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Pennsylvania Dairy Futures Analysis
Webinars will explore efficient production increases

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Dr. Linda Baker, staff veterinarian of animal production systems for the University of Pennsylvania Field Investigation and the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System, and Rebecca White, dairy extension program manager with the Penn State Extension, will lead the seventh of 10 webinars associated with the Pennsylvania Dairy Futures Analysis.

Baker and White will lead a discussion on nutritional strategies that dairy producers can employ to achieve a 4 to 5-pound increase in milk production. Improving milk production per cow across the state is one of several prescriptions identified in the analysis to strengthen individual dairy farms and the broader industry. The webinar is planned for Friday, September 13, at 2 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Dairy Futures Analysis was a joint project of the Center for Dairy Excellence, Penn State Extension Dairy Team, University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center and Saint Joseph’s University School of Food Marketing. It was funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and was a year-long review of historical trends and future projections within Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.

The study looks at trends in producer demographics, on-farm production, crop and land use, processing, marketing and consumption patterns. The analysis also offers twenty prescriptions for necessary interventions to foster growth and revitalization of the dairy industry in the commonwealth.

A recording of the first six webinars are now available online at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org. The most recent webinar, led by Dr. Michaela Kristula, focused on milk quality strategies to achieve a somatic cell count level of 150,000 or lower. Click on “Dairy Information,” then on “PA Dairy Futures Analysis,” to access the recordings.

Upcoming webinar dates are listed below. All future webinars begin at 2 p.m. The dates for the last two webinars in the series of ten have been rescheduled for November. To pre-register, email info@centerfordairyexcellence.org.
• Friday, September 27, “Heifer Rearing Strategies to Achieve an AFC of 22 Months,” led by Galligan.
• Friday, November 1, “Milk Processing & Consumption Trends in Pennsylvania,” led by White and Dr. John Stanton with the Saint Joseph’s University School of Food Marketing.
• Friday, November 8, “A Review of What Labeling Can Do for Pennsylvania Milk Sales,” led by Stanton.

For more information, go to www.centerfordairyexcellence.org and click on “Dairy Information,” then on “PA Dairy Futures Analysis.” Printed copies of the “Pennsylvania Dairy Futures Analysis” can also be requested online at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org or by calling the center at 717-346-0849.