February 14, 2007 | By: Aimee Nielson

The 2007 Kentucky Dairy Conference is set for March 6 at the Cave City Convention Center. The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring the one-day event where dairy professionals from Kentucky, Georgia and Pennsylvania will address issues important to dairy producers. 

John Bernard, University of Georgia Extension dairy specialist, will discuss ways to control feed costs “over the long haul.” Bernard is known for his practical research and Extension programming in dairy nutrition. Specifically he has concentrated on using various byproducts in dairy feeding programs and has studied how nutrition and management programs can improve profitability. Bernard also will give a presentation entitled “Managing the Money Makers.”

Senior Extension Educator in Agricultural Engineering for the Penn State Cooperative Research Service Dan McFarland will talk to producers about “Bringing Your Freestall Up-to-Date.” McFarland’s focus is how agricultural engineering relates to topics and issues in dairy production. He has been especially interested in farmstead layout, improving existing facilities and features that enhance animal comfort and productivity. McFarland also will speak about how to help cows deal with summer heat.

Kentucky dairy farmer George Purcell of Jackson County will give a Kentucky American Dairy Association update entitled “New Directions, Partnerships and Progress.” This will be an update about the way check-off dollars are spent to promote dairy products.

Another Kentucky dairy producer, Denise Robey, will discuss her calf management program in the afternoon session.

Registration will be $25 at the door. The program begins with exhibits at 8:30 a.m., with the first session beginning at 9:30 a.m. The program adjourns at 2:15 p.m., all times Central Standard Time. For more information contact Donna Amaral-Phillips at 859-257-7542, e-mail damaral@uky.edu or Katie Beeles at 859-257-7533.


Donna Amaral-Phillips, 859-257-7542