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  • Dairy Food Processing Two-Day Short Courses

    Location:

    2100B S. Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Dairy Foods Complexhouses research and teaching laboratories as well as a small, state of the art process facility for milk and dairy foods. The faculty and staff of the Dairy Foods Complex are regularly involved as invited speakers or writers for educational programs and publications targeted to the consumer. Visitors to the observation deck of the complex may watch a self-guided multimedia presentation explaining the technology behind the processing of fluid milk, ice cream and cheese. The following two-day short courses are offered:

    • Pasteurizer Operators
    • Clean-in-Place (CIP)
  • Dairy Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Students have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experience on several cooperating dairy operations around MSU. Courses in dairy cattle health and evaluation are regularly conducted at Green Meadow Farms in Elsie, Michigan. Farms across Michigan are utilized in other courses. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn about dairy management and cutting edge research at the MSU Dairy Teaching and Research Center located south of campus in East Lansing.  Students interested in pasture based systems and robotic milking can become involved in teaching and research programs at the Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners.

    Description:

    The Dairy Program is designed to give students a basic foundation of knowledge and skills about dairy cows, the dairy industry, and dairy farming as a business which they can continue to build upon after graduation from the program. Courses are practical in nature and focus on the basic knowledge and skills needed to be successful on all types of dairy operations as an owner, herdsman, or dairy farm employee. Students are also employed by agricultural businesses that support dairy operations.  Students are exposed to a wide range of topics, ideas, and most importantly, dairy industry leaders, including producers, during their education. Visits to farms and meeting successful dairy producers and managers are an important part of the program. The Dairy Program exposes students to the many exciting opportunities that are available in the dairy industry. The program attempts to create enthusiasm and passion for the dairy industry in each student.

  • Dairy Price Risk Management Workshop (November 2017)

    Dates:

    November 29, 2017.  10:00 am - 2:30 pm

    Location:

    AgroLiquid 3055 M-21 St Johns, MI 48879

    Description:

    This program will allow producers to become more familiar and comfortable with using price risk management tools and developing pricing strategies for the future.

  • Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 8 - 10, 2018

     

    Location:

    Soaring Eagle Casino Resort and Conference Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference is dedicated to helping dairy producers learn new ways of increasing their profitability by doing more with less. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from dairy nutrition and reproduction to labor management and environmental stewardship. In addition to the quality line up of educational speakers, spouses will not want to miss the popular Partners Program, which promises a variety of entertaining and educational sessions. The Conference is the home base for the annual Dairy Industry Recognition Night where the industry’s leading producers, dairy scholarship winners and dairy judging team members are recognized and honored.

  • Making More Profit from the Parlor for Dairy Professionals (January 2018)

    Dates:

    Choose from the dates/locations listed above.  All programs run from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

    Location:

    • January 23: St. Johns (Agro-Liquid, 3055 M-21, St. Johns, MI)
    • January 24: Hillsdale (Hillsdale County MSU Extension, 20 Care Drive, Suite B, Hillsdale, MI)
    • February 13: West Olive (Ottawa County MSU Extension, 12220 Fillmore St., Suite 122, West Olive, MI)
    • February 14: Falmouth (Falmouth Community Center, 219 E Prosper Rd, Falmouth, MI)
    • February 20: Bad Axe (Franklin Inn, 1070 E. Huron Avenue, Bad Axe, MI) February 21          West Branch (Forward Conference Center, 2980 Cook Road, West Branch, MI)

    Description:

    Dairy farm owners and managers, and dairy industry professionals will learn about the latest research and strategies to improve parlor performance with employee education and animal behavior in mind. Topics include the impact of milking practices on bimodal and over milking, developing milking protocols, employee training, animal handling, parlor efficiency, holding pen design/management, mastitis identification, and milk culturing and how these impact profit.

  • Milk and Grain Marketing Series (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    December 12, 2017; March 13, 2018; June 12, 2018; September 11, 2018.

    Location:

    Isabella County Building, 200 N. Main St., 3rd Floor Room 320, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

    Description:

    Agriculture markets are more volatile than ever. For most farms, profits are largely determined by how well you market your production. Now more than ever your farm’s future success depends on your ability to understand the  markets and use the basic marketing tools.  Fred Hinkley, retired MSU Extension Educator and Marketing Specialist will provide insight and outlook on the milk and grain markets, and suggest strategies to minimize financial risk.

  • MSU Training Center for Dairy Professionals

    Location:

    Green Meadow Farms, 6400 Hollister Rd, Elsie, MI, 48831.

    Description:

    The MSU Training Center for Dairy Professionals provides specialized training, facilities, and demonstration materials for veterinary students, veterinarians, and other professionals working in the dairy industry, as well as an infrastructure for clinical research in the health management of dairy cows. The Center, located at Green Meadow Farms in Elsie, Michigan, makes use of the Farm's large dairy herd, modern facilities, and progressive management techniques, as well as the College's faculty and facilities to provide a cutting-edge, mutidisciplinary approach to dairy management.

  • Pasture Dairy Tours

    Location:

    Kellogg Biological Station Dairy Center, 10461 N. 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060.

    Description:

    Guided tours are available for agricultural professionals, farmers, and educators. Tours are 45 to 60 minutes long and are tailored to the group’s interests. Tours need to be scheduled at least one month prior to the desired tour date.

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