Grazing conference registration underway

January 7, 2009

Kansas City, Mo. - Dairy producers and industry professionals interested in new and innovative ways to make dairy operations more efficient and cost effective are invited to learn more about pasture-based dairying. Interest in this alternative method of farming is growing among dairy producers.

Registration is now open for Opportunities Explored: 2009 Grazing Conference, which will take place February 11-12 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. This two-day event, hosted by Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA), is open to all dairy producers and industry professionals.

A dynamic lineup of speakers will help participants explore the opportunities and challenges for successfully incorporating grazing into a dairy operation through a variety of topics, including:

  • Transitioning to a grazing operation
  • Environmental issues
  • Financing
  • Mastering the “Grazing Wedge”
  • Profitability

Participants also will get a chance to talk to producers who currently utilize grazing on their operations, attend a tradeshow and interact with a panel of grazing experts.

“As part of DFA’s commitment to being a leader in the dairy industry, we are excited to host a forum that will allow farmers to collaborate and learn about milk production alternatives that will help strengthen the dairy industry,” said Randy Mooney, first vice chairman of DFA’s Corporate Board and a producer who currently utilizes grazing in his own operation.

The conference is open to all dairy producers and industry professionals who wish to learn more about pasture-based dairying. A nominal registration fee of $75 will cover attendance and all meals and breaks. DFA members may attend free of charge. For more information about the event and to register, visit www.dfamilk.com/grazing.

Businesses interested in participating in the tradeshow or sponsoring the event can contact Jackie Klippenstein at 816-801-6392 or jklippenstein@dfamilk.com.