left little room in any dairy budget for mistakes in the new year. To help dairy farm owners begin the difficult process of building a 2010 budget, the Center for Dairy Excellence set two “Mastering the Dairy Business” noon conference calls in January.
 
The first call is slated for Wednesday, Jan. 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. (EST). Mark Stephenson from Cornell University will host the first call and will provide insight on what dairies should be working toward in 2010.
 
The second call is Wednesday, Jan. 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. (EST).  Leading the call is Gary Snider, the vice president of farm business consulting for Farm Credit of Western New York. He will offer his insight on factors to consider in building your 2010 dairy budget.
 
Both conference calls are offered at no charge, but pre-registration is required and is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, call (717) 346-0849 with the date of call you plan to attend, your name, phone number and email address. Once registered, you receive the call-in number and code.

Source: Center for Dairy Excellence