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March 7 Dairy Day gives dairy farmers chance for education, fellowship

Stephen Huba
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Cows are seen during the first stop of the Veteran Farm Tour at Frye’s Pleasant Lane Farms, Unity, in October 2018. Two of the Fryes, a father and son, have served in the military, and the family works together to raise dairy cows and honey bees.

Area dairy farmers looking for help in a difficult time for the dairy industry will find it at the annual Southwest Pennsylvania Regional Dairy Day on March 7.

The annual event, scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 7 at the Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Conference Center, Blairsville, will feature guest speakers, a panel discusion, a trade show and opportunities for continuing education.

Although the conference is free for dairy producers, preregistration is requested by Feb. 28. Tickets will be distributed by local agribusinesses or are available by calling the PennState Extension office in Indiana County at 724-465-3880.

“This has become a popular event in Southwest Pennsylvania, with producers using the opportunity to learn more about topics that will help them make important decisions for future success,” said Andrew Sandeen, PennState Extension educator.

Featured speakers will be Dr. Robert James, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, who will address “Goals for Calf Management: Develop the Calf or Develop the Rumen? What is the Priority?” and Marilyn Hershey, Chester County dairy producer and chair of Dairy Management Inc., which oversees the dairy checkoff program. Hershey will address “Marketing: What People and Processors Want.”

There will be a panel discussion on “Managing the Numbers with Heifers.”

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter @shuba_trib.