EMOO! Central Plains Dairy Expo is Tuesday-Thursday

Central Plains Dairy Expo begins Tuesday in Sioux Falls  with Welcome Reception and the Clint Black concert. Don’t miss it!
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Central Pains Dairy Expo is this week – it’s gonna be great!
Country western star Clint Black kicks off the Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls Clint Blackwith a concert on Tuesday evening, March 28. It’s free to everyone in the dairy industry. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. And that’s just the beginning of a great event. The trade show is Wednesday and Thursday. More than 300 companies are exhibiting. There’s an inspiring Ag Prayer Breakfast, 21 educational sessions (four presented in Spanish), and much more. Check it out atwww.centralplainsdairyexpo.com. Not signed up for tickets yet? No problem. Register at the door..Free, free, free
Most everything is free at the Central Plains Dairy Expo. Parking is free. Admission is free. Tickets to the Clint Black concert are free if you own, operate or work on a dairy, calf or heifer ranch, dairy-beef feedlot or a farm that produces feed for dairies.

Top 10 reasons to attend the Central Plains Dairy Expo
10) It’s an all-dairy show. No fluff.
9) Nearly everyone in the Central Plains dairy industry will be there.
8) You can get a lot of business done.
7) You can catch up with friends and colleagues.
6) The show is just the right size – big enough, but not so big that you can’t see everything in two days.
5) Sioux Falls is easy to get to and get around in.
4) You can learn a thing or two that might help you make a buck or two. There are about 30 seminars, news conferences, luncheon speakers, workshops and meetings going on during the Central Plains Dairy Expo.
3) You can bring your kids. it’s a family-friendly show.
2) You be able to eat all your favorite treats — grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream cones, milk shakes and all different kinds of milk. And did we say there will be lots of cheese?. And beer? And wine? And it’s free!
1) It is a perfect time of year to get away from the farm or office for a day or two.

First robotic dairy in Nebraska
Demerath Dairy is the first dairy in Nebraska to install a robotic milking system.  “I’ve been working with Norfolk Dairy Systems, and we’ve kind of been through five years of this to get to this point,” said Bill Demerath, of Plainview. “We wanted to increase the herd without increasing labor. We needed a new barn. Our other free-stall barn was 40-plus years old. So we decided to go with this.” Read more.When bad things happen to cows
“Nature is cruel. We don’t have to be,” says Temple Grandin, an expert in large animal handling and welfare. Keep her words in mind when cows are severely injured and or get sick beyond the point of recovery, says Jim Bennett, DVM.  Read his advice on handling these situations.

Zero pneumonia in new S.D. calf nursery
Shannon Houselog, general manager at Global Dairy, Estelline, S.D., is very pleased with their new 400-head calf nursery. Over the past year, there have been minimal death losses and zero cases of pneumonia in the new facility. “We believe that this building is the first of its kind and that there is nothing else quite like it,” she says. Read more in Dairy Star.com.

DFA recognizes Central Plains dairy
Dairy Farmers of America has named Haverkamp Dairy, Seneca, Kan., as one of its 2017 Members of Distinction. Brian and his wife, Kristina, have grown their dairy from 200 to 550 cows since 2002. They added a new freestall barn and renovated the milking parlor and flushing system.. Along with their daughter and her husband, the Haverkamps are planning another expansion. See all the honorees.

Win a new Bonnie Mohr painting at the Central Plains Dairy Expo
Birth of an industryThe Central Plains Dairy Foundation is raffling off two Bonnie Mohr paintings at the Central Plains Dairy Expo. One is of a Holstein cow and calf, titled “Birth of an Industry.”  The other is ofShe's got the lookJersey cows, “titled “She’s Got The Look.”  First place gets their choice. The drawing will be at the close of the Central Plains Dairy Expo. Money raised will go to a dairy scholarship and youth activity endowment fund. Tickets are $5 each or 10 for $20.

2017 Central Plains Dairy Expo

Tuesday, March 28 — Welcome Reception and Concert
Wednesday, March 29 — Trade Show and Seminars
Thursday, March 30 — Trade Show and Seminars
Sanford Premier Center Complex, Sioux Falls, SD
See http://www.centralplainsdairy.com/HomeExpo.htm

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