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PA Dairy Summit

The annual event brings dairy producers and industry leaders together for discussions and hands-on farm management insights to expand their knowledge base.

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The Penn State Extension Dairy and Vet Teams will be providing eight different hands-on demonstrations during the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit held on Wednesday and Thursday, February 10 - 11, at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College. Demonstrations will be available during all open trade show times during breaks and meals.

Participants will be able to interact with Penn State Extension educators or faculty facilitating the demo. This will mark the third year the demonstrations will be available at the Dairy Summit.

Each day there will be four new demonstrations attendees can visit:

Wednesday February 10th

Dairy Quality understanding the ABCD’s: Antibiotics, Blemishes and Cull Dairy Cows: Market cows removed from our dairy herds are receiving more scrutiny from consumer groups as well as regulators relative to welfare concerns (lameness, thin cows) and antibiotic residues. Come learn about opportunities to receive more money for these cows as well as address these concerns through good application of quality assurance programs on your farm.

You Can Taste the Difference: How On-Farm Practices Affect Milk Attributes: Cleaning and sanitizing practices, ventilation, feed, the presence of certain types of bacteria, and improper cooling are among the on-farm practices that can influence the quality of milk. Practice using your senses including smell and taste to detect some of these problems.

Penn State Particle Size Box and On Farm Dry Matters: Having the proper particle size distribution of feeds and monitoring forage dry matters are important parts of ration formulation. Bring your own TMR or forage sample to determine if you are feeding the correct forage particle length needed to improve ruminant nutrition.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Agriculture:  Is this Technology really worth my time and money? Everyday there is new information on UAVs (UASs or Drones) in the news , use in Agriculture or someone on YouTube with a new UAV Video.   The current “theme” is to keep learning, stay in touch with the Regulations and avoid making negative headlines.  Learn the pro’s and con’s of UAV’s,  understand why producers may want to look at this technology, see examples and determine if you are really suitable to use this technology.

Thursday, February 11th

Who’s in bed with your cows? Taking a look at bacteria in bedding: Teat ends are the single source of entry for bacteria that can cause mastitis in your cows. Bedding is in closest proximity of your cows’ teat ends for the longest period of time. Come see and learn about the role of bedding types and management can play in either increasing or decreasing the risk of mastitis in your cows.

Discover your numbers: Do you know what all those complicated financial measures really mean? Take a guess and discover how you can improve your farm’s bottom line.

Guarding Against Corn Harvesting Accidents: Most serious corn harvesting accidents involve either corn-pickers or corn combines. A number of Pennsylvania farmers lose fingers, hands, arms, and even feet in corn harvesting equipment each year and some lose their lives. Nearly all of these incidents are preventable, but fall weather changes, risk-taking, carelessness, or lack of knowledge is often found to be the cause of injury or death. Such tragedies can be prevented if farm workers understand the hazards these machines present and practice the safety precautions needed to avoid them. Most serious corn harvesting accidents involve either corn-pickers or corn combines. Because these machines perform similar tasks, the dangers related to their operation are similar including burns, severe cuts, entrapment, amputations and death.

Slug management and Bio-control: Learn about slug pests and how protecting predator populations can provide long term and sustainable control. This demo will provide insight into which management practices may be helping or hurting slug predator populations on your farm. Information on slug scouting and predator identification will also be available.