Farm Horizons, February 2017

Carver Co. dairy expo Feb. 20

By Starrla Cray

A quarter of a century ago, the first Carver County Dairy Expo was just getting underway.

Now, the event has become an annual tradition that farmers and others involved in the agriculture industry look forward to each winter.

The 2017 expo and trade show is set for Monday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central High School in Norwood Young America.

Morning sessions

The first informational sessions start at 10:30 a.m., and includes:

• “Small Giants: Strategies for Small Farm Survival,” led by Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, extension dairy systems specialist from the University of Kentucky;

• “25 Years and Counting: Building on the Past for a Bright Future,” led by Jim Dickrell, editor of Dairy Herd Management; and

• “Communication: The Key to Labor Management,” led by Betty Berning, extension educator for agriculture business management at the University of Minnesota.

Mid-day agenda

At 11:30 a.m., a special presentation about the expo’s 25th anniversary will take place in the auditorium.

Shortly after (at 11:45 a.m.), Phil Plourd, dairy economist of Blimling and Associates, will speak about “Feeding America, Feeding the World.”

Lunch will be served at 12:45 p.m., and attendees are welcome to browse the dairy trade show, which takes place throughout the day. About 50 vendors will be featured.

Afternoon sessions

The last round of sessions begins at 2:15 p.m., and includes:

• “The Effect of Hay Rake Type on Ash Content in Hay,” led by Abby Neu, University of Minnesota extension educator;

• “Using Precision Technology to Improve your Farm,” led by Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, extension dairy systems specialist from the University of Kentucky; and

• “Escuela de Mastitis,” led by Jorge Delgado, bilingual dairy specialist from Elanco Animal Health. (This entire session will be presented in Spanish.)

Other info

The cost to attend the expo is $10 cash or check at the door, or $5 for students with a valid ID. Ticket prices include lunch, refreshments, and program notes.

An earlybird drawing for Chanhassen Dinner Theatre tickets will take place at 10:15 a.m., and a drawing for a ladies basket will be at 3:15 p.m.

Grand prizes of $100 cash and $250 cash will also be given away at 3:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Carver County Extension at (952) 466-5300.

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