MSU Winter Dairy Program: Managing Your Cows’ Genes for Greater Profits

The in-person MSU winter dairy program is back!

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The competitive future of your dairy herd is dependent upon a continuous transformation of heifers and cows with the greatest genetic potential, and sales of offspring from cattle with the least potential. Genetic advancement incorporating desired genetic traits and the use of optimal management strategies are the keys to greater profitability on your dairy.

This February, the Michigan State University Extension Dairy Team is proud to offer in-person winter meetings focused on managing your cows’ genes for greater profit. Join us to talk about new genetic traits, genetic inventory management, feed efficiency, longevity, and approaches to tie them together.

Dates and Locations

Meetings will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with lunch included with registration, in five different locations across Michigan:

  • Feb. 15, 2022 - Martin Township Community Bldg., 998 Templeton St., Martin, MI 49070
  • Feb. 17, 2022 - Forward’s Conference Center, 2980 Cook Rd., West Branch, MI 48661
  • Feb. 22, 2022 - Franklin Inn, 1070 E. Huron Ave., Bad Axe, MI 48413
  • Feb. 23, 2022 - Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, 6087 E M-115, Cadillac, MI 49601
  • Feb. 24, 2022 – Agro-Liquid, 2055 M-21, St. Johns, MI 48879

The event will feature a producer panel moderated by Richard Pursley, PhD, as well as presentations by Barry Bradford, PhD, a reproductive expert from either Genex, Central Star/Select, Genus PLC, or Alta Genetics (one per meeting), Michigan State University Extension Educators Martin Mangual and Marianne Murawski, and an early career dairy scientist from MSU.

Agenda

  • Feed Saved trait: What is it and where did it come from?
  • Building a breeding program for genetic progress and profit
  • Feeding efficiently: Learning from farm feeding evaluations
  • Impact of cow longevity on the overall efficiency of the herd
  • On-going new research at MSU
  • Producer panel: Building a successful reproductive program

This program is designed for dairy farm owners, managers, and farm consultants and will be focused on genetic improvement and management strategies.

For special requests or additional information contact Martín Mangual at 616-994-4581 or email carrasq1@msu.edu.

Registration Fees & Information

$25 Registration fee includes lunch, refreshments, and materials.

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are planning for an in-person program in February. All participants, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while indoors on MSU property or any property that is reserved or rented exclusively for an MSU activity. Please do not attend any programs, meetings, or events if you feel ill.

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