Tricounty News

Dairy heifer tour scheduled

The Professional Dairy Heifer Growers Association (PDHGA) along with the University of Minnesota (U of M) and University of Wisconsin (U of W) are hosting a tour in central Wisconsin that will focus on raising heifers. The tour will be August 17-18 at the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station and the surrounding area. A bus is available at no charge for Minnesota participants. The bus will depart in Fargo, N.D., and follow I-94 with possible stops in Sauk Centre, Monticello and western Wisconsin based on general locations of registered participants. The tour will visit Purvis Premier Calves, a calf grower with 300 calves in hutches, to learn how to get calves off to the right start. There will also be a stop at Heeg Farms, where older heifers are raised on a mound system with minimal housing. The tour will also spend time at the new Marshfield Ag Research Station, which has a new state-of-the-art heifer research facility. The facility was completed this spring and has several on-going research projects. Topics for workshops in the program include: o Efficacy of on-farm pasteurized waste milk systems. o A survey of replacement heifer mineral feeding practices on Wisconsin dairy operations. o Changing agronomy practices in heifer rearing operations. o The Integrated Dairy Research Facility: An Update Dr. Lance Fox will discuss Basic Immunology and the 5-Cs of Calf Raising: Back to the Basics; and Dr. Hugh Chester-Jones, U of M, and Pat Hoffman, U of W, will discuss the research collaboration of two new facilities in Waseca and Marshfield, Wis. Registration is $35. For more information, contact Mike Strayer at (218) 631-4170, or Jim Salfer toll-free at (888) 241-4591 or by e-mail at salfe001.umn.edu. To register for the bus call Bobbi Talmadge at (701) 328-4159.