Minnesota Hosts First U.S. Precision Dairy Conference

State-of-the-art event is set for June 25-27 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.

Published on: May 23, 2013

The first-ever U.S. Precision Dairy Conference and Expo is set for June 25-27 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.

The program includes a one-day tour of top farms near Rochester, a two-day agenda packed with the latest research and industry information, and a trade show dedicated to the latest technology in robotic milking, precision management using sensors, activity monitors, computerized solutions and precision feeding.

The one-day tour of top managed area dairy farms includes a high producing robot milking farm, automated calf feeding, and two farms with advanced parlor milking systems and cow sensor technologies.

During the two-day conference, there will be four producer panels with a total of 14 producers talking about their experiences with robotic milking, individual cow sensors for activity, temperature and rumination, automated calf feeding, and in-line parlor technology that measures components, progesterone and ketones in every cow at every milking, and more.

Minnesota Hosts First U.S. Precision Dairy Conference
Minnesota Hosts First U.S. Precision Dairy Conference

Nationally-known dairy farmers on the program include Doyle Waybright of Mason Dixon Farms in Gettysburg, PA, and Jake Peissig of JRP Farms in Dorchester, WI—recently acclaimed as the highest producing DeLaval robot milked herd in the world.

Keynote conference speakers include Jeffrey Bewley who leads research in precision technologies at the University of Kentucky; internationally-known nutritionist Alex Bach from Spain; and Marcia Endres from the University of Minnesota and Margit Bak Jensen from Denmark who will discuss automated feeding of calves. Jack Rodenburg from Canada will share his experiences with robotic milking and what makes it work.

Economics is an important part of the technology discussion. Albert DeVries from the University of Florida will give the American perspective on adoption of precision technology while Henk Hogeveen from the Netherlands will give the European experience. Ilan Halachmi from Israel, Ray Nebel from Select Sires and Doug Reinemann from the University of Wisconsin will talk about sensors.

Full program information, including submitted papers on the latest research, is available on the Precision Dairy 2013 website (precisiondairy.umn.edu).

Organizers encourage farmers to register now. Early registration deadline ends June 10.

Register online at www.regonline.com/PrecDairy

Organizers also wish to thank all the sponsors for their support, especially Platinum Sponsors—DeLaval, Artex Barn Solutions, BouMatic Robotics, Lely, AMS-Galaxy/Urban, GEA and DairyMaster.

For more information, please contact Marcia Endres at miendres@umn.edu