The University of Minnesota Extension Service and Minnesota Dairy Initiative will be sponsoring the Southcentral Winter Dairy Series on a variety of timely topics. The discussions are free and you must be registered by noon on the day of the presentation. If you cannot watch live all the sessions will be recorded and emailed to those that registered for the program so it can be watched when you have time. You can register at: If you have questions check with your local University of Minnesota Extension office.

The topic coming up Friday January 22, 2021 will be Am I Ready for Robotic Milkers?  You can learn from dairy farmers Ashley Swenson and Jim Dieball about why they installed robotic milkers and the keys to making them successful. Then on Friday February 12, 2021 the title will be Bessy's Bottom Line: How much is that cow actually making you? Joleen Hadrich will talk about feed costs per cow plus the opportunity cost of labor and management and tracking profit including government payments.

Holding programs like this virtually on Zoom sure is convenient. There is no travel time and you do not have to get cleaned up and change clothes to attend. However, I know sometimes social interactions over lunch and breaks with other farmers is important too. By the way that is a robotic milker in the picture!

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