Parke County Fairgrounds will be one of 11 stops for the Purdue Dairy Roadshow program in 2003. Dairy producers from throughout West Central Indiana are invited to come, listen, and learn from Purdue specialists and other experts.
The program will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Parke County Extension Office meeting room. While this program is part of a series, they are not all the same. Time for local topics is built in so each area can focus on concerns or issues for dairy producers in that part of the state. A light lunch will be served and the program will adjourn by 1:30 p.m.
Some program topics are the same at each location, and one will be an economic outlook. The impact of low milk prices, and prospects for higher prices will be discussed by Mike Schutz, Purdue Extension Dairy Specialist. What is the dairy situation, and what is the outlook for milk prices in Indiana?
Weather conditions such as freezing temperatures have a great impact on udder health, while hot, humid weather increases environmental mastitis problems. Heat stress on cows can reduce production significantly. Weather and milk quality will be addressed by Purdue Extension Veterinarian Dr. Simon Kenyon at the Rockville program.
Dr. Kenyon will also discuss special problems and health management of early lactation cows, and an update on the dairy check-off program will be given by Sue Brames of Milk Promotions Service, Inc. Printed information will provide tips on other subjects.
One local topic will be an update on the EQIP program by District Conservationist Don Donovan of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Another brief update will explain and answer questions about the USDA Milk Price Support Program.
The local host for the program is Park County Extension Educator Mark Spelbring. Advance reservations are requested and can be made through local Extension Offices, by calling Parke County at (765) 569-3176 or by sending e-mail to email@example.com.