Innovations in the dairy industry and the latest market forecasts will be featured at the 43rd annual Monett Dairy Day, slated for Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Monett National Guard Armory. The conference is free, and the public is welcome.
Sponsored by the Monett Chamber of Commerce and the University of Missouri Extension, Dairy Day is the first of two agriculture conferences scheduled for the day at the Armory. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The second conference is the beff cattlemen's conference, which begins at 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Stacey Hamilton, Extension dairy specialist, will open the dairy conference at 10:30 a.m. by discussing forages for hybrid dairy systems. An overview of market trends presented by Joe Horner, dairy agriculture business specialist with the University of Missouri in Columbia, will follow at 11:15 a.m.
At 1 p.m., Jim Ingle, owner and founder of H.R. Professional Solutions of Monett, will speak about issues to address when hiring dairy employees. Mark Witherspoon, general manager of Mid-South Dairy Records in Springfield, will close the conference by talking about how to get the most from a Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA). Mid-South provides testing for records as a DHIA.
Lunch will be served at noon, courtesy of the chamber.
Vendors will have booths offering products and services in a trade show setting available throughout the conference. Serving on the conference planning committee are David Young, Tim Dieckhoff, Charles Fletcher, Darron Schoen, Tom Mareth, Randy Henderson, Suzy McElmurry, Tony Rickard and Mike Meier.
For more information, contact Rickard at the Extension office in Cassville, 417-847-3161.