2014 Maryland Dairy Convention Program Announced

All dairy farmers, supporters and industry people are invited to attend an exciting day program hosted by the Maryland Dairy Industry Association and evening event hosted by the Maryland Dairy Shrine.

The day program features dynamic speakers, Dairy of Distinction honors and the awarding of two Nexus 7 16GB (or similar) tablets as door prizes, one for adults and one for youth participating in the junior dairyman contest. The tablets are sponsored by Digital Age Solution of Frederick.

For dairy youth ages 8 to 21, a junior dairyman contest is planned, which could include but is not limited to, feedstuff identification, milking equipment identification, reproductive tract identification/ dissection, sire selection and DHIA sheet evaluation. The program will equip youth with practical knowledge and follow the same timeframe as the main daytime program. Following the contest, components will be reviewed for additional learning experience. Juniors are invited to the evening banquet for the awards presentations. All youth who participate receive an award.

Click here to download a registration form!

Room rates at the Holiday Inn are $99 per night, mention Maryland Dairy Convention. Group rates will be honored for attendees three days before group arrival and three days after group departure based on availability. Attendees should contact the hotel directly at 301-694-7500 for individual reservations.

Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available, and items are needed for the silent auction. For more information e-mail or call 301-349-0750.

2014 Maryland Dairy Convention Program Schedule

Maryland Dairy Industry Association
Meeting & Junior Dairyman Contest
"Working Smarter for More Profits"
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Holiday Inn and Conference Center at the FSK Mall
5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick, MD

8:30 a.m. Registration/Trade Show/Silent Auction/Continental Breakfast
9:20 a.m. Welcome and Overview of the Day
-Stanley Fultz, University of Maryland Extension, Frederick County
9:30 a.m. Are You Leaving Money on the Table?
-Michael Hutjens, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
10:20 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

-Session A: Bacterial Indicators of Milk Quality
Bhushan Jayarao, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, University Park
-Session B: Fine-Tuning the Transition for Higher Milk Production
Richard Doak, DVM, Mid-Maryland Dairy Veterinarians, Hagerstown
-Session C: The Expanding Role of Alternative Forages for the Dairy Herd
Greg Roth, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, University Park
11:05 a.m. Break/Trade Show/Silent Auction
11:35 a.m. Living and Working on the Family Farm - Rewards, Challenges and New Directions
-Dan Hess, The KonTerra Group, Washington, D.C.
12:20 p.m. Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association Update
12:30 p.m. MDIA Business Meeting, Elections and Scholarship Presentation
-Allen Stiles, MDIA President, Spring Valley Farm, Westminster, MD
12:45 p.m. Lunch/Trade Show/Silent Auction
1:30 p.m. Secure Milk Supply
-Guy Hohenhaus, DVM, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Annapolis
1:45 p.m. Managing the Feed Supply for More Milk and Profit
-Michael Hutjens, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
2:30 p.m. Dairy of Distinction Awards

Door Prizes - two Nexus 7 16GB tablets (or similar product)
-Sponsored by Digital Age Solutions, Frederick, MD
Mike Kuster, owner
3 p.m. Possible Tour/Activity, TBD
6:30 p.m. Social Time and Silent Auction
7 p.m. Maryland Dairy Shrine Dinner, Annual Meeting, Awards and Auction