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Wisconsin dairy field representatives conference Feb. 10-11 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Madison

The 2004 Wisconsin Dairy Field Representatives Conference will be held Feb. 10-11 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Madison, Wis.

Tuesday morning”s program is Future Directions and Outlook for the Dairy Industry. The morning features a talk on animal welfare issues and updates on the CWT supply reduction program and Wisconsin”s Milk Money program.

The afternoon program includes topics such as managing the milking process, on-farm bacterial culturing, growth of organic dairy foods, dairy calcium in human nutrition, and sustainability of over-order premiums. The afternoon will conclude with business and social meetings.

Wednesday morning”s theme is Regulatory Updates and Issues. Talks include management strategies and Upper Midwest milk supply issues, followed by updates from the Wisconsin Departments of Health and Family Services and Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Speakers include university researchers and professionals from industry, dairy organizations and state government.

Registration is $85 in advance or $95 the day of the program. The fee includes Tuesday lunch and Wednesday breakfast. Please register by Jan. 31 to guarantee registration and meal counts. For registration information, contact CALS Outreach Services at (608) 263-1672. For more program information, contact conference co-chair Bill Wendorff at (608) 263-2015, Scott Rankin (608) 263-2008, co-chair Pamela Ruegg (608) 263-3495, or Mary Thompson (608) 262-2217.

The conference is sponsored by the UW-Madison Departments of Dairy Science and Food Science and the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research; UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension; and the Wisconsin Association of Dairy Plant Field Representatives.