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Zoey Brooks, 67th Alice in Dairyland, image

Accepting Applications For Alice in Dairyland

Are you interesting in becoming Alice In Dairyland in Wisconsin?

Applications are now being taken from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

You could be the 68th Alice in Dairyland.

Application period open for Alice in Dairyland candidates

Release Date:  Nov. 17, 2014

MADISON – Wanted: A communications professional who is willing to help Wisconsin residents make meaningful connections with Wisconsin agriculture.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting applications for the 68th Alice in Dairyland, Wisconsin’s official agricultural ambassador. Application materials are due Monday, Jan. 5.

“Applying for the position of Wisconsin’s 67th Alice in Dairyland is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said 67th Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks. “Serving as Wisconsin’s Agricultural Ambassador has allowed me to share the story of our state’s $88 billion agriculture industry in a multitude of ways to diverse audiences across the state and has broadened my view and deepened my appreciation for the industry.”

Alice in Dairyland is responsible for educating rural and urban audiences about the importance of Wisconsin’s agriculture. She does so through interviews with television, radio and print publications; public speeches; industry tours and more. She must be able to develop and execute marketing plans, deliver classroom presentations and network with industry professionals. She must learn and retain information about the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture and be able to tailor that information for diverse audiences.

Alice in Dairyland applicants should have considerable knowledge or work experience with Wisconsin agriculture; at least three years of experience, education or training in communications, marketing or public relations; public speaking experience and a willingness to attend an extensive number of work-related events on evenings and weekends. Applicants must be female, Wisconsin residents and at least 21 years old.

“If you have a passion for agriculture, education, and communications, this position is a great opportunity to take those passions to the next level and to make long lasting career connections in the industry,” Brooks said.

This one-year, full-time contractual position starts June 1. The Alice program is headquartered in Madison and travels extensively throughout the state.  

The annual salary for Alice in Dairyland is $40,000. This position includes holiday, vacation and sick leave as well as use of a vehicle for official business. Reimbursement is provided for an individual health insurance premium up to $450 a month, as well as professional travel expenses.

To begin the application process, submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references and summary of qualifications to DATCP by 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 5, 2015. Application materials are available at

Qualified applicants will be invited to a preliminary interview in January. The top candidates will be announced in March. Alice will be selected during three days of final interviews May 7-9 in Manitowoc County.

For an overview of the application process, watch a short video called “Making Alice” at If you have questions, contact Alice in Dairyland Program Manager Becky Paris at 608-224-5115 or [email protected].

Milk, image,

Mooooo, Illinois: World’s Tallest Cow

It’s one thing to own a cow as your pet. It’s nother thing that your pet cow is the tallest in the world.

Hanson received an email in mid-August saying Blosom had been named the world’s tallest cow. She sought the record after veterinarians and the cow’s foot trimmer constantly noted the 2,000-pound animal’s large size, Hanson said. At the end of May, family and friends began documenting Blosom’s mass through photos and videos. Her official measurements were taken by a vet from Orangeville Animal Health Service.

“When I put Blosom’s halter on, she knows it’s time to go to work greeting people, and one of the best things I love about this big cow is she makes people smile. But now when I get to tell them they are looking at the world’s tallest cow, I can’t wait to see their reaction,” Hanson said.

Hanson got Blosom when she was a calf and eventually decided to keep her as a pet. She turned 13 in July.

Full story and image via Illinois pet dubbed world’s tallest cow.

She must of gave a lot of milk. 

Another thing.

We never heard of a cow living and being thirteen years old. 

Mooooooo, what do you think?

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, August 12 – 14th

fpdaysIt’s that time of year for Wisconsin’s Farm Progress Days. This years location is in Portage County.

The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments.

See more information via Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, Inc. – Wisconsin’s Premier Outdoor Farm Show!.


Indiana Farmer Rescued From Grain Bin

An 81 year old farmer from Southwest Indiana is lucky to be alive today. With some quick thinking from his family he is alive today after falling into a corn grain bin.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An 81-year-old Indiana farmer survived the crushing grip of an avalanche of corn inside a grain bin in part because he’s “10 times tougher than the average guy,” one of his relieved sons said Wednesday. Bill White was saved Monday afternoon by fast-thinking relatives and farmhands who drove plywood boards into the corn around him and dug him out enough to give him oxygen and keep him breathing. They then wrapped a sheet beneath his arms and around his chest and pulled. The 40-minute rescue ended when he finally emerged from the grain.

Story via 81-year-old Indiana farmer rescued from grain bin – Yahoo News.

We wonder why so many from Bill Whites generation are so hard working and dedicated compared to the youngsters of today.

Not sure why but some how the story reminds us of the movie “Son in Law” from 1993. 


atv trails

ATV/UTV: Jackson County DNR Safety Check July 25-27

Anyone riding the ATV/UTV trails this weekend in Jackson County? Looking for a free map? Wondering if your machine passes legal requirements for exhaust system and engine sound checks? Looking to meet other great people who ride the trails? The Wis. DNR will be at Oasis at Black River Falls just off the Interstate to help you out. Always ride safe and have fun on all your rides. The following from the WDNR.

Stop by & see the DNR wardens for free sound checks, trail maps

Do you have weekend plans to ride your ATV or UTV in Jackson County? Make sure you stop by the Oasis at Black River Falls just off the Interstate and see the DNR wardens for free engine sound checks, trail maps and more before you hit the fun trails. You’ll also see wardens on the ATV – UTV trails in Jackson County July 25 – 27, And, if you’re not sure your ATV-UTV exhaust system meets the legal requirements, wardens will inspect it for free on Saturday and Sunday.Read more: Always ride safe, follow the rules and have fun on all your rides.

Pork Prices Could Rise In 1st Half Of 2014

English: pork chops
English: pork chops (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is  little dated but it still can tell the future for pork prices in 2014.

Even though feed costs are coming down the problems with porcine virus in pigs has hit a lot of producers. will pork prices go up in 2014? Time will tell.

Pork market prices are expected to rise in 2014
Ashley Bechman, Field Editor
Saturday, December 14, 2013 10:00 AM

DANVILLE, Ind. — The million-dollar question that many livestock producers want the answer to is: How market prices will fare in the future.
Steve Meyer, the founder and president of Paragon Economics, said in a recent interview that producers can expect to see some changes in pork figures next quarter as a result of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, which hit first in June and July.

Due to this, he noted, that there will be a reduction in slaughter numbers from where they would have been had the animals not been sick.

The first and second quarters of the new year probably will be down between 2 percent and 4 percent in slaughter production, Meyer said.

The good news for pork producers is that hog prices will be positive.

“Reduce supplies, prices go up,” Meyer said, adding that producers whose hogs were infected with PEDV most likely lost three to four weeks of production.

Another thing that will help producers in the coming year is that the cost to produce a pig will be $35 lower per head. Meyer explained that this can be attributed to a good corn and soybean crop.

Read more at Agri News.

Milk Cheaper Than Water In Australia

A glass of milk Français : Un verre de lait
A glass of milk Français : Un verre de lait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And you think farmers in this country have it bad!

Milk is now cheaper than water. Dairy farmers deserve better
In South West Victoria, 21% of farms run at an absolute loss. Australian farmers are facing a huge crisis and some have to cull their herds and sell their farms –the system needs to change
Jane Stanley, Monday 16 December 2013 19.02 ES

What is wrong with this picture? Domestic and international demand for dairy produce is booming, but the price of Australian milk has declined so far that it is now cheaper than water. The dairy industry has been deregulated, but our dairy farmers don’t benefit from rising prices. Instead of being protected through tariffs, farmers are now prevented by regulation from selling directly to consumers, and they can face substantial penalty payments if they change the milk factory they do business with.

On top of this, all dairy farmers have to pay a levy to run the national industry body, Dairy Australia. They can’t opt out of this as it is taken out of their milk cheques by the milk processors. Last year, the levy on farmers raised over $30m – amounting to about $7,000 for the average farmer. Many would argue that the main beneficiaries of Dairy Australia’s activities are the dairy processors (who actually control the selection of board members), while they make no financial contribution at all. The government contributes around $19m per year, and you would have thought that this might have led to significant questions about value for money – amounting to over half a billion dollars over the past 10 years. Similar criticisms are made by farmers about their state representative bodies, which are funded through yet another levy (another $2,000 or so). These bodies have recently bought into arguments about corporate takeovers without consulting their members, seemingly in conflict with farmers’ interests.

