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Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange offers forum for idea sharing
The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is partnering with Purdue University to offer the third annual Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange. The two-day meeting will give dairy producers an opportunity to visit other dairies and learn the latest from UK and Purdue specialists Aug. 3 and 4 in Russellville.
Dairy specialists from both universities believe Kentucky and Indiana producers share many common challenges and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.
Presentations will feature reproduction economics, transition cows, and harvesting and storage equipment. Participants will have a chance to tour local dairy enterprises including JP Robertson Dairy, home to 200 Holsteins, featuring a renovated parlor and pedometers; Sam Coblentz Dairy, home to 90 Holsteins, featuring a compost bedded packed barn; Jimmy and Mary Lou Wright's Dairy, home to 320 Jerseys, featuring a freestall barn and a renowned forage management system; Robey Family Dairy, home to 1,300 Holsteins, featuring recently expanded calf facilities and Chaney's Dairy Barn, a Jersey dairy with agritourism programming and ice cream.
Registration will begin at 1 p.m., Aug. 3 at the Logan County extension office. For more information, a registration form is available at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/AnimalSciences/dairy/2010KYINExchange.pdf. Pre-registration is due July 15 and is $25 per person.
The Logan County extension office is located at 255 John Paul Road, Russellville, between traffic lights 7 and 8 on the U. S. 68/KY80 bypass. The building has a distinctive UK-blue roof. It is very easy to see from the bypass. More detailed directions are included in the brochure.
The Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange is sponsored by UK and Purdue Cooperative Extension Services and is supported by industry sponsors including Jackson Dairy Supply/DeLaval/Afimilk, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Kentucky Dairy Development Council, Dairy Farmers of America, GEA WestfaliaSurge, Advanced Comfort Technology, Neogen Corporation, Alltech, Arm and Hammer Animal Nutrition, CPC Livestock Nutrition/Dr. Ken McGuffey, Southern States, Kentucky Nutrition Service, Bluegrass Dairy and Food, KABA/Select Sires, Burkmann Feeds, Mycogen Seeds, Nurture Calf Formula, Novus International and Dairy Products Association of Kentucky.
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