January 31, 2008

Memphis to Host 7th Annual NEMO Dairy Management Conference

The 7th Annual Northeast Missouri Dairy Management Conference is coming to Memphis on February 5th. This year’s event will be held at the Scotland County Fitness Center with registration starting at 9:30 a.m.

Dr. Curtis Harms will open the schedule of events with a discussion entitled “Six ways to improve profitability without expanding”. Harms is currently the regional sales manager and field technician specialist for Diamond V. The University of Nebraska graduate went on to earn his veterinary medicine degree from Kansas State University. He brings his many years of experience in applied reproduction, nutrition and management in the dairy industry to the discussion.

Luke Miller will discuss alternative sources of income on dairy farms beginning at 10:45 a.m. Miller, who grew up on a beef cow-calf operation in Carrolton, now uses his industry knowledge and educational background (master’s degree in ruminant nutrition from the University of Missouri) to offer consultant services on technical nutrition and herd management.

Dr. Ken Zanzalari is next on the agenda. His discussion, “What’s new in calf feeding”, is set for 11:30 a.m. Zanzalari earned a bachelor of science degree in dairy husbandry from Delaware Valley College and also holds a Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee. He worked for Kraft General Foods before taking his current post as Dairy Technology Manager for Prince Agri Products.

The conference will break for a free luncheon at noon before the event sponsors will be recognized at 1:00 p.m. Those businesses making the event possible include Clear View Animal Health, Fleer Feed, Good’s IBA, KABA/Select Sires, Memphis Farm & Home, Musser’s Animal Health, NEMO Feed LLC, Oberholtzer Farm Supply, Pioneer Hybrids – Raymond Burkholder, Unlimited Genetics-Semex USA, and Wood Run Dairy Equipment.

The event is being hosted by Alvin Burkholder of Baring.

Following the lunch, Dr. Harms will return to center stage to discuss heat stress abatement. Dr. Zanzalari will follow that up at 1:45 p.m. with a talk entitled “Maintaining Health & productivity during periods of poor feed quality”.

The event will close out with open panel discussions beginning at around 2:30 p.m.

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