In South West Victoria, which produces about a quarter of Australia’s milk, net farm incomes fell from over $195,000 per year in 2010-11 to just over $51,000 in 2012/13, with 21% of farms running at an absolute loss (negative cash flow). Over half of all dairy farmers have increased their borrowings or deferred debt repayments over the past year to cope with this crisis. Industry confidence has plummeted, and in some regions as many as 30% of farmers expect to have quit farming within the next five years. This is not surprising, as one piece of independent research concluded that on present trends, the average net farm income in 2017 would be zero.

Read more at The Guardian.

How far should government go?

Milwaukee To Host Wisconsin Local Food Summit

A single week's fruits and vegetables from com...
A single week’s fruits and vegetables from community-supported agriculture share: peppers, okra, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, garlic, eggplant, squash. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

December 11, 2013

MADISON The 8th Annual Wisconsin Local Food Summit will be hosted in Milwaukee in 2014. The theme of the event, to be held on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, is “Cultivating our future: Growing connections for resilient Wisconsin food systems.”

Community organizers, agency advocates, educators, local food producers, students and eaters are encouraged to attend to learn, network and help shape the state’s local food systems. The Wisconsin Local Food Summit will include breakout sessions and regional discussions.

The event will be held at the Milwaukee Area Technical College located at 1015 North Sixth Street. Keynote addresses will be given by LaDonna Sanders Redmond, founder and lead organizer of the Campaign for Food Justice NOW!, and Tony Schultz, owner and operator of Stoney Acres Farm.

This year’s event will be broken into eight tracks to allow participants to gain in-depth knowledge on topics of interest. The tracks include: food security/health, market development, infrastructure development, farm to school, consumer education and promotion, producer development, community development, and organization development and education.

The 2014 Summit includes numerous sessions focused on Community Supported Agriculture or CSAs. Topics of particular interest to those with a CSA include innovative membership involvement, menu planning and financial management.

Register online at To receive a discount on admission, the early bird registration deadline isDecember 20. The website also includes detailed information about tour and transportation options.

The Wisconsin Local Food Summit is coordinated by the Wisconsin Local Food Network. The Summit is also supported by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Wisconsin Grocers Association and North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education.

To learn more, contact Jane Hansen at [email protected] or 715-339-5345.

Wisconsin Public Road Recommendations For Farm Equipment

English: Case IH MAGNUM 275 AFS tractor, Hills...
English: Case IH MAGNUM 275 AFS tractor, Hillsdale County Fair 2010, Hillsdale, MI, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Recommendations made on use of farm equipment on public roads

Implements of Husbandry Study Group sends report to Wisconsin Legislature

Final recommendations on the use of farm equipment on public roads have been submitted to the Wisconsin Legislature for consideration.

After analyzing feedback from a series of town hall meetings and public input from surveys, emails and letters, the Implements of Husbandry (IoH) Study Group prepared a Phase II Addendum Report to the secretaries of the Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).  Those recommendations were forwarded today to legislative transportation committees.

In all, over 1,200 attended the town hall meetings and over 150 individuals, associations and companies expressed their opinions and shared additional information regarding the Study Group’s preliminary recommendations.

“The IoH Study Group did a thorough job of looking into the effect of agricultural equipment on pavement and structures,” said WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb.  “The group’s recommendations balance the need for agricultural productivity with the prudent management of our highway system.”

“It’s important to remember these recommendations were drafted after listening to what people in the agricultural community had to say,” added Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel.  “These options allow farmers to do their job while recognizing the need for public safety and the protection of our infrastructure.  It’s now up to the legislature to decide.”

Final recommendations include:

Create a clearer, simpler definition of IoH to reflect today’s agricultural equipment, which     would also include a definition for commercial motor vehicles used exclusively for agricultural operations.

Require all IoH that cross over the centerline of the roadway during operation to meet the lighting and marking standards of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE S279).

