Dairy Talk Tuesday program available

January 1, 2019

JUNEAU -- The Dodge County UW Extension Office will be offering three Dairy Talk Tuesday Programs across Dodge County discussing various dairy production practices. Each of the three programs will cover unique topics such as Calf Health, Farm Stress and Farm Revenue Protection.

The two hour long programs are free to attend, however the DCUW Extension Office asks that attendees RSVP by calling the office at 920-386-3790 by the Thursday before each program. Dairy Talk Tuesday programs are scheduled for Jan. 8, Feb 12 and March 12 of 2019.

Jan. 8: 1-3 p.m. -- at the Cooper Shop Saloon, 30 Main St., Village of Kekoskee.

Participants are invited to join in at noon and enjoy a social hour with lunch available on your own prior to the meeting.

Calf Health with Dr. Joshua Steinbart, DVM of Mayville Animal Clinic -- High mortality of replacement animals, impaired growth of calves, decreased milk production of chronically afflicted calves, increased risks of infectious disease transmission throughout the herd, and increased veterinary costs will not add up to generating profits. Steinbart will discuss ways to help keep calves healthy so they may be productive members of the herd.

Farm Stress - Recognizing, understanding, and managing with Amanda Young -- Research has shown that people on dairy and dairy-mixed operations experience more stress than others. Being aware of triggers and managing potential safety hazards can help make the work place safer for everyone.

Feb. 12, 1-3 p.m. -- at the Lowell Community Memorial VFW, 280 South St., Lowell.

Milk and cookies sponsored by the Dodge County chapter of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

Farm revenue protection and dairy market outlook with Mark Stephenson, director of the Center for Dairy Profitability. A comprehensive overview of the Dairy Revenue Protection program and updates to the FSA Dairy Margin Protection Program, as another tool for dairy farmers when milk prices are low. Important changes to the MPP have been introduced in the farm bill that may make this program worth a second look.

March 12, 1-3 p.m. -- at Koneck Family Farm, 9726 Hazelnut Road, Burnett.

Held inside, participants are asked to bring their own chair.

In and outs of dairy cow behavioral well-being with Jennifer Van Os, assistant professor and extension specialist in animal welfare -- Consumers often expect cows to be outside on pasture, and what the research says is actually important for cows from a welfare perspective. This will segue into the implications of exposure to environmental extremes (mud, heat), benefits of barns vs. pasture, and how to manage heat stress both indoors and outdoors.

Transport 101 with Amanda Young -- Discussion on trailer fitting cattle, if truck and trailer are ready to transport, and weather conditions to account for when moving animals.

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