February 13, 2002 | By: Aimee D. Heald

University of Kentucky Dairy Specialist George Heersche, Jr. said the Commonwealth’s dairy industry is constantly changing and gaining potential.

“We’re well positioned in this part of the U.S. right now and we stand to gain a lot from that,” he said. “We’re a lot closer to states with population growth like Florida than Wisconsin is and we should take advantage of that proximity.”

The UK Cooperative Extension Service will host the 2002 Kentucky Dairy Conference at the Cave City Convention Center March 12. Speakers from Kentucky and around the country will discuss current issues in dairy production and management. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. and the conference will conclude at 3 p.m.

“Our focus this year is on reproductive management of the dairy herd,” Heersche said. “We’ll also highlight recent happenings in the industry and share updates with producers.” Evans Wright, Kentucky dairy farmer and President of the Kentucky Milk Producers Association will lead off the morning session. Wright has spearheaded the effort to obtain Phase I tobacco funds for the Ky. dairy industry.

Animal scientists have learned much about cystic ovaries in dairy cattle and Bill Silvia, UK reproductive physiologist, will detail the most current research.

Conference participants also will hear from internationally-recognized author of the Artificial Breeding column in Hoard’s Dairyman, Jeffrey Stevenson. Stevenson is a faculty member of the Kansas State University animal science and industry department.

Other speakers include Kentucky dairy producers, veterinarians and industry professionals.

Registration for the conference is $15 if paid by March 1 or $20 at the door. Contact your local county Extension agent for registration materials. Send a check payable to Kentucky PDCA to George Heersche, Jr. , Extension Dairy Specialist, University of Kentucky, 406 W.P. Garrigus Bldg., Lexington, KY 40546-0215.

“The Kentucky dairy industry has its share of challenges,” Heersche concluded. “But by keeping up with the latest research and management techniques, we’ll be able to tackle those head on and make the industry better all the way around.”


George Heersche  859-257-5987