K-State to Host Dairy Sessions for Producers

July 9, 2015 03:29 AM
K-State to Host Dairy Sessions for Producers

Economic and production topics will be covered.
By: Mary Lou Peter, K-State Research & Extension News

The heat is on in the dairy industry – in summer temperatures as well as the dairy market. To address key issues for dairy producers, Kansas State University will host “Summer Dairy Herd Challenges: Managing Price and Production Risks” in two locations.

The meetings are planned to provide the latest production and economic information to dairy producers as they make important decisions leading up to a Sept. 30 deadline as part of the Dairy Margin Protection Program. They are sponsored by the

The sessions, presented by K-State Research and Extension animal scientists and agricultural economists, will be July 31 in Hutchinson at the Amish Community Center, and Aug. 4 in Seneca at the Nemaha County Community Building. Representatives of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency will be on hand to discuss details of the Dairy MPP.

The program begins at 10 a.m. at each location and ends at 2 p.m. Lunch is provided, courtesy of the Kansas Dairy Commission.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Dairy Margin Protection Program Basics and 2016 Election Decisions;
  • Relationships Between Heat Stress and Reproductive Performance in Kansas Dairy Herds;
  • Reducing Heat Stress on Transition and Post-Fresh Cattle;
  • Improving Transition and Post-Fresh Performance with Feed Additives; and 
  • Culling in the First 60 Days of Lactation and Transition Cow Challenges in Kansas Dairy Herds.

Presenters will be Gregg Hadley, K-State Research and Extension assistant director, and K-State dairy specialists Mike Brouk and Luis Mendonca.

Registration for the July 31 session in Hutchinson is requested by July 24 (to ensure a lunch) by calling the Reno County extension office at 620-662-2371.

Registration for the Aug. 4 session in Seneca is requested by July 31 by calling the Meadowlark Extension District’s Seneca office at 785-336-2184.

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