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State Ayrshire Breeders Offering Grants to Producers
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/16/2017

Dairy producers who are looking to start building a herd of Registered Ayrshires may want to apply for grant money from the state's breed association. The second annual Beginning in Ayrshires Grant program is being sponsored by the Wisconsin Ayrshire Breeders' Association.

The chosen applicant will be awarded $1,000 from WABA, which will be used to help purchase an Ayrshire cow or heifer. The goal of the program is to show farmers the profitability of Ayrshires in their milking herd.

"Ayrshire dairy cattle are a valuable asset to every dairy farm," said WABA President Richard Franta. "They have many positive attributes that are profitable for all types of operations, including: low somatic cell counts, higher pregnancy rates, trouble-free body composition, functional size, higher fat and protein percent, compete well in grazing and freestall set ups, and many other wonderful attributes."

The grant will be given in the form of a certificate, which can be redeemed with the purchase of animals at the annual Wisconsin Ayrshire Spring Sale in Neillsville on April 15. The winning recipient will also be given a one year membership to WABA, and assistance and information in the selection of their sale purchase.

For more information or to obtain an application, call 715-307-0537. The deadline to apply is February 1.

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