Agriculture Notes

AGRICULTURE NOTES

December 14, 2003

State dairy group to meet Tuesday in Westminster

The Maryland Dairy Industry Association will hold its 2003 meeting Tuesday at Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster.

Topics will include economics and production of quality milk, herd health techniques and meeting new environmental requirements.

Resource panels for workshops will include officials from Rutgers University, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic, McLanahan Corp., and area dairy producers.

Information on programs to control Johne's disease, improving dairy quality and herd-management practices and lessons learned from a pilot program on dairy quality management will be featured.

The meeting will be 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A registration fee will include the cost of lunch.

Information: 410-386-2760.

Series of meetings offered to target Johne's disease

The University of Maryland Cooperative Extension will sponsor statewide meetings in January for dairy farmers on "Targeting Johne's: Stopping Johne's Disease from Robbing Your Profits."

Johne's disease affects dairy and beef cattle and can cost a farmer up to $227 per cow in affected herds. The meetings will provide information to farmers and veterinarians on detecting and preventing Johne's disease.

The keynote speaker for the meetings will be Mike Collins from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an expert in Johne's disease. He will discuss diagnosis and control.

Other speakers will include Susan Williamson of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who will discuss Maryland's program for Johne's disease; and Robert Peters from the University of Maryland, who will discuss dairy quality and team management.

Meetings will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and are free, but registration is required by Dec. 29. Sites include:

Jan. 6: Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, Thurmont, Frederick County. Registration: 301- 631-3576.

Jan. 7: Carroll County Agriculture Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster. Registration: 410- 486-2760.

Jan. 9: Maugansville Ruritan Building, Washington County. Registration: 301-791- 1304.

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