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Series highlights turning milk into moola

UW-Extension invites dairy farmers of any size to attend the upcoming Farming for Profit Dairy Series. There will be five sessions held 1-3:30 p.m. consecutive Monday afternoons at the Spooner Ag Research Station, Ashland Courthouse and Superior Courthouse Room 207C, in addition to sites in Marinette County and Ladysmith. Presentations are done by webinar, but some speakers may be at the sites.

The schedule and topics are as follows:

Feb. 2: Calf Management calf care, raising, housing and health presented by Sarah Mills-Lloyd, Oconto

County agriculture agent.

Feb. 9: Genetics, genomics, sexed-semen, trait selection presented by Dr. Kent Weigel, UW-Madison dairy scientist.

Feb. 16: Modernization, new buildings, retro-fitting old facilities, parlors presented by Dr. David Kammel, UW-Madison agricultural engineer.

Feb 23: Heifer raising, production issues, costs, custom vs. home-raised presented by Mark Hagedorn, Eau Claire County agricultural agent.

March 2: Farm Succession, transition to the next generation, out of farming, crops or beef presented by Joy Kirkpatrick, UW Center for Dairy Profitability

For more information or to register in Douglas County, contact Jane Anklam at 715-395-1515, or in Spooner, contact Otto Wiegand or Kevin Schoessow at 715-635-3506. Contact Matt Cogger or Jason Fischbach at 715-373-6104 in Ashland.

The cost is $40 for the series or $10 per session. Register by Jan. 29.