Tips on calf raising that can save money and increase milk production is one of several presentations on tap for Utah Dairy Day at the Utah State University Caine Dairy Teaching & Research Center Thursday, Oct. 11.
The daylong seminar, free to the public, includes two major presentations and 10 teaching exhibits by a potpourri of USU dairy specialists.The seminar is designed to help bring Utah dairy farmers and USU extension agents up to date in the latest procedures and techniques vital to good dairy herd management, said Wallace R. Taylor, USU Extension dairy specialist.
It is anticipated that dairy farmers and extension agents from St. George to Logan will attend the event, sponsored by the Cache County USU Cooperative Extension Service; the USU department of animal, dairy and veterinary sciences; and the Utah State Dairymen's Association.
In addition to tips on calf raising, there will be a presentation on body condition scoring on cows and its use in herd management, he said.
Exhibits include demonstrations on computer uses in herd management that can be used to identify high and low producers; feed analysis and ration balancing; milking machine function, evaluation and cold weather maintenance tips; waste management and water quality; artificial insemination techniques; review of recent research projects; dairy products research, such as the development of frogurt, a frozen yogurt; feeds and feeding systems; a cow production and evaluation contest; and tours of the dairy's various teaching barn activities.
A lunch will be served at noon for a small fee. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The two major presentations will start at 10:10 and will last through 11 a.m. followed by an hour for visiting the various exhibits.
After lunch, the program repeats to allow a chance to see presentations and exhibits missed during the morning session.
The Caine Dairy is located off of U.S. 89-91 near Wellsville.
The Caine Dairy, named for George B. Caine, a USU professor for 39 years, houses 280 milking cows that annually yield 22,000 pounds of milk per cow.