Create a 60-foot limit for a single IoH and a 100-foot limit for combinations of two IoH. For combinations of three IoH the limit is 70 feet, but a three IoH combination may operate at lengths exceeding 70 feet, to a limit of 100 feet, at a speed no greater than 20 miles per hour.

Create a new IoH weight limit which is up to 15 percent weight allowance more than currently established by the federal bridge formula.  This equates to a maximum single axle weight of 23,000 pounds and a maximum gross vehicle weight of 92,000 pounds except where posted and during periods of spring thaw.

Require written authorization to exceed weight limits.  Each year, IoH operators may submit a travel or route plan and request written authorization to exceed the weight limit from the maintaining authority of the roadways.  A nominal fee may be charged and additional conditions may be set by each maintaining authority.  IoH vehicles operating in excess of the 15 percent allowance will be fined for the amount in excess of standard gross motor vehicle weight or individual axle weight.

Support exploration of best practices to assist in reducing the wear of roadways and structures.  This includes the development of emerging innovations and best practices in manure management.

Develop further training requirements for the operation of large IoH equipment.  Age requirements are to remain as presently allowed in statute, but the group recommends developing advanced training for operating larger and heavier IoH.

The Study Group also sees the need to advance these issues to groups such as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to encourage the development of national standards.  This approach will foster additional research where needed and encourage manufacturers to develop more road compatible equipment.

The IoH Study Group started examining the size and weight of agricultural equipment and the potential impact it has on public roads and bridges in fall 2012.  The group, brought together by WisDOT and DATCP, includes representatives from various transportation and farm organizations, equipment manufacturers, law enforcement, local officials and the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension.

The IoH Study Group Phase II Addendum Report, with the detailed recommendations, is available

Madison: Grazing Seminars At World Dairy Expo, 10/4/13

A Holstein cow with prominent udder and less m...
A Holstein cow with prominent udder and less muscle than is typical of beef breeds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WUPN – From WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

DATCP NEWS RELEASE: Expo grazing seminars to include research on alternative supplements

Release Date: September 13, 2013

MADISON Alternative supplements for dairy cows will be one of the topics covered at the grazing seminars at World Dairy Expo on Friday, October 4 in Madison. Dr. Kathy Soder of the USDA Agricultural Research Service at University Park in Pennsylvania will present research on feeding flaxseed and molasses on pasture-based dairy farms. Molasses can be a source of energy and trace minerals. Flaxseed can also be a source of energy and improve the fatty acid profile of the meat and milk.

The presentation by Soder and Dr. Brad Heins of the University of Minnesota Animal Science Department will cover the economic, herd health and milk production implications of supplementing corn with alternatives such as flaxseed and molasses. In a time of high grain prices, the discussion will cover how lower-cost alternatives can allow farmers to maintain or improve milk production.

Other grazing presentations will cover the benefits of raising replacement heifers on pasture and the performance of meadow fescue during these variable climate conditions. A panel of dairy genetics experts will also discuss breeding for grazing systems. For a complete schedule and details on the seminars, visit

The four-part seminar series begins at 10:00 am in the Mendota 3 Room of the Exhibition Hall and concludes with a reception from 3:00 to 6:00 pm in the Waubesa Room. There is no charge to attend these events. World Dairy Expo admission is required.

The grazing events at World Dairy Expo are a partnership between the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), University of Wisconsin-Extension, University of Minnesota-Extension, and private farmers and businesses. Sponsors this year include: Bavarian Fleckvieh, Byron Seed, CRV, Crystal Creek, DFA Dairy Grazing Services, the GrassWorks Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, Geno Global, Graze Magazine, Hoof-Tec, Horizon Organic, Midwestern BioAg, Normande Genetics, Organic Valley, Prairie Creek Seeds, Spaulding Laboratories and Taurus Service.

For more on being a sponsor or attending the events, contact DATCP’s Laura Paine at 608-224-5120 or[email protected].  To learn more about World Dairy Expo, visit

Cranberry, Soybean Marketing Board Elections Completed

From the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Cranberries, the state fruit of Wisconsin
Cranberries, the state fruit of Wisconsin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DATCP NEWS RELEASE: Growers elect members for cranberry, soybean boards

Date: September 3, 2013

MADISON The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has announced the results of the Cranberry Marketing Board and the Soybean Marketing Board elections completed in August. Elected members will serve three year terms that will expire on August 31, 2016.

