DAIRY FIELD DAY SET APRIL 28 AT E.V. SMITH RESEARCH CENTER
AUBURN, Ala. -- Profitability, genetics, transitioning, forages and wedge grazing will be on the agenda Tuesday, April 28 as Alabama dairy producers gather at the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station's E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter for the 2009 Dairy Field Day.
The program, which begins at 9 a.m. at E.V. Smith's dairy unit, will also include presentations on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed greenhouse-gas-emissions tax on livestock that would cost dairy farmers an estimated $175 per cow on methane capture and conversion. Speakers will also address tax credits for producers and potential income-enhancing options for dairy producers. The program will wrap up with an open discussion about state and federal waste-management rules and regulations.
Throughout the day, producers will have the opportunity to check out the mobile dairy classroom sponsored by the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association and supported by Alabama dairy farmers. The classroom is a milking parlor on wheels, cow included, that travels to schools to give students and others an up-close view of a cow-milking demonstration and information about milk and how it's produced.
Any companies or organizations interested in helping sponsor the field day, as well as producers who need more information, should contact Boyd Brady in Auburn University's animal sciences department at firstname.lastname@example.org, (334) 844-1562 or (334) 321-8826.
The E.V. Smith center is just off Exit 26 on I-85. The dairy unit is at 4725 Macon County Road 40 in Shorter.