Applications are available for the 2015 National Dairy Conference

Applications are now being accepted to represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Dairy Conference on September 27 through October 1, 2015 in Madison, WI. More than 200 students from 30 states are expected to attend the conference where they will learn about new farm technologies, dairy processing, how to be an advocate for agriculture and careers in the dairy industry.

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Efficient cows are environmentally friendly cows

Dairy farms with higher-producing cows create smaller carbon footprints and are more profitable, a win-win situation for everyone, including the cows, according to Victor E. Cabrera, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension professor and dairy systems management specialist.

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Dairy Quiz Bowl

4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl and Management results

Shawano County’s senior dairy bowl team and their senior dairy management team topped the State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl and Management Contests on February 7 in Portage. The quiz bowl team will represent Wisconsin in November at the national contest in Louisville, KY and the Management Contest team will represent Wisconsin at the All American Dairy Show Youth Management contest in Harrisburg, PA. In quiz bowl Juneau County earned top honors as the winning mixed division team, while Sheboygan finished first in the junior division. For the management contest Barron County won first prize for the mixed division and Sheboygan County took home top honors for the junior division.

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Midwest Manure Summit scheduled for Feb. 24 and 25  

Animal agriculture is a $7.5 billion dollar industry in Wisconsin. As the industry evolves, the handling of manure is becoming more complex, as waste streams are processed for energy, fertilizer, bedding and potable water production. To keep abreast of the latest technologies and techniques in animal manure management, University of Wisconsin-Extension invites you to the 2015 Midwest Manure Summit at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay on Feb. 24-25.

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Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference Scheduled for April 30

Consumers want to know where and how their food is produced. The University of Wisconsin-Extension will host indexthe annual Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference on April 30 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. Since consumer confidence is a critical piece of food production, this year’s conference will focus on animal care practices and why it matters to consumers. Dairy and beef producers, veterinarians, farm service providers, educators, emergency managers, first responders, and elected officials are encouraged to attend.

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