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December 3 Marshfield Dairy Day To Focus On Heifer Management

Visitors to the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station”s Dairy Day on Dec. 3 will pick up some tips on heifer management, along with an update on the station”s expansion project and a demonstration of silage storage in a bunker.

Following opening remarks by Tom Drendel, superintendent of the Marshfield station, UW-Madison dairy management specialist Pat Hoffman will discuss whether calving heifers at 20 months is feasible, and then look at the effects of dietary protein on frame growth in heifers. Ric Grummer, dairy nutritionist at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, will discuss transition management from heifer to cow, and Tom Anderson, Shawano Co. Extension dairy agent, will look at labor and management efficiencies in calf and heifer care.

The afternoon features a series of 20-minute breakout sessions:

Improving Milk Yield with Supplemental Light</strong, with Gunnar Josefsson of the CALS Department of Biological Systems Engineering and Al Eissens of A.G.E. Equipment Company

Bunker Silage Storage Demonstration, with Brian Holmes, UW-Extension biological systems engineer

An update on the Marshfield Station Expansion Project, with Tom Drendel

Lighting Our Barn, with Pat Hoffman and Dennis Wolf, ag project supervisor at the Marshfield station

The program will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Snacks and beverages will be available at break. The Marshfield station is 2 miles east of U.S. Highway 13 (turn on 29th St.). For more information on Dairy Day, contact the station at (715) 387-2523. Dairy Day is sponsored by CALS and UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension.