Farm Horizons, February 2018

Carver Co. dairy expo Feb. 19

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

With dairy farming, there’s always something new to learn – and the Carver County Dairy Expo makes it easy and fun.

The 26th annual event is set for Monday, Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central High School in Norwood Young America.

Topics include feed quality, digestibility, alfalfa production, and financial relationships – along with two Spanish sessions on mastitis and milking procedures.

“The Carver County Dairy Expo is a one-day educational event and tradeshow,” said Colleen Carlson, University of Extension Educator in Carver and Scott counties. “We invite dairy producers from across the state take part in the breakout sessions and join in the conversation.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Mike Hutjens, an expert in dairy and nutritional science from the University of Illinois. He will provide strategies on how to feed dairy cows efficiently with today’s low profit margins, as well as discuss methods for achieving high value milk components.

Morning sessions – 10:30 a.m.

• 10:30 a.m. – “Changing Yield Measure: Harvest Digestible Tons per Acre, Not Just Tons,” led by Dr. John Goeser of Rock River Laboratory in Watertown, WI.

• 10:30 a.m. – “Building a Strong Partnership with your Financial Partners,” panel discussion led by Megan Roberts, Extension Educator Ag Business with the University of Minnesota.

Keynote address

• 11:30 a.m. – “Feeding Dairy Cows with Today’s Low Milk Prices,” by keynote speaker Mike Hutjens of the University of Illinois.

Afternoon sessions – 2:15 p.m.

• 2:15 p.m. – “Achieving High Value Components,” led by Dr. Mike Hutjens, professor from the University of Illinois.

• 2:15 p.m. – “Does Low Lignin Alfalfa Fit your Production Window?” led by Dr. Scotty Wells, forage specialist with the University of Minnesota.

Spanish sessions

• 10:30 a.m. – “Science of Mastitis,” presented in Spanish by Jorge Delgado, a bilingual trainer and dairy specialist with Elanco Animal Health.

• 11:30 a.m. – “Dairy Labor Engagement: Attracting, Managing, Retaining Good Employees,” round table discussion moderated by Jorge Delgado, a bilingual trainer and dairy specialist with Elanco Animal Health.

• 2:15 p.m. – “Understanding How Our Decisions During Calving Define the Future of the Cow and the Calf,” presented in Spanish by Mario Flores, a Technical Services Specialist, with Form A Feed.

Other info

Throughout the day, attendees are welcome to browse the dairy trade show, which will feature about 50 vendors. Lunch will be served at 12:45 p.m.

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 early bird drawing for Chanhassen Dinner Theater tickets (sponsored by UFC) will take place at 10:30 a.m. More cash prizes will be given away at the end of the day.

For more information about the 26th Carver County Dairy Expo, contact Colleen Carlson at or (952) 466-5306.

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