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SAVE THE DATE FOR:
NODPA’s 9th Annual Field Days And Producer Meeting
Thursday August 13 at Noon to Friday August 14th at 5:00 pm
Spring Wood Organic Farm, Kinzers, