Extension dairy team presents Dairy Road Show in January

Make plans to attend one of the presentations by the 2008 UW-Extension Dairy Road Show Team in January and learn more about gaining a competitive edge in the dairy business. The topics discussed will be of interest to both dairy producers and industry professionals. The program includes an update on dairy crossbreeding, milking performance in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Johne’s control program, and dairy nutrition using bio-energy byproduct feeds.This year’s Road Show entitled “Gaining the Competitive Edge – A Dairy Seminar Series” will be offered at 14 locations around the state. Seminars will be held on:

  • Jan. 8 at Kiel and Lomira
  • Jan. 9 at Casco and Gillett
  • Jan. 10 at Readstown and Sparta
  • Jan. 11 at Dodgeville and Baraboo
  • Jan. 15 at Menomonie and Rice Lake
  • Jan. 16 at Medford and Antigo
  • Jan. 17 at Abbotsford and Plover

The program will be the same at each location. Topics are:

  • “Dairy Crossbreeding Updates,” covering dairy crossbreeding results from University studies and commercial farms by Dr. Kent Weigel, UW-Extension geneticist and Dr. Randy Shaver, UW-Extension dairy nutrition specialist.
  • “Evaluation of Milking Performance in Wisconsin,” a review of teat condition, liners, vacuum levels and other milk management issues by Dr. Doug Reinemann, UW-Extension Milking Equipment/Electrical Specialist.
  • “Wisconsin Johne’s Control Program,” an interactive session about Johnes and the State program available to combat the costly disease by Dr. Elisabeth Patton and Dr. Andrea Foley, both from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
  • “Dairy Nutrition Using Bio-Energy Byproduct Feeds,” focusing on feeding byproducts generated by the ethanol and bio-diesel industries to lactating dairy cows by Pat Hoffman, UW-Marshfield Research Station and Dr. Randy Shaver, UW-Extension dairy nutrition specialist.

All meetings will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee for the program, which includes lunch and materials, is $25 per person. Registrations are due one week before the seminar you wish to attend.

For additional information, please contact Otto Wiegand at 715-635-3506 or 800-528-1914, or by email at