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‘Dairy Herd Management’ event in Glencoe

GLENCOE — University of Minnesota Extension, in collaboration with the Minnesota Dairy Initiative- SouthCentral Region, have announced the upcoming Winter Dairy Series in an effort to bring dairy production education to the region.

The first event of the 2019-2020 McLeod & Sibley Winter Dairy Series will be held Monday, December 16th at Unhinged Pizza in Glencoe, Minnesota. The featured speaker of the afternoon, Dr. Joe Armstrong, Cattle Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension, will focus on providing dairy producers with information and resources on using beef genetics in their dairy herd. This event will include a pizza buffet starting at NOON with Dr.

Armstrong’s presentation scheduled from 12:30 until 2:00p.m. Pre-registration is requested. Cost: FREE.

Dairies across the country have adopted the practice of mating their milk cows with beef breeds for multiple different reasons- these dairy/beef crosses are typically worth more at market, they are more efficient and can be in higher demand than their dairy counterparts. Dr. Joe Armstrong, a 2015 graduate of the University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine, brings with him a wealth of knowledge and practical applications of both medicine and management for both dairy and beef operations and his presentation will explore the possibilities of successfully incorporating beef in a milking operation. Key aspects of this breeding strategy such as goal setting, marketing, EPDs and carcass traits will be discussed, as well as limitations that need to be considered when making this transition.

Upcoming Dairy Series Calendar Dates:

January 23 — Crow River Winery & Vineyard. 14848 MN HWY 7, Hutchinson. Women in Dairy: “Kim Bremmer: Celebrating Women in Agriculture “ Pre-Registration required. Cost: $20 if received before January 8; $25 after January 8.

February 6 — Sibley County Service Center. 12 p.m. 111 8th St, Gaylord. Dr. Erin Royster, Assistant Professor, UMN Dept. of Veterinary Population Medicine: “Mastitis Diagnostics – Get the most bang for your buck” Pre-registration requested. Light meat included. Cost: Free.

March 12 — Hahn’s Dining and Lounge. 8 p.m. 206 Main St. North, Winthrop. Dairy Farmers Night Out “Nutritionist Panel” Moderator: Jim Salfer, UMN Dairy Cattle Extension Educator. Panelists: Brian Miller – Hubbard Feeds, Rich Schug- UFC Farm Supply and Barry Visser – Vita Plus. Pre-Registration requested. Light meal included. Cost: Free

Contact MDI-SouthCentral Region office at 952-466-5311, Sibley County Extension at 507-237-4100 or McLeod County Extension at 320-484-4334 to register for the event or for more information.

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