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Written Tuesday, July 06, 2010  

The Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange, hosted by Purdue University and the University of Kentucky, will offer producers a chance to tour four dairy operations and listen to presentations by Purdue dairy specialists.

The event, Aug. 3-4 in Russellville, Ky., is open to all Indiana and Kentucky dairy producers and is designed to be a forum for attendees to share ideas and information from their own farms.

"The Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange is an event designed to bring dairy producers and industry professionals together to learn more about the many facets of the industry," said Tamilee Nennich, Purdue Extension dairy specialist. "The goal is to provide participants an opportunity to both visit dairy operations and learn more from university specialists about important dairy related topics."

The speakers are experts in areas related to dairy management. Presentation topics and speakers are:

* Reproduction Economics, Nicole Olynk, Purdue Extension agricultural economist

* Transition Cows, Jon Townsend, Purdue Extension veterinarian.

* Harvesting and Storage Equipment, Dennis Buckmaster, Purdue Extension agricultural engineer

"We are excited to showcase the broad range of information and technical support available to dairy producers," Nennich said.

Tour facilities are the JP Robertson Dairy, Sam Coblentz Dairy, Jimmy and Mary Lou Wright Dairy, Robey Family Dairy and Chaney's Dairy Barn. The operations offer a range of sizes, breeds and specialties.

The Indiana Professional Dairy Producers (IPDP) and industry sponsors will provide transportation for Indiana producers who wish to travel by bus. Busses will leave the following locations on Tuesday, Aug. 3 and return Aug. 4.

* 6:45 a.m., Kosciusko County Extension Office, 202 W. Main St., Warsaw.

* 9:45 a.m., Kelsay Dairy Farm, 6848 N. 250 E., Whiteland.

* 11 a.m., Scott County Fairgrounds, Scottsburg.

Registration is $50 for IPDP members and extra people from member farms, or $70 for non-IPDP members. For non-members, the additional $20 will be converted to IPDP membership. Registration fees include bus transportation, lunch both days, dinner Aug. 3 and breakfast Aug. 4.

Participants are responsible for their own lodging, but blocks of rooms have been reserved until July 15 at the Quality Inn and EconoLodge in Russellville under "Dairy Exchange."

For more information contact Nennich 765-494-4823, tnennich@purdue.edu .

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