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Maximizing efficiencies subject of forums, Oct. 18 and 31
Precision technologies encouraged

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State’s Extension Dairy Team will host two programs on using precision technologies for maximum efficiency on dairy farms. With increasing competition and shrinking margins, new technology can save labor costs, improve animal performance and open opportunities for more effective herd management.

The one-day Precision Dairy Technology Forums are designed for farm managers and will be held on October 18 in Franklin County and October 31 in Lancaster County, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both locations will feature speakers and dairy producer panels. Registration is free, but must be done by October 10.

Dairy farm owners, herdsmen, and related industry personnel will learn the positives and negatives associated with various precision technologies and gain the ability to make an informed decision regarding the role of the technology on their dairy.

Sites are: Franklin County Cooperative Extension, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, on October 18; and the Lancaster Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster, on October 31.

Topics in Franklin County include robotic milking systems and group calf raising. Speakers will be Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science, Penn State University; Paul Berdell, Robotic Milking Solutions; and Jared Yousey, DeLaval.  

Program topics in Lancaster will include genomics and future genetic technology, and activity monitors to manage breeding. Speakers will include Chad Dechow, associate professor of dairy cattle genetics, Penn State University; Paul Haskins, Genex; and Ray Nebel, vice president of technical services for Select Sires, Inc.

Seaker sponsors are Advanced Comfort Technology, DeLaval, Genex and Select Sires.

Platinum sponsors: Cowkuhlerz, Fisher & Thompson, Lancaster DHIA and SCR North America.

Gold sponsors: Fulton Bank, Lancaster Dairy Farm Automation, Land O'Lakes and Susquehanna Bank.

This program is eligible for 2 SmartStart credits from AgChoice Farm Credit.

Registration can be done online at http://extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy/courses or by downloading a registration form and mailing to Penn State Extension Dairy Team, 324 Henning Bldg., University Park, PA 16802. The deadline is October 10.

For more information, call toll-free 888-373-7232.