February 14, 2008

Dairy Day Program Set for February 21st

The Memphis Dairy Day program that has been held for several years will again be held on Thursday, February 21st at the Scotland County Fitness Center. This is the same location where it was last year and it’s located on the south side of Highway 136 in Memphis. The program will run from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with lunch provided courtesy of several sponsoring businesses.

There is no cost to attend and all dairymen are invited to attend this worthwhile event. This year’s program will start with the outlook followed by Alix Carpenter, Extension Agronomist from Palmyra giving a talk on “Pasture Weed Control – How, When and How Much? followed by Joe Koenen, Agricultural Business Specialist from Unionville discussing “Farm Business Arrangements – Making Them Fair for Both Sides”.

After lunch Barry Steevens, University of Missouri Extension Dairy Specialist from Columbia talking on “What Part of the Cow Do You See?” This will be Barry’s last year at this program so plan to come to see him.

Joe Horner, University of Missouri Extension Dairy Economist will address “Intensive Rotational Grazing Systems to Cut Feed Costs”. Darla Campbell, Agricultural Business Specialist from Lancaster will provide an “Update on Cash Rental Rates & Real Estate Values”. Finally, the Scotland County SALT will talk about “Land Practices that Help the Dairy Producer”.

“This is a great chance to bring your questions for our speakers to answer for you” said Koenen, who has coordinated the event for several years. The Dairy Cost and Return Outlook will be discussed as well in the morning.

“This program has been extremely successful for many years and we’ve tried to continue with that this year” said Koenen, Agricultural Business Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “We’ve again given dairymen more time during the day to visit with those businesses that have booths. We feel like we have another topnotch program lined up this year.”

The program and meal would not be possible without the help and financial support the event sponsors. An entire listing of the sponsors will be available that day and listed after the program.

Milk and cheese are provided that day through the courtesy of Prairie Farms and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) with cups and napkins provided by FCS Financial (Farm Credit Services). Keith’s Cafe of Memphis furnishes the meal.

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