WHETHER YOU’RE A large commercial dairy
farmer, or just enjoy a cold glass of milk with a
slice of pie, the dairy exhibits and seminars are a
must at this year’s Sunbelt Expo.
University of Georgia Professor of Dairy Science John Bernard, who coordinates the exhibits
and seminars at Expo each year, says the seminars are designed to educate seasoned dairy
producers, new dairy farmers, and the general
Seminars will be held all three days of Expo
in the permanent pavilion, located on block F- 7.
Outside dairy exhibits, featuring silage wagons, feed wagons, manure spreaders and other
equipment will be found nearby.
A popular seminar, that will be held at 10
a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. each day, is the
Mobile Dairy Classroom, presented by Nicole
Karstedt, Mobile Dairy Classroom Instructor and
Coordinator with the Agricultural Commodity
Commission for Milk.
“Whether it’s the first time to see how milk
is harvested from a cow, or sharing with your
grandkids ‘how we used to do it,’ the Mobile
Dairy Classroom is always a good educational
stop,” she says.
“Milk Production from Grass to Gallon Jug,”
presented Tuesday at 1: 30 and Thursday at 1: 30,
also provides a great overall view of dairying. The
talk by Dr. Mary Sowerby, University of Florida
Regional Dairy Specialist, will be helpful to those
looking to get cows of their own, or to anyone
who wants to know where milk comes from and
how it gets to the grocery store.
“This is a good educational opportunity for
anyone, whether they’re involved with the dairy
industry or not, to get a little more insight into
what is actually involved in producing milk,” Ber-
Heat stress to animals impacts all dairy and
livestock producers in the Southeast, and the
seminar, “Basic Steps for Reducing Heat Stress,”
Marins will also
of a Dairy Cow”
at 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday, 1: 30 p.m. Wednesday, and
10: 30 a.m. Thursday — a helpful seminar for
anyone who wants to understand how a cow’s
mammary gland produces milk.
“We joke around and say a cow eats green
grass and makes white milk,” Bernard says. “But
how does all that happen? The mammary gland
seminar will explain the process.”
Over the years, the dairy industry has made
a great deal of progress in better understanding
the genetics of dairy cows and the genetic po-
tential in the animals. Whether it’s for the selec-
tion of bulls for artificial insemination, or for new
production techniques using genetic markers,
Bernard says, there have been great advances in
Dr. Francisco Peñagaricano, University of
Florida, Department of Animal Sciences, will
present an informative seminar on dairy genetics at 10: 30 a.m. Wednesday. And for everything
you need to know about cattle reproduction, Dr.
Jillian Bohlen, University of Georgia Department
of Animal and Dairy Science, will present “
Frequently Asked Questions in Cattle Reproduction”
at 11: 30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesday, at 2: 30 p.m., the very popular annual cow milking contest will be held. College of
Agriculture deans from University of Georgia, Auburn University, Fort Valley State University, and
University of Florida will engage in some friendly
“This is a good chance to cheer on your
university dean,” Bernard says. “It’s always inter-
esting to see who has the best techniques for
milking cows and who can keep their bucket
from getting knocked over. It’s a lot of fun, and
we always joke around to see which dean has the
Dairy seminars offer something for everyone
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