Providing the best possible care for their animals is a top priority for dairy producers, and the sixth annual I-29 Dairy Conference will offer a number of presentations and resources to support their efforts. The event will be held Feb. 9 and 10 at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, S.D., and is coordinated by dairy extension specialists from North Dakota State University, Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, and South Dakota State University.

Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned livestock handling expert who was featured in HBO's Emmy Award-winning film, "Temple Grandin," will be the event's keynote speaker. Dr. Grandin has received worldwide acclaim for her ability to design livestock handling systems that reduce stress on animals and improve safety for people working with the livestock. Her keynote presentation at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, will be open to both conference attendees and the general public.

"We are excited to offer a top-notch slate of presentations on dairy sustainability and animal well-being to dairy producers along the I-29 corridor," said Kim Clark, dairy research coordinator at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and program chair of the 2010 conference. "The I-29 Dairy Conference is designed to help producers in all five states of the region improve their operations and learn from industry experts and colleagues."

Other presentations on Thursday, Feb. 10 include:

• "How Do You Define Sustainability?" Jim Paulson, University of Minnesota

• "The Way to Reduce Stress on Animals," Temple Grandin, Colorado State University

• "Livestock Care Issues: Past, Present and Future," Scott Higgins, Ohio Dairy Producers Association

• "Lameness: Effects on Performance, Profit and Welfare," Jan Shearer, Iowa State University

• "Dairy Carbon Footprints: A Tool for Your Farm," Crystal Powers, University of Nebraska

• "Mold and Mycotoxins in Your Dairy Feeds," Lon Whitlow, North Carolina State University

Registration for the full conference is $25, including the dinner and the keynote presentation on Feb 9 and sessions on Feb. 10. The general public is invited to Dr. Grandin's keynote presentation on Feb. 9. The admission fee for the keynote presentation only is $10. Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the door.

Dairy producers can find the full program schedule and register for the conference at www.sdstate.edu/sdces/resources/animals/dairy/i-29.cfm.

Source: I-29 Dairy Conference