What is in this article?:
- A 'dairy' good time awaits at Expo
- Daily seminars to improve dairymen's bottomlines
- State cow-milking contest comes with bragging rights
- The Sunbelt Ag Expo dairy exhibit draws children and students each year, particularly to the Mobile Dairy Classroom sponsored by the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk.
- All dairy heifer growers or dairy farms can register for a chance to win a Poly Square Calf Hut sponsored by PolyDome/Polytank, Inc.
THE SOUTHERN industry is an essential source for the country's dairy needs, but it has unique challenges and opportunties. The Sunbelt Ag Expo dairy exhibit shows crowds each year how Southern dairy products get to refrigerators and freezers across the country.
Daily seminars to improve dairymen's bottomlines
The Expo dairy exhibit is about education for dairymen, too, and it’s where they can find information on management practices such as genetics, nutrition and other new dairy farming technology.
“We continue to make the dairy exhibit an educational opportunity for our current dairymen. They’ll be able to come through and see and visit with all the vendors that supply products for their industry, plus they’ll be able to hear some information that they can then take back home and hopefully improve their operations,” said John Bernard, University of Georgia dairy scientist who coordinates the dairy exhibit and education presentations each year.
In addition, dairy farmers will be able to attend special presentations by Bernard. He has successfully coordinated the dairy exhibits and presentations at Expo during the past several years.
Special seminars are scheduled throughout the three-day show at the dairy exhibit.
Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Klibs Galvao, University of Florida dairy scientist, will talk and show how the use of ultrasound can improve reproduction management for dairies.
Also on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. May Sowerby, University of Florida, will discuss what has become a growing trend on many dairies in the Southeast: grass-grazing. She’ll discuss the best practices to get the most of a yearly grass crop and how to best graze herds on it, showing how dairymen can go from “grass to milk.”
Wednesday, Bernard will speak at 1:30 p.m. about the basics of silage production.
This year in the Deep South has been a challenge to hay and forage growers. Heavy rain has hurt quality and prevented timely management, but there are things dairymen can learn from this year, he said. Bernard will repeat this seminar Thursday at 10:30 a.m.