Illinois Milk Producers to Host Dairy Tech Showcase

US - The Illinois Milk Producers' Association (IMPA) is sponsoring a Dairy Tech Showcase. The conference, held 31 July, will be hosted by dairy consultant and former University of Illinois Extension Educator Dave Fischer and will highlight dairy technology at two Southern Illinois dairy farms.
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Attendees will first visit Meyer VMS Dairy, owned by Paul and Lisa Meyer. Located at 18718 Ellwood Road, Breese, Ill., the farm is one mile north and east of St. Rose in Clinton County. The Meyer Dairy recently incorporated a DeLaval robotic milking system in their herd, as well as an automated calf feeding system and long-day, short-night lighting.

Also included in the tour is Elm Farms Dairy, owned by Norb, Hadley, Larry, and Wayne and Michelle Hasheider. Elm Farms Dairy features a high-type registered Holstein herd, a Lely robotic milking system and a manure flush system with sand bedding reclamation. The farm is located at 15542 Bottom Road, Okawville, Ill., which is approximately one mile west of town on Route 177, and north on Bottom Road.

Each farm stop will include an organized tour, discussion and question and answer sessions, led by Mr Fischer.

The tour of Meyer VMS Dairy begins at 10:30 a.m. and continues through noon. The tour of Elm Farms Dairy begins at 1:30 p.m. and continues through 3 p.m. Travel time between farms is approximately 45 minutes and attendees are responsible for their own lunch arrangements. There is no need to register for the event, and participants may attend either one or both of the host farm operations.

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