The annual dairy nutrition conferences hosted by the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance (NEAFA) and co-hosted by UConn, the University of Maine, and the Maine Dairy Industry Association, were held March 20th and 21st. Dr. Tom Oelberg presented at both conferences, focusing on practical advice to assure a total mixed ration provides a balanced ration to cows, every bite, all the time. “Farmers were able to get good practical advice that can be applied immediately on the farm” stated Andy Dugan, General Manager of Gold Star Feed and Grain and exiting NEAFA president. “I believe NEAFA fulfilled its educational mission through hosting these two conferences.”
Other conference speakers included Dr. Leslie Forstadt (ME), who talked about dealing with on farm stress, Dr. Mike Van Amburgh (CT), who focused on Nutrition Models to Evaluate Environmental Issues, and Agri Mark’s Bob Wellington and Farm Credit East’s Chris Laughton (CT), who tag teamed on the economic and policy issues impacting the dairy industry.
The Maine conference is held in conjunction with the Maine dairy Industry Association’s annual meeting and the event drew about 100 people. The Connecticut event was slightly smaller at 50 people, but still an enthusiastic crowd.
NEAFA would again like to thank all of the agribusiness sponsors who made both events possible. With your help, we can continue to educate the dairy industry on the latest improvements and best practices for the industry to grow.