November 20, 2014 | By: Aimee Nielson
Lexington, Ky.

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment invites dairy producers to attend the second Precision Dairy Showcase Dec. 3 at the UK Coldstream Dairy in Lexington and on the UK campus at E.S. Good Barn.

“This event gives producers a chance to see more than a dozen different precision dairy technologies in action at the UK Coldstream Dairy,” said Jeffrey Bewley, UKAg extension dairy specialist. “We will also provide updates from the research we have conducted in the past two years in our efforts to advance the use of monitoring solutions for dairy farms.”

The event begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. EST at E.S. Good Barn, with presentations beginning at 8:30 a.m. Morning topics include:

·         Precision Dairy Farming: Lessons Learned

·         Precision Dairy Farming Technology Adoption,

·         Precision Technologies to Detect Lameness: Putting Our Best Foot Forward

·         Potential for Rumen pH boluses

·         Body Condition Scoring

·         Detection of Subclinical Hypocalcemia and Ketosis in Fresh Dairy Cows

·         How Precision Technologies Can Help Monitor Metabolic Diseases in the Transition

·         Preliminary Results for a Non-invasive Sleep Monitor for Dairy Cattle

·         Lying and Rumination Behavior as Potential Predictors of Calving Time

·         Calving Detection Using a Temperature-Based Monitor

After lunch, participants will travel to the UK Coldstream Dairy for a tour and technology showcase. Afternoon topics include:

·         Mastitis DetectionThe Predictive Power of Precision Dairy

·         Reproductive Performance Comparison of Timed Artificial

·         Insemination and Activity Based Estrus Detection

·         Estrus Detection Through Activity Monitoring and More

·         Investment Analysis of Automated Estrus Detection Technologies

·         Precision Dairy: What Does the Future Hold?

The day of instruction will wrap up with a producer panel about technology adoption at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and a trade show back at E.S. Good Barn.

Registration is $50 and includes meals, breaks and printed materials from the presentations. Details and the program are available at http://tinyurl.com/UKPrecision2014.

Contact: 

Jeffrey Bewley, 859-257-7543

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