2019 Maryland Dairy Convention

This year’s Maryland Holstein state awards banquet will be combined with the Maryland Dairy Shrine banquet on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Clarion Inn, Frederick. A live and silent auction benefitting Holstein juniors and 4-H dairy judging team travel to Europe will be held, and members are encouraged to bring items. ALL proceeds go directly to dairy youth. A dairy convention schedule and ticket order form for both the day educational program and evening banquet, which includes Holstein awards, is included in this newsletter, or any current dairy convention form can be used. Tickets can also be purchased via Eventbrite by searching for Maryland Dairy Convention.

Register for the 2019 MD Dairy Convention. Mail in the 2019MD-Dairy-Convention-form with a check made to MD Dairy Industry Association to 23301 Mount Ephraim Road, Dickerson, MD 20842. Please return no later than Thursday, Feb. 14.

February 22, 2019
Clarion Inn Event Center, 5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick, MD

Theme: Opportunities for Staying Viable in the 21st Century

8:30-9:20 a.m.              Registration/Trade Show/Silent Auction/Dairy Treats

9:20-9:30 a.m.              Welcome and Overview of the Day

Dr. Bob Peters, University of Maryland Department of Animal and Avian Sciences

9:30-10:15 a.m.            Dairy Market Outlook and Policy Update

Peter Vitaliano, NMPF, Arlington, Va.

10:20-11 a.m.               Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session A: Earning More Milk Quality Premiums

Amber Yutzy, Penn State Extension, Huntingdon, Pa.

Session B: Utilizing Cover Crops as a Forage Source for Milk Production and Profitability                                              Clay Zimmerman, Balchem Corporation

Session C: Optimizing Heifer Management Using Genomics, Sexed/Beef Semen, Culling

Albert DeVries, University of Florida, Gainesville

11-11:35 a.m.               Break/Visit Trade Show/Silent Auction

11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  MDIA Business Meeting, President Diane Flickinger, Flickstead Farm, Union Bridge

Scholarship Presentations, Robert Ramsburg

Dairy of Distinction, Leslie Hart

12:15-1:15 p.m.            Lunch/Visit Trade Show/Silent Auction

1:15-1:55 p.m.             Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Repeat Morning Sessions)

2-2:15 p.m.                  Your Checkoff Dollars at Work

Cindy Weimer, American Dairy Association Northeast

2:15-3 p.m.                  High Priority Practices to Improve Profitability

Albert DeVries, University of Florida, Gainesville

3 p.m.                          Adjourn

3:15-4:30 p.m.             Telling Your Story

Cindy Weimer, American Dairy Association Northeast

6:30 p.m.                     Reception

7 p.m.                          Maryland Dairy Shrine and Maryland Holstein Awards Banquet

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