February 11, 2004 | By: Haven Miller

When dairy producers gather March 2 in Cave City for the 2004 Kentucky Dairy Conference most of the sessions will have a common purpose – increasing farm profits.

“Whether the topic is reproductive health or nutrition management or vaccinating the herd, it’s all geared toward helping our Kentucky dairy producers reduce costs and optimize income,” said Donna Amaral-Phillips, Extension dairy specialist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

One of the conference’s out-of-state speakers, Doug Lueking, partners with his dad in owning and operating an innovative Illinois dairy operation.  The Lueking Dairy Farm milks 65 registered Holsteins with a rolling herd average of more than 28,000 pounds of milk.

“He’ll give a firsthand, detailed account of how he and his dad manage their operation, and it will no doubt give our Kentucky producers some valuable information to take back with them from the conference,” Amaral-Phillips said.

Another out-of-state speaker, dairy scientist Bob James, will discuss ways of getting the most money and profit out of your nutritional consultant. James teaches and conducts research in nutrition and dairy management at Virginia Tech.

Other sessions include updates from the Kentucky Milk Producers Association and American Dairy Association, an update on the status of the U.S. Animal Identification Plan, and discussions that include optimizing the cow’s feeding program, the “Repro Top 10,” what’s new in Net Merit, and vaccination tips.

“Our speakers include dairy specialists, farmers and other industry leaders and there’s something for everyone in terms of beneficial information so we encourage our producers to register as soon as possible,” Amaral-Phillips said.

The conference is Tuesday, March 2 at the Cave City Convention Center . The pre-registration cost is $15 per person if mailed on or before February 23, or $20 after that. Checks should be made payable to Kentucky PDCA and mailed to Donna Amaral-Phillips, UK Animal Sciences Dept., 414 W.P. Garrigus Building, Lexington, KY 40546-0215.

For questions or more information contact Amaral-Phillips at 859-257-7542, or damaral@uky.edu.


Source: Donna Amaral-Phillips, 859-257-7542