K-State to host Dairy Sessions for producers

Kansas State University will host “Summer Dairy Herd Challenges: Managing Price and Production Risks” in two locations this year.

The sessions will provided dairy producers with up-to-date production and economic information as part of the Dairy Margin Protection Program.

K-State Research and Extension animal scientists and agricultural economists will present on July 31 in Hutchinson at the Amish Community Center, and again on Aug. 4 in Seneca at the Nemaha County Community Building. Presenters include Gregg Hadley, associate professor at Kansas State University and assistant director at K-State Research and Extension, and Mike Brouk and Luis Mendonca, K-State dairy specialists. Members and representatives of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency will available to discuss details of the Dairy MPP.

Both sessions start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. The Kansas Dairy Commission will provided a free lunch.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Dairy Margin Protection Program Basics and 2016 Election Decisions;
  • Relationships Between Heat Stress and Reproductive Performance in Kansas Dairy Herds;
  • Reducing Heat Stress on Transition and Post-Fresh Cattle;
  • Improving Transition and Post-Fresh Performance with Feed Additives; and
  • Culling in the First 60 Days of Lactation and Transition Cow Challenges in Kansas Dairy Herds.

To register for the Hutchinson session call the Reno County extension office at  620-662-2371. Register by July 24 (to ensure a lunch).

To register for the Seneca session call the Meadowlark Extension District’s Seneca office at 785-336-2184. Register by July 31 (to ensure a lunch).

Original Article by: Mary Lou Peter, mlpeter@ksu.edu

K-State Research and Extension


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