"Culling Challenges" is the theme for University of Illinois Extension's 2004 Dairy Days, to be offered at 10 locations throughout the state in January.

"The dairy business continues to face challenging times," says Mike Hutjens, U of I Extension dairy specialist. "This program is designed to help producers make the most of their resources and remain a productive part of the dairy industry. Each meeting will feature advice from specialists on health, management, economics and feed strategies."

Joining Hutjens as presenters will be: U of I Extension’s Dick Wallace, dairy veterinarian; Geoff Dahl, dairy specialist; and Dave Fischer, dairy education, based in Edwardsville.

Those interested in attending should contact their local extension offices. The $5 registration fee covers the cost of each farm unit represented. All programs begin at 9:45 a.m., with the exception of the Jerseyville stop, which is set for 7:30 p.m.

Dates and locations are:

Jan. 7 – Effingham, Knights of Columbus Hall

Jan. 8 – Eureka, Eureka College, Cerf Center

Jan. 9 – Arthur, Yoder's Country Kitchen

Jan. 13 – Quincy, Adams County Farm Bureau Building

Jan. 13 – Jerseyville, Super 8 Motel (7:30 p.m.)

Jan. 14 – Okawville, Community Club Building

Jan. 15 – Breese, American Legion

Jan. 20 – Freeport, Highland Community College

Jan. 21 – Elizabeth, Community Center

Jan. 22 – Harvard, Stratford Inn

The series of one-day meetings is also sponsored by the U of I College of Veterinary Medicine, the U of I Department of Animal Sciences, and the Illinois Department of Public Health, Alternative Drug Residue Penalty Fund.