Individuals interested in learning about large herd management and the major issues facing the industry in the Southwest should plan to attend the Dairy Industry Short Course Oct. 12-14 at the Ambassador Hotel in
This short course is specifically designed for individuals who are either new to the industry or wish to learn more about how large dairies operate in the Southwest, said Ellen Jordan, Texas AgriLife Extension Service dairy specialist in
The Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium, in conjunction with
The course will run daily from 8 a.m. on Oct. 12 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 14 and provide a knowledge foundation regarding the life cycle of the dairy cow for those individuals serving the industry, she said.
Pre-registration for the class, which is limited to 20 people, is required by Oct. 4. Complete registration (including fees required) and schedule information can be obtained by visiting http://texasdairymatters.organd downloading the registration form or by calling Choyia Holley, (254) 968-4144.
Specific presentations will include: calving and transition cow management; calf and heifer raising; lactating herd management (nutrition, reproduction, health and lactation); environmental issues such as air, water and nutrient management; economic impact; and labor management.
Each day’s program will include formal classroom instruction as well as on-farm tours and training so participants can see first-hand different management systems, facility types and milking parlors,
Instructors include: Todd Bilby, AgriLife Extension and Texas AgriLife Research, Stephenville; Ralph Bruno, AgriLife Extension, Canyon;
Course participants needing hotel accommodations should reserve a hotel room at the Ambassador Hotel 3100 W. I-40,
The Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium is a multi-university, multi-disciplinary and inter-agency Consortium focused on developing and adapting technologies in an environmentally sound manner and delivering educational programs to enhance the efficiency and quality of milk production and processing, and their related impact on the
Source: Texas AgriLife Extension