A top producer panel will address feed availability and alternative feed sources under drought conditions during the upcoming multi state regional Heart of America Dairy Expo and trade show.
The Expo is scheduled for January 25-26, 2013 at the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, Missouri. It is open to all dairy farmers and allied industry.
"We have identified four leading dairy farmers, representing different methods of dairy farming from rotational grazing to strictly inside feeding to address this all important subject facing dairy farmers in the Midwest," says Dave Drennan, Expo Sales Manager.
"The drought continues with little relief while many dairy farmers are short on feed because of their parched pastures and devastated crops. Dairy farmers are faced with finding alternative feed sources and our panel will address this issue first hand," says Drennan.
The producer panel includes Marilyn Calvin, Mt. Vernon; John Schoen, Oak Ridge; Jeff Buckner, Stockton and Stacey McCallister of Mountain Grove, Missouri with moderator Joe Horner of the University of Missouri. The panel will convene on Friday afternoon January 25 at 1:30 p.m.
The Expo kicks off with an early bird seminar Thursday evening January 24 at 7:30 p.m. with "Ways to Reduce Risk for Dairy Farmers" by Dr. Scott Brown with the University of Missouri. "Volatility facing U.S. dairy farmers remains at unprecedented levels. This discussion will provide farmers with some alternative tools to incorporate in their operations to reduce the risks they face today," says Dr. Brown.