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Extension Holding Dairy Ventilation Workshops in December
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/14/2011

The temperatures may be cooling off this time of the year, but that doesn't mean dairy producers shouldn't plan ahead for next summer's inevitable heat wave.

The University of Wisconsin-Extension is holding two 'Beat the Heat in December!' workshops next month. The program is designed to show farmers how to reduce the negative impact hot weather can bring to your herd health and milk production.

Two identical meetings will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on December 6 at the Rock Garden Supper Club in Green Bay; and on December 7 at the Millhome Supper Club in Kiel.

Speakers and topics include:

** Dr. David Kammel, UW-Madison/UW-Extension agricultural engineer, will talk about building design and heat abatement options for dairy facilities.

** Dr. David Ohman, Technical Service Specialist from Diamond V, will share information on rations and feeding strategies that can minimize the impact hot weather can have on dairy cows.

** A presentation by Eastern Wisconsin DHI about evaluating dairy farm records and some of the tools they have that can be used to assess the impact heat has on the herd.

** Bethany Reinholtz, Wisconsin Focus on Energy, will cover energy conservation and programs available through Focus on Energy

** Jim Stojke, Project Designer from Keller, Inc., will share some examples of heat abatement systems they have put into facilities they have built the last few years.

The cost of this program is $25, which includes lunch and materials.

To register for the Green Bay location, call the Oconto UW-Extension office at 920-834-6845. To register for the Kiel location, contact the Sheboygan UW-Extension Office at 920-459-5902.

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