Dairy grazers and dairy grazing enthusiasts from several states will be gathering in October to share and increase their knowledge about pasture-based and organic dairy production systems. The conference is based in Wytheville in Southwestern Virginia where Interstates 77 and 81 meet. The event begins with registration at the Wytheville Meeting Center on Monday, October 11, at 3:00 p.m. and concludes on Wednesday, October 13, at 2:15 p.m.
The program will feature speakers from several states including Dr. John Niezen of the Greenstone Grazing Group in Louisville, Georgia; Jon Bansen of Double J Jerseys in Monmouth, Oregon; Mr. Joe Horner, Extension Economist with the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri; and Dr. Larry Tranel, Dairy Field Specialist, Iowa State University Extension in Dubuque, Iowa. Eric Crowgey of Wytheville and Jay Richardson of Sugar Grove are two local dairy graziers that have agreed to host on-farm visits during the 3-day event. We will also have involvement of other resource people from the region including other dairy producers, NRCS and Extension personnel, and various representatives of companies and organizations that provide services to dairy graziers.
The program will cover many aspects of dairy grazing systems applicable to both experienced and to beginning dairy grazers. Topics include financial strategies to become “millionaire model dairy farms,” low-cost milking parlors, and management of cattle and pastures in various pasture-based and organic production systems. Some topic areas will be covered by presentations on farm and at the Meeting Center while other topics will be covered by panel discussions of dairy grazers and other speakers.
Location: Wytheville Meeting Center: www.wythevillemeetingcenter.com
Program information: Steve Washburn, North Carolina State University, Steve_Washburn@ncsu.edu (919) 515-7726
Local arrangements: Chase Scott, Virginia Cooperative Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org (276) 223-6040
Several hotels are available near the Wytheville Meeting Center
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Alan L. Grant, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.
October 5, 2010