UW-Extension will host meetings for dairy producers from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 19 in Alma Center and Eau Claire. Information about dairy reproduction, nutrition and animal well-being will be presented at both locations.
Chippewa Valley Technical College Manufacturing Education Center, 2320 Alpine Road, Eau Claire will be the location for Eau Claire County. A parking pass will be needed for the Eau Claire location. The Alma Center presentation will be at Pfaff Farm Reception Barn, 13072 State Road 121, Alma Center.
Dr. Paul Fricke will talk about integration of reproductive programs and technology to maximize reproductive efficiency in dairy cows. Dr. Jennifer Van Os, new to UW-Extension, will introduce herself and her area of research that targets best management practices of housing and management to help the Wisconsin dairy industry adapt as our scientific knowledge about animal welfare continues to grow. Dr. Randy Shaver will discuss dairy nutrition topics for today in what could be his last dairy meeting in western Wisconsin before retirement. Katie Burgess, commodity risk analyst with Blimling and Associates, will discuss how farms can prepare forthe opportunities and obstacles that come with managing price risk in dairy markets.
Lunch will be served at both locations. RSVP to Eau Claire Extension for the Eau Claire site at 715-839-4712 or Trempealeau County Extension for the Alma Center site at 715-583-2311, ext. 208.