Cranberry growers have elected Douglas Rifleman of Wisconsin Rapids, Scott Schultz of Warrens and William Wolfe of Nekoosa to serve on their board. Rifleman and Schultz were incumbents. The state’s Cranberry Board has seven members and is responsible for managing the annual assessment used for research, education and marketing.

The Soybean Marketing Board elected Irvin Osterloh of Arkdale to represent District 3, Jonathan Gibbs of Fox Lake to represent District 4 and Patrick Mullooly of Clinton to represent District 5. Mullooly was an incumbent in the election. The Soybean Marketing Board manages assessment funds use on research, product development, marketing and education.

For more information on the state’s marketing boards, contact DATCP’s Noel Favia at 608-224-5140 or[email protected]. You can also connect with DATCP on Twitter at or Facebook

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Upper Michigan Farmer Fights Bear, Deer Crop Damage

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Holstein dairy cows from Holstein dairy cows thumbnail Image Number K7964-1 Holstein dairy cows. Photo by Scott Bauer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WUPN – Even farmers in Upper Michigan struggle with crop damage from bears and deer.

Farmer struggles againsts bears and deer for his crops
by Patti Mulligan
Posted: 08.24.2013 at 7:10 AM

DAGGETT — At the Johnson Dairy Farm in Daggett, wildlife is eating up some of the crops, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

The farm supplies milk to such large chains as Culver’s and Dairy Queen through the farms 1,500 dairy cows.

Corn and alfalfa are grown on 4,000 acres to feed the cows, but at any time throughout the day, deer and bears graze on the crops, causing great damage.

The farm says that damage translates into in excess of $150,000 on the corn, and with the alfalfa damage it increases to a total loss of about $200,000 in damages. Johnson says the total loss will be measurable once harvesting season begins in October.

Read more at The Upper Michigans Source.

With high feed costs, this farmer is taking a big loss.

Farmers Warned Of Contaminated Corn and Soybeans

TreatedSeedPlacardWUPN – Farmers warned about contaminated seed.

From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Don’t Let Last Spring’s Treated Seed Cost You This Fall’s Harvest

MADISON –Farmers, don’t let a few treated seeds cut into your bottom line. Make sure you remove them all from any harvesting or hauling equipment.

“Every year we condemn loads of corn and soybeans, because they’ve been contaminated with treated seed when producers didn’t clean out equipment after planting season,” says Lori Bowman, director of the Bureau of Agrichemical Management in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “There is no tolerance. If even one grain of the treated seed shows up in a truckload or storage bin, the entire lot is considered contaminated and cannot be used in food for humans or animals.”

Seeds treated with insecticides and fungicides are commonly used by farmers to protect seedlings at planting. These seeds are dyed bright colors to differentiate them from untreated seeds.

Greg Helmbrecht, the Department’s seed specialist, offers this advice to farmers who plant treated seed:

  • Before hauling harvested grains or forage, use a pressure washer to clean all equipment used for treated seed, including gravity boxes, truck beds and wagons. Then visually inspect it, looking for any of the brightly colored seeds.
  • If you are borrowing equipment for harvest, ask the owner what was stored or hauled in in previously.
  • Check with your supplier about returning or disposing of any unused treated seed. If you are going to store it, keep it separately from grain, forage and feed storage areas. Secure it so that birds and other animals cannot get into it.

For a sign that you can post as a reminder, go to and look under “Plants” for information about seeds. You can also call 608-224-4596 or email [email protected].

Farmer Nutrient Management Education Training Grant Money Available

English: View of nitrogen fertilizer being app...
English: View of nitrogen fertilizer being applied to growing corn (maize) in a contoured, no-tilled field in Hardin County, Iowa. Applying smaller amounts of nitrogen several times over the growing season rather than all at once at or before planting helps the plants use the nitrogen rather than have it enter adjacent streams (i.e. create nonpoint source pollution.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WUPN – This free tax payer money only goes to the people who train and teach farmers and not to the farmers themselves. To you farmers, nothing here, move along.

