With the recent difficulties in the dairy industry still affecting most operations around the country, producers are looking for ways to better manage their animals and employees. The 2010 Dairy Calf & Heifer Conference held March 23-25 in Lexington, Ky., will provide the means to do just that.

The conference, presented by the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA), will feature leading researchers, academia and business professionals in the dairy calf and heifer industry sharing their expertise with producers. Topics range from practical applications such as vaccinations, colostrum management and biosecurity, to broader issues such as managing financial risk and developing strong contracts.

“Our annual conference is the premier event in the dairy calf and heifer replacement industry,” said Eugene Myatt, DCHA second vice president and chairman of the Conference Committee. “We bring together an elite group of individuals and ask them to present material that producers can use on their operations to be more efficient and profitable. On top of that, we have companies from all corners of the industry come and display their products in our trade show.”

In addition to the trade show, which has historically involved more than 60 companies, the 2010 Dairy Calf & Heifer Conference will also feature live animal demonstrations. Licensed veterinarians will educate producers on proper techniques for restraint, physical examination, venipuncture and more. This additional educational portion of the conference allows producers to sharpen their skills and ensure that they are handling and caring for their animals in the most humane way possible.

“This year’s conference in Lexington should prove to be one of our best,” continued Myatt. “Producers of every size and from every location will be able to find something useful to take back to their farms.”

The conference and trade show will be held at the LexingtonConvention Center. To register or to find out more information about the 2010 Dairy Calf & Heifer Conference, visit www.calfandheifer.org or call (877) 434-3377.

Source: Dairy Calf and Heifer Association