Midwest Dairy School to focus on robotic milking

Dairy producers interested in utilized robotic milking systems on their farm are encouraged to attend this year’s Midwest Dairy School on Maximizing Robotic Milking Systems.
This year the Midwest Dairy School will provide you with more in-depth information on robotic milking systems specifically with research and nutrition.   
This program, set for November 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., is open to dairy producers, students, lenders and industry persons. ISU Extension and Outreach, the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation and Northeast Iowa Community College are hosts for the annual event.
Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota Associate Professor and Extension Dairy Scientist, will share her findings from her research study on 52 dairy farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin that use robotic milking systems.  Participants will then have an opportunity to take part in a Q and A while visiting an active robotic milking system at Iowa’s Robotic Dairy Center.
After lunch the program will continue with nutrition information from Jim Salfer, Dairy Extension Educator from University of Minnesota Extension. The day will conclude with a panel of dairy producers utilizing robotic milking systems along with area nutritionists feeding robotic herds.
This program is free of charge, supported by local businesses. Register by calling NICC 800-728-2256, ext. 399 or register online at www.nicc.edu/solutions by Thursday, November 6.
 For more information about the Midwest Dairy School for Maximizing Robotic Milking Systems, contact Kyra Bellrichard at NICC 563-562-3263, ext. 380, Megan Kregel 563-534-9957, ext. 107 or Jennifer Bentley at ISU Extension and Outreach.