Free money if you can get it!

From the Wis. Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Funding Available for Nutrient Management Farmer Education Trainings


MADISON – Applications are now available for the Nutrient Management Farmer Education Grant Program, formerly known as MALWEG. The program awards grant funding to agencies and other organizations to train farmers in nutrient management principles and planning.

“The Nutrient Management Farmer Education (NMFE) program is a great way to help farmers develop their own nutrient management plans that fit the way they run their operations,” says Sara Walling, Nutrient Management and Water Quality Section Chief at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). “When farmers write their own nutrient management plans they understand it, value it, and are more likely to follow it.”

Applications are available at and are due by midnight Sunday, Sept. 16.  Applications must be submitted electronically.

Grants will be awarded for programs in fall and winter of 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. One application will cover both periods.  There are two grant categories:

  • · Tier I grants fund projects that offer incentive payments to farmers for soil testing and other elements needed to complete a nutrient management plan. These grant projects also include workshops, on-farm visits, developing methods for farmers to measure their manure application rates, completion of a plan, and post-harvest on-farm consultations.
  • · Tier II grants fund projects that educate farmers about soil testing and nutrient management without providing financial incentives.

About $137,400 is available for the first year and $175,000 for the second year. Eligible applicants include conservation districts; county, state and federal agricultural and natural resources agencies; colleges and universities; University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX); nonprofit organizations; and lake organizations and similar place-based groups.

Previously, UWEX received the funding from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and administered the grants. Beginning with the 2014-15 grant year, DATCP will administer the program directly rather than through UWEX.  DATCP encourages groups to apply to this grant program to help our state’s farmers better manage manure and fertilizer to improve profitability and meet program requirements associated with the farmland preservation program, manure storage permits, and local and state cost-share programs.

For more information about NMFE funding, contact Sara Walling at [email protected] or 608-224-4501 or Kevan Klingberg at [email protected] or 715-983-2240.

PDF press release.

Where is all this money coming from? With the way farming is today, how many farmers need to be told about nutrient management?

We repeat FREE MONEY IF YOU CAN GET IT! (from the tax payers that is)

What do you think?

Madison: World Dairy Expo Grazing Seminars Info, 2013

English: Cattle grazing Cattle grazing on Beas...
English: Cattle grazing Cattle grazing on Beasley Bank. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WUPN – World Dairy Expo grazing seminars for October 4, 2013.

Plan to attend World Dairy Expo grazing seminars

August 19, 2013

MADISON Mark your calendar for the fifth annual grazing seminar series at World Dairy Expo. The popular series will be held on Friday, October 4.

The events will include four seminars starting at 10:00 am in the Mendota 3 Room and a reception from 3:00 to 6:00 pmin the Waubesa Room at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. There is no charge to attend the seminars or reception. World Dairy Expo admission is required.

Planned seminar topics this year include:

● What’s new in grass and legume varieties?  by Drs. Geoff Brink, Mike Casler, and Heathcliff Riday from the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center.

● Genetics for the whole cow: breeding for grazing systems moderated by Dr. Les Hansen of the University of Minnesota with representatives from six cattle genetics companies.

● Benefits of grazing replacement heifers by Dr. Dave Combs of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Combs will summarize recent research on the performance of pasture-raised heifers once they join the confinement herd.

● Supplementation for the grazing cow: corn and alternatives by Dr. Kathy Soder of ARS and Dr. Brad Heins the University of Minnesota. The seminar will discuss on the economics, herd health and milk production response of corn and alternatives such as flaxseed and molasses.

The grazing events at World Dairy Expo are a partnership between the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), University of Wisconsin-Extension, University of Minnesota-Extension, and private farmers and businesses. Sponsors this year include Byron Seed, CRV, Crystal Creek, DFA Dairy Grazing Services, the GrassWorks Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, Horizon Organic, Midwestern BioAg, Normande Genetics, Organic Valley, Prairie Creek Seeds, Spaulding Laboratories, Taurus Service, and Hoof-Tec.

For more information on being a sponsor or attending the events, contact DATCP’s Laura Paine at 608-224-5120 or[email protected]. To learn more about World Dairy Expo, visit