2015 Maryland Dairy Convention Program Announced

"Positioning Your Dairy for the Future" is the theme of the Maryland Dairy Convention set for Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center at the FSK Mall in Frederick. All dairy farmers, supporters and industry people from all over 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 event begins with registration and trade show at 8:30 a.m. and program at 9:20 a.m. The meeting features Gary Sipiorski of Vita Plus, Madison, Wis., discussing “What to do with 2014's Dairy Profits?" and "Looking Ahead - Be Ready if Milk Prices Decline." Two breakout sessions feature multiple topics presented for a more in-depth look at today's dairy operation. Topics include milk quality, dairy advocacy, farm transition, cow comfort, Farm Bill dairy programs and best management practices.

For dairy youth ages 8 to 21, a free concurrent 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. 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.

During the day program, MDIA will award Dairies of Distinction and scholarships. The Maryland Dairy Shrine will host the evening banquet, starting at 6:30 p.m. with social time and silent auction. Shining stars of the industry will be inducted into the shrine, while outstanding students will be awarded scholarships.

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 by Thursday, Jan. 29, at 301-694-7500 and ask for in-house reservations.

For more information on the convention, call 301-349-0750, e-mail or visit Attendees requesting vegetarian meals should call ahead.

2015 Maryland Dairy Convention Program Schedule

Maryland Dairy Industry Association and Maryland Dairy Shrine Joint
Meeting & Junior Dairyman Contest
"Positioning Your Dairy For the Future"
Saturday, February 28, 2015
FSK Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Frederick, Maryland

8:30 - 9:20 a.m. Registration/Trade Show/Silent Auction/Dairy Treats
9:20 a.m. Junior Dairyman Contest
9:20 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Overview of the Day
Stanley Fultz, Dairy Agent, University of Maryland Extension
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. What to do with 2014's Dairy Profits?
Gary Sipiorski, Vita Plus, Madison, WI
10:20 - 11:05 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
-Session A: Trouble Shooting Mastitis and Milk Quality Problems
Roger Thomson, DVM, MQ-IQ, Battle Creek, MI
-Session B: Dairy Advocacy Using Social Media
Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, Philadelphia, PA
-Session C: Mistakes that Impede a Farm Transition to the Next Generation
Paul Goeringer, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
11:05 - 11:35 a.m. Break/Visit Trade Show/Silent Auction Bidding
11:35 -11:45 a.m. Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association Update
11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. MDIA Business Meeting, Election of Directors and Scholarship Presentation
President, Allen Stiles, Spring Valley Farm, Westminster, MD
12 - 12:15 p.m. Urgent and New Issues
Animal ID

Matthew E. Iager, DVM, Mid-Maryland Dairy Veterinarians, Hagerstown, MD
12:15 - 1:15p.m. Lunch/Visit Trade Show/Silent Auction Bidding
1:15 - 2 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
-Session A: Improving Existing Dairy Housing for Better Cow Comfort and Production
John Tyson, Pennsylvania State Extension, Lewistown, PA
-Session B: New Dairy Farm Bill – Margin Protection Program
John Newton, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
-Session C: Roundtable on Funding Resources for New Environmental BMPs
Dwight Dotterer, Nutrient Management Program, MDA, Annapolis, MD
2 - 2:30 p.m. Looking Ahead – Be Ready If Milk Prices Decline
Gary Sipiorski, Vita Plus, Madison, WI
2:30 - 3 p.m. Awards
Dairy of Distinction
6:30 p.m. Reception
7 - 9:30 p.m. Maryland Dairy Shrine Dinner, Annual Meeting and Awards Program
Milk toast, awards, youth awards, scholarships, auction