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Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance will have it’s annual meeting on Feb. 25 in Darlington, Wis. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the program beginning at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. A full agenda and registration is available at lafayetteagstewardship.org
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End Time: 12:00 AM
In response to the growing number of dairy cattle welfare audits in the United States, Dr. Nigel Cook, Dr. Jennifer Van Os, and Courtney Halbach will combine lectures, discussions, and group work to provide practical and economical on-farm improvements to participants who are looking to improve welfare audit results, optimize performance, and address consumer concerns about animal care during a Dairyland Initiative Workshop, Feb. 26 in Milwaukee, Wis. Barn design and management strategies such as calf raising, adult cow ventilation and cooling, stall design and surface, and hoof health management will be discussed to improve animal well-being on-farm. Participants must bring a computer that runs Microsoft Excel to partake in the group exercises. Thanks to the generous support of Saputo Inc., all U.S. dairy farmers are eligible for a 25% discount on registration for this workshop. Visit https://apps.vetmed.wisc.edu/cereg/.
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Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 11:00 AM
There will be a briefing on Dairy Economics and Policy with Dr. Mark Stephenson, dairy economist and director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10 - 11 a.m. at Wisconsin State Capitol, Room 412E in Madison, Wis. At this educational event, Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin, will share encouraging results from recent analyses of federal dairy policies designed to reduce volatility in dairy markets and improve dairy farm profitability. These policies also show promise for significantly reducing U.S. government expenditures on dairy programs and curbing farm loss. With important implications for the nation’s dairy farmers, dairy consumers, and taxpayers, this is a briefing you won’t want to miss. Sponsors include Wisconsin Farmers Union, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Organization-WI. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. For more information and to RSVP, go to www.DairyTogether.com, or contact Kara O’Connor, Wisconsin Farmers Union: koconnor@wisconsinfarmersunion.com.
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End Time: 12:00 AM
The Minnesota Dairy Initiative is offering a farm couple retreat for farmers across the state of Minnesota to attend. This farm couple retreat is open to any farming couple that is interested in learning more about improving communication with each other, improving communication with their family, relationship building, handling stress, personalities, problem solving, farm/family goal setting, action planning, and learning about helpful resources. This mini-vacation away from the farm as a couple can help refocus the farm and family, especially through a time of economic stress in agriculture. This retreat will be held in Park Rapids, Minn. on February 28-29. Registration will be first come, first serve. For more information or if you have interest in registering, please contact Leah Bischof at 320-429-0611 or leahbischof@gmail.com.
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Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM
“Genomics Provides Clues to Fertility” is the subject of the Feb. 28 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) webinar. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. Central time and features Joseph Dalton, a professor in the department of animal and veterinary science at the University of Idaho. He will share some early research results that provide hope regarding genomic selection for fertility becoming a reality on farms. During the Feb. 28 webinar, Dalton will address these key topics: – When sperm in the male and oocytes in the female are produced, each gamete may not carry the exact same DNA sequence. A polymorphism may occur, which involves one or more variants of a particular DNA sequence. – The most common polymorphism involves variation at a single nucleotide (base pair). This variation, known as SNP (“snip”), may serve as a marker for a variety of genes. – Genetic gain and breeding value for both milk and daughter pregnancy rate in U.S. Holsteins continues to exhibit an upward trend. – Ample opportunity exists to make significant gains in Holstein heifer fertility using genomic selection. To register for this webinar, go to: http://bit.ly/DCRCwebinarFeb20 and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate. If you are a DCRC member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar at www.dcrcouncil.org (about two weeks after the webinar).
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Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Tough economic times in the agricultural sector can take a toll on farm families, with increased stress associated with financial challenges often leading to difficulties communicating and making effective decisions. To help Wisconsin farm couples learn about stress management techniques, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension are hosting a series of Farm Couples Weekend Workshops this winter. Roger Williams, a farm family communications consultant and DATCP Farm Center volunteer mediator, will facilitate the sessions. Extension educators from the local areas and Farm Center staff will be available to provide information about other Extension and Farm Center programs and services. These weekend workshops are designed to help farm couples: – Deal more effectively with stress – Learn about personality differences – Communicate more effectively with each other and other family members – Make plans for the future – Learn about helpful resources in the community, including UW-Extension and DATCP There is no cost to attend. Refreshments, meals, lodging, instruction and materials will be provided and financial assistance for childcare, farm labor or mileage may be available. For more information about financial assistance, contact the Farm Center at 800-942-2474. The schedule is as follows: – Feb. 29 to March 1, Appleton – March 7-8, Waupun – March 21-22, Eau Claire – April 4-5, Rice Lake Pre-registration and a deposit is required, with the deposit refunded on the second day of the weekend. Interested couples can reserve a spot by purchasing a “ticket” at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/farmstress/farmcouples/. Registration deadline is one week prior to each weekend. Each weekend will be open to the first 10 couples who register and provide the refundable deposit. The weekend begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with on-site check-in and ends Sunday at 3 p.m. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Resilient Farms, Families, Businesses and Communities website: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/farmstress/
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