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Dairy conference offers farmers keys to success

TYLERTOWN — An upcoming dairy conference will help Mississippi and Louisiana dairy farmers as they face more profit challenges in 2016.

The 26th annual Mississippi-Louisiana Dairy Management Conference will be Jan. 14 at the Southwest Events Center in Walthall County. The event begins with registration and exhibits at 8:30 a.m. Educational presentations begin at 9:15 a.m. and conclude with a sponsored lunch. The conference is free for dairy producers and managers, their family members and employees, and others with an interest in staying abreast of dairy farming issues.

Lamar Adams, Pike County agriculture agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said speakers will be agricultural economists and dairy experts from MSU and Louisiana State University.

“Topics include assessing milk quality and udder health issues, domestic and global dairy policy and market issues, and tools for successful reproductive management in dairy herds,” he said. “Agricultural economists have predicted an almost 40 percent decline in Mississippi’s dairy industry value in 2015, so we know producers need to be well informed to hold onto their profit margins in 2016.”

In addition to the educational program, commercial exhibitors will be on hand to answer questions and reveal some of the latest tools for dairy production.

The Southwest Events Center is located at 29 Highway 48 East in Tylertown. For more information, contact Adams at 601-783-5321 or Charles Hutchison, LSU AgCenter Extension dairy specialist, at 225-578-2410.

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