BY SHELBY MUMMA
GeORGIA IS hOMe to over 77,300 dairy
cows, according to the Georgia Milk Produc-
ers Association, with each farm averaging
around 433 cows.
unless you’re lactose intolerant or don’t
like to drink milk, you helped contribute
to the state of Georgia drinking 1.9 billion
pounds of milk in 2017. That is a lot of good,
tasty milk. Since milk is such a big commod-
ity, Sunbelt Ag expo has a lot of fun and
exciting seminars this year that will be edu-
cational to children, as well as the producers.
All seminars will be held in building F- 7
next to the Mobile Dairy Classroom. Make
sure to stop by the classroom before or after
you visit the dairy building, especially if you
have children with you. This will be a great
opportunity to show them how to properly
milk a cow, and there will be a feeding dem-
onstration. The program will be presented by
nicole Karstedt from the Agricultural Com-
modity Commission for Milk. She is passion-
ate about educating people on the healthy
benefits of dairy products, and will hold 25- to
30-minute presentations at 10 a.m., 11 a.m.,
1 p.m., and 2 p.m. each day
of the expo.
And be sure to be on hand
for an udderly awesome
event, the annual cow
milking contest that is held
at 2: 30 p.m. Tuesday only.
Competitors will be representatives from the colleges
of agriculture or commissioners of agriculture from
southeastern states. Make
sure you’re there to see who
will take home the prize.
Another popular seminar
will be how to Raise a homegrown Calf,
Wednesday, the 17th and Thursday the 18th
at 12: 30 p.m., with Dr. Jillian bohlen from the
university of Georgia. This will be helpful if
you are a new dairy farmer still learning the
Other educational seminars include:
• Mastitis Prevention and Control, Tuesday
and Wednesday at 10: 30 a.m. presented by Dr.
Valerie Ryman from the university of Georgia.
• Mammary Immunity: Protecting the
udder from Infection, on Wednesday at 1: 30
p.m. and Thursday at 10: 30 a.m., with Dr.
Cor win nelson from the university of Florida.
• Dairy Genetics, Wednesday at 11: 30 a.m.,
conducted by Dr. Francisco
Peñagaricano from the university of Florida.
• Basic Steps for Reducing heat Stress, Tuesday and
Thursday at 11: 30 a.m., with
Thiago Marins and Dr. Sha
Tao from uGA.
• Calf Management Under
heat Stress Conditions,
Tuesday at 12: 30 p.m., with
Ruth M. Orellana Rivas and
Dr. Sha Tao from uGA.
• Heifer Reproductive
Management and economics, Tuesday at 1: 30 p.m. with Dr. Jose Santos
• The Mammary Gland of a Dairy Cow,
Thursday at 1: 30 p.m., with Thiago Marins
and Dr. Sha Tao from uGA.
Dairy specialists from the universities
of Georgia and Florida will be available to
answer questions at any time in building F- 7.
at the expo!
There’ll be a lot of fun and good information at this year’s Expo dairy events. — Photo: Hannah
Another daily seminar will focus
on health and diseases, including a
demonstration of animal handling,
body condition scoring, hoof care/
trimming, how to give vaccinations
(shots), and how to deworm/drench. It
will be led by Dr. Mike Purvis, extension
veterinarian at FAMu, and/or Dr.
Whitley from FVSu, at 1:00 pm.
Other seminars and demonstrations
include fencing for small ruminants
at 10: 45 a.m. daily. with Mike Taylor
from Stay Tuff Fencing; a shearing
demonstration at 11: 30 a.m. Oct. 16
and 17, and a nutrition/forage seminar
at 2 p.m. each day, with Jeremy Kichler
from uGA on the 16th and 17th, and Dr.
nar Gurung from Tuskegee university
on the 18th.
All sheep and goat exhibits will
be held at the north end of block
F- 8, called the Will R. Getz Small
Ruminant Section. It is named in his
honor for coordinating this portion of
the Sunbelt Ag expo as an extension
animal scientist at FVSu for many years.