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Dairy Nutrition Update Slated in Goshen


Published: Friday, December 1, 2017

Nutrition of animals is one of the most important topics when it comes to dairy production, because of the affects it can have on production levels, health of the animal, and the bottom line. With the fluctuation in feed prices, milk prices, the weather and other variables dairy producers are always seeking ways to improve their strategies on feeding their cattle. Elkhart County Extension will be hosting a Dairy Nutrition Update on Dec. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the ECCC-Martin and Fidler Rooms on the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen.

This year's Nutrition Update will include:

Travis Busman of Save Cows, will present "Measure to Improve Hoof Health and Animal Welfare." His discussion will be a common sense approach to trouble shooting lameness as well as anatomy based guidelines for evaluating the hoof trimming on the dairy.

Jacquelyn Boerman, Purdue Extension dairy specialist. Update on Transition Cow Research: There is increasing evidence that nutrition and management of dry cows has long term effects on milk production, reproduction, and also the productivity of the calf. We will discuss some current research that is being conducted to understand the importance of the dry period for future profitability.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers and ask nutritional questions. The total cost of the workshop is $15 per person and will include lunch and handouts. Reservations for the workshop are due by Dec. 6. For more information, call Robert Kelly at 574/533-0554.

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