Grazing Conference Highlights Keys to Success

December 6, 2010

WHAT: Increasing input costs and volatile milk prices can create uncertain profit margins for dairy farmers. However, some producers are finding that utilizing existing pastures can help cut costs and create a more secure profit. Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s (DFA) 2011 Grazing Conference will feature a dynamic lineup of producers and industry experts sharing their strategies, tips and tricks for sustaining high-performance, pasture-based dairies.

WHO: Approximately 250 producers and agribusiness professionals are expected to attend the two-day event presented by Dairy Grazing Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of DFA that provides resources and consulting services to producers interested in pasture-based dairying.

Featured conference sessions include:

Creating a Millionaire Model Grazing Dairy
Larry Tranel, Field Specialist – Dairy, Iowa State University

Starting a New Grazing Dairy from Scratch
Eric and Julie Neill, Dairy Producers, Freeman, Mo.

Establishing the Right Forages for Grazing Dairies
Steve Wallace, Territory Manager, Barenbrug USA

Getting the Right Herd Genetics to Graze
Phil Wicks, General Manager, Livestock Improvement Corporation USA

Supplemental Feeding Strategically
Tony Rickard, Extension Dairy Specialist, University of Missouri

WHEN: January 11-12

WHERE: Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, Ky.

REGISTER: Registration is open through Friday, December 17. For more information, visit www.dfamilk.com/grazing.

NOTE: Press credentials are available; contact Kristi Dale at 816-801-6636 or kdale@dfamilk.com for details.