Educational workshop for dairy farmers held in December

Workshop hosted in two locations will educate dairy farmers on innovative techniques and business management

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension in partnership with MSU’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station and the Michigan Food & Farming Systems is offering an educational event, “An Innovative Dairy Farm Model – Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” at two Michigan locations. The workshop is geared toward dairy farmers of all experience levels but especially those interested in beginning dairy farming or those looking to transition to incorporate grazing into their operations. Programs will be held on Dec. 7 in St. Johns and Dec. 8 in Hickory Corners. On both days, the workshops will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The workshop features presentations from dairy professionals offering innovative farming strategies for existing operations. Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension dairy field specialist, will present “Millionaire Model Dairy Farms” and “Building a Low-Cost TRANS Iowa Parlor.” Tranel believes there is an opportunity in dairy farming to profit with good quality of life, and the techniques he teaches may provide a lower risk means to attaining financial and quality-of-life goals. His presentations will cover techniques to reduce a dairy farm’s expenses by collectively focusing on labor efficiency, cost effective parlors and facilities, managing intensive grazing, cross breeding, semi-seasonal calving and dairy TRANS Financial Analysis.

Phil Taylor, Michigan State University TelFarm Center outreach specialist, will discuss “The Importance of Accrual Business Analysis” and “Transition to Intensive Grazing: A Michigan Review.”

A panel of farmers and producers will also present innovative techniques they have adapted and will discuss how these changes have benefited their farms.

Later in the day, participants will tour a local dairy farm that has adapted many of the techniques covered in the presentations.

The Dec. 7 workshop takes place at the Emerald Golf Course, 2300 W. Maple Rapids Road, St. Johns, Mich. For more information on the St. Johns session, contact Faith Cullens at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 989-224-5240.

The Dec. 9 workshop takes place at the Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, Mich. For information on the Hickory Corners session, contact Mat Haan at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 269-671-2360.

Each workshop is $35 per person, which includes lunch, attendance to the workshop and farm tour. Registration is due by Dec. 1, 2011, to Mat Haan, Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060. Make checks payable to Michigan State University.

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