By JOHN HART
Farm Press Editorial Staff
Sunbelt dairy farmers who want to learn the latest about raising healthy cows, while njoying the opportunity to
see old friends and have all their
dairying questions answered by
leading experts, will find this year’s
Sunbelt Expo the place to be.
Dr. John Bernard, University of
Georgia dairy scientist, who coordinates the dairy exhibit and presentations each year, has lined up
a stellar list of speakers on topics
ranging from organic dairying to
handling heat stress to managing
backyard dairy cows.
ONE STOP FOR DAIRY INFO
“The dairy exhibit is a one-stop
place where people can find out
things they didn’t know about
dairy or milk products — how they fit into nutrition and meals, how
to keep them safe and healthy, and the dairy industry’s important
value,” Bernard says.
Expo dairy exhibits will be in their permanent building, located
outside block F- 7. Outside dairy exhibits featuring silage wagons,
Each day of the Expo is jam-packed with educational sessions.
Dairy farmers can pose their questions to specialists from the University of Georgia and the University of Florida throughout the day.
FUN AT COW MILKING CONTEST
A fun part of dairy events will be at 2: 30 Tuesday afternoon, when agricultural deans from
Land Grant universities will compete against
each other in the Cow Milking Contest.
With a growing interest in organic dairy
farming, Gerry Cohn, Southeast region pool
manger with CROPP Cooperative, will present
guidelines for certification, production, animal
care, and market opportunities for organic
dairy farmers. That presentation is at 10: 30
a.m. each day of the Expo.
At 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. daily,
Nicole Karstedt, Mobile Dairy Classroom Instructor and coordinator for the Agricultural
Commodity Commission for Milk, will speak.
At 12: 30 p.m. each day, Dr. Sha Tao, University
of Georgia Department of Animal and Dairy
Science, will present the basics on reducing
At 11: 30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dr.
Jillian Bohlen, University of Georgia Department of Animal and Dairy Science, will speak
on rearing a home-grown calf to become a
At 1: 30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Dr.
Mary Sowerby, University of Florida regional
dairy specialist, will provide pointers on managing a back yard dairy cow.
A wide range of dairy info awaits at Expo
The mobile classroom provides an up-close demonstration of
milking and other dairy cow information.
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