2013 Dairy Summit Targets Current Conditions

1/26/2013 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — This year’s Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, scheduled for Feb. 6 7 at the Lancaster Host Resort in Lancaster, Pa, will focus on providing dairy producers the tools and insights necessary to manage volatility so they do not feel beaten down by the markets.

Summit discussions will cover feed cost management from behind the desk, to the field and bunk.

On Wednesday morning, Scott Stewart of Stewart-Peterson Inc., will provide summit attendees with a look at the dairy industry forecast, ways to reduce market risk, and possible price scenarios with the markets for feed ingredients.

In Thursday’s breakout session “Managing Feed Costs from the Field to the Feed Bunk,” Sean Jones of Jones Dairy Farm and his nutritionist, Bob Fry of Atlantic Dairy Consulting, will describe how they manage feed costs, improve feed efficiencies and manage the silage bunk face.

They’ll also discuss how they have successfully maintained higher intakes, minimal losses and maximized milk production through their feeding strategies.

The summit is held annually by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the Center for Dairy Excellence, with support from the Penn State Extension Dairy Team and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Thanks to a grant provided by the Lancaster Workforce Investment Board, dairy producers, family members and employees can register for $125 per person, discounted to $100 each for additional people from the same farm.

One-day rates for the core dairy and core planning tracks are also available.

The deadline to advance register is Jan. 30. For more information, call the summit business office at 814-355-2467 or go to www.padairysummit.org.

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