UW-Extension offering Cow College

The 56th annual University of Wisconsin-Extension Cow College program three-part series starts Jan. 9 in Clintonville.

The first session on Jan. 9 from 1-3 p.m. features Dr. Kent Weigel and Dr. Victor Cabrera, both UW-Extension specialists from the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison. Weigel will discuss what has been learned about using DNA analysis as a tool to improve health and productivity of commercial dairy herds. Cabrera will then discuss the economics of cross-breeding low producing dairy cows and heifers with less genetic potential to beef bulls with superior carcass traits as an option for increasing dairy farm income.

The second session on Jan. 16 also begins at 1 p.m. featuring Dr. Randy Shaver and Dr. John Goeser, both with the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison. They will review lab results from the 2017 forage and grain harvest with feeding strategies for dairy producers to consider in the coming months.

Both sessions are at Fox Valley Technical College on U.S. Highway 45 in Clintonville.

The final session will feature a dairy farm tour on Jan. 23. The first stop at 10 a.m. is at Wagner Farms, N6928 County Road BB north of Cecil, followed by Green Valley Dairy calf facility, W3171 Lodge Rd, Cecil.

Following the tour, lunch will be provided at the Cecil Village Hall, 111 E. Hofman St. After lunch, Matt Akins, UW-Extension dairy specialist at the Marshfield Ag Research Station will share an update on the cost of raising heifers in Wisconsin from data collected by Extension agents in 2017.

Visit the Waupaca County UW-Extension office website, http://waupaca.uwex.edu, for the program agenda and registration information.

All dairy producers and industry professionals are welcome to attend. Cost is $5 per session, or $10 for all three sessions (including the tour). Advance registration is required by contacting Jamie Patton at 715-526-6136 or jamie.patton@ces.uwex.edu.