Monett Dairy Day to focus on milk marketing

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Speakers to discuss strategies, federal programs

Economics and strategies for success will provide topics for the 48th annual Monett Dairy Day, one of two agricultural conferences planned for Tuesday by the Monett Chamber of Commerce and the University of Missouri Extension Service.

Dairy Day will open the day-long session beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Monett National Guard Armory on Chapell Drive, just south of the railroad tracks.

"The over-arching theme in the planning meeting this year was milk marketing," said Reagan Bluel, Extension dairy specialist and program organizer. "Producers were eager to best understand the 'nitty gritty details' of the 2017-2018 local and global marketplace."

Bluel will be the first presenter, speaking on "Spring milk strategies for success." Dr. Scott Poock, state veterinarian for the Extension, will follow, discussing on vaccination programs impact reproduction.

A lunch will be offered as part of the program, which will be covered by the $5 charge for the conference.

After lunch, Scott Brown, ag economist with the University of Missouri, will speak on the ins and outs of the federal Milk Marketing Order.

A trade show of ag-related vendors will accompany both Dairy Day and the Beef Cattlemen's Conference, following at 3:30 p.m. Vendors interested in displaying exhibits and speaking to participants at both conferences may still secure booth space by calling the Monett Chamber, at 417-235-7919, by Friday.

Those who plan to attend Day Dairy are asked to pre-register to help with the meal planning by calling 417-847-3161.

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