Once again there are four locations for the New England Dairy Conferences scheduled in March 2013. Cooperative Extension in New England and the Dairy Practices Committee are working jointly to organize these conferences. Each location will have its own local program and trade show, along with a featured speaker. This year's featured speaker will be Dr. William Weiss, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, a professor of dairy cattle nutrition in the Department of Animal Sciences at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.
Weiss' current research program has three areas. One area includes factors affecting manure and nutrient excretion (especially N) by dairy cows. A second area examines relationships between minerals and vitamins and health of dairy cows, and the third area evaluates the effect of diet variability on productivity of dairy cows and profitability of dairy farms.
Weiss holds degrees from Purdue and Ohio State and has been on the faculty at Ohio State University since 1989. He has authored or co-authored over 400 publications and has been invited to speak at more than 200 national/international conferences. Weiss has won several awards during his career, including the Applied Dairy Nutrition Award, the Pioneer Forage Research Award, and the American Feed Industry Association's Dairy Nutrition Research Award from the American Dairy Science Association. He has also received the Distinguished Research Award for Senior Scientists from the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. In addition, Weiss is currently a diplomat with the American College of Animal Nutrition as a part of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.
Weiss will focus on feeding the dairy herd in today's economy. Questions regarding reducing corn in the dairy diet without losing milk production, corn substitutes and byproducts, selecting low-cost ingredients, the economic and nutritional factors to consider when grouping your herd and their effect on farm profitability will be answered.
The conference will be held in four different locations. These dates and locations include:
Monday, March 11: UConn, Storrs, Conn. - Bishop Center for Continuing Education
Tuesday, March 12: Waterville, Maine - The Elks Club
Wednesday, March 13: Whitefield, N.H. - Mountain View Grand Resort
Thursday, March 14: Concord, N.H. - Holiday Inn
For more information, contact extension specialist Michal Lunak at 603-787-6944.