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NMSU's short course highlights issues facing Southwest dairy industry

AMARILLO, TEXAS - For professionals who want to learn more about issues that are impacting the dairy industry, a three-day course is being offered that will provide a knowledge foundation for those serving in the industry.

The Dairy Industry Short Course is Oct. 12-14 and is open to extension personnel and anyone who wants to learn how the dairy industry works in the Southwest. (NMSU photo)

The Dairy Industry Short Course is Oct. 12-14 at the Ambassador Hotel in Amarillo, Texas, and is designed for extension agents and allied industry representatives. The course is a collaboration between the New Mexico State University Dairy Extension Program and Texas AgriLife Extension as part of the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium - Teaching.

"This short course is specifically designed for individuals who are either new to the industry or wish to learn more about how large dairies operate in the Southwest," said Robert Hagevoort,

The dairy consortium is a Cooperative Extension Service program composed of specialists working to ensure long-term sustainability of the dairy industry in New Mexico. This is the second year the consortium has held classes for extension personnel and industry representatives.

Specific presentations will include: calving and transition cow management; calf and heifer raising; lactating herd management (nutrition, reproduction, health and lactation); environmental issues such as air, water and nutrient management; economic impact; and labor management.

Each day's program will include formal classroom instruction as well as on-farm tours and training so participants can see firsthand different management systems, facility types and milking parlors.

Speakers during the three-day event include Hagevoort; Todd Bilby, who has Extension and research appointments with Texas AgriLife; Ralph Bruno, an Extension associate and dairy specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension; Ellen Jordan, a dairy specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension; and Kevin Lager, an Extension associate with Texas AgriLife Extension.

The cost of the program is $500 per person and includes the three days of classes, tours on all three days, breakfast and lunch. There is no charge for extension personnel. Events start at 8 a.m. each day and end at 5 p.m. The course is limited to 20 people.

Reservations can be made at the Ambassador Hotel on 3100 W. I-40. Participants must identify themselves as an attendee of the Large Herd Dairy Training. The deadline to reserve a room for $85 plus tax and fees is Sept. 27.

Hagevoort said attendees should schedule their flights to and from the short course through the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. The hotel will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.

For additional information and to obtain a copy of the registration form, contact Hagevoort or Molly Smith at 575-985-2292. Smith can also be reached at smithmo@nmsu.edu and Hagevoort can be reached at dairydoc@ad.nmsu.edu.