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Industry issues at forefront of four regional dairy meetings

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Written Friday, February 02, 2007  

Dairy producers across the state of Indiana are invited to the 2007 Indiana Regional Dairy Meetings to get ideas about how they can milk their operations for all they are worth.

"The meetings are an education-based opportunity for producers to learn about topics affecting the dairy industry," said Kelly Easterday, Purdue Extension educator from Kosciusko County. "The two biggest things will be a discussion of biofuels and how producers can utilize dried distillers grains, and a presentation on alfalfa and forage resources that are available in Indiana."

The meetings, sponsored by the Purdue University Dairy Extension Team and Indiana Professional Dairy Producers (IPDP) in partnership with the Indiana Forage Council, will take place in February at four locations in Indiana.

"The collaboration between the three groups is really beneficial because it allows us to host a wider variety of speakers," Easterday said.

Dates and locations are as follows:

* Feb. 20, The Galley, 622 N. 13th St., Decatur.

* Feb. 21, Essenhaus Inn and Conference Center, 240 U.S. 20, Middlebury.

* Feb. 27, The Log Inn, 12653 S. 200 E., Haubstadt.

* Feb. 28, Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, Family Arts Building, 250 W. 200 S., Columbus.

All meetings begin at 9 a.m. local time.

"Each region will have a different, region-specific speaker," Easterday said. "For example, in the north, Marcia Endres of the University of Minnesota will speak about compost bedded pack barns, while in the south, Michael Hlavaty of ZinPro will give a presentation on laminitis."

Other presenters present at all meetings will be:

* Herb Bucholz, Michigan State University "Feeding Distillers Grains and Co-products"

* Dave Robison of the Indiana Forage Council "Can I Get Enough Indiana Grown Alfalfa for My Dairy Needs?"

* Mike Schutz and Tim Johnson, Purdue Extension dairy specialists "Purdue Extension Update Distillers Grain Survey"

Each meeting also includes lunch and sessions on industry updates.

"This is the first time that the regional meetings, that we used to call the Purdue Dairy Roadshow, will be held in conjunction with the producers' regional meeting," Schutz said. "It reduces the number of meetings for producers, while allowing them to discuss issues that affect the entire dairy industry."

Meeting schedules and registration forms for the Indiana Regional Dairy Meetings are available on the Web at http://www.agry.purdue.edu/Ext/forages/pdf/07dairy.pdf . For Decatur and Middlebury, the registration deadline is Feb. 13, and the Haubstadt and Columbus deadline is Feb. 20.

The first registrant from IPDP member families is free, and additional registration from a farm or family is $10. For non-IPDP members, registration is $20 per person. These fees cover lunch and meeting handouts.

For more information about the meetings, contact Easterday at (547) 372-2340 or keasterday@purdue.edu .

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