Dairy producers can learn about topics ranging from forage production to economics to breeding at the June 20 Dairy Day, organized by University of Missouri (MU) Extension.

The event, which is aimed at conventional or grazing dairies of any size, will be held at the Missouri Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon, says Tony Rickard, MU Extension dairy specialist in Cassville.

One highlight will be a session on making baleage, by Rob Kallenbach, MU Extension forage specialist. Also called big-round-bale silage, baleage allows producers to package forage in just one day at high moisture contents.

Kallenbach will show attendees the difference between well-wrapped bales and ones prepared incorrectly.

Rickard will discuss ways to cut feed costs, which, at dairies, can make up about half of the cost to produce milk. Joe Horner, dairy economist with MU Commercial Agriculture Program, will discuss what profitable dairy farms are doing to stay profitable.

“Low prices and high costs have hammered dairy farms,” Horner says. “But trends point to increased profits.”

Producers can also learn about the synchronized artificial insemination research using the Southwest Research Center’s milking herd. Conception rates can be as high as 85%.

The free event is open to all producers. For details, contact Rickard at 417-847-3161 or rickardt@missouri.edu.