Milking parlors of the future will be among the topics to be discussed at a Utah State University dairy seminar scheduled at three separate locations in December.

The seminar will be held at the Sevier County Courthouse in Richfield from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Dec. 3; at Brigham Young University's Wilkinson Center in Provo, Room 375, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4; and at the USU Caine Dairy Teaching & Research Center, Wellsville, Cache County, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5.Dennis Armstrong, Cooperative Extension dairy specialist and a University of Arizona research scientist, will discuss proper milking procedures for milking parlor performance, milking systems, how dairy farmers can make their parlors more efficient and what parlors of the future may look like.

Armstrong has published more than 200 articles relating to dairy production and has done milking parlor design consultation work across the United States, seminar directors said.

Other speakers will be J. Woody Pankey, a University of Vermont research professor, who will discuss animal health; Wes Kezar, a nutritionist with Pioneer Hybrid International; and Ralph Whitesides, a USU specialist in agronomy and crops.