Innovative calf and heifer operations will be front and center during a tour of four facilities in northwestern Wisconsin Oct. 21, developed by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.
"We're going to check out low-cost, retrofitted and state-of-the-art facilities for dairy calves, heifers and springers and interact with dairy producers who will share their stories regarding challenges, triumphs and lessons learned," says Doug Knoepke, a Durand, Wis., dairy producer and president of PDPW. "The tour is all about information and idea sharing, networking and finding ways for dairy producers to be more profitable."
Wednesday's northwestern Wisconsin tour will visit Marty Weiss, Durand, who uses a self-cleaning, bunker pen system and has plans for another facility; Prissel Valley Farms, Durand, that raises 100 wet calves and recently added a 550-stall heifer barn; Bussee's Barron Acres, Barron, a highly successful 2,800 calf-raising operation; and Sugar-Bol Farm, Chetek, that has retrofitted facilities with free-stalls and lots with mounds and uses a bedding recycler.
The tour is open to dairy producers - PDPW members and non-members - as well as industry leaders. Registration fees covers round-trip bussing, lunch, refreshments and information that can't be gathered anywhere other than from experienced calf and heifer raisers.
To register or to learn more about the tour, visit www.pdpw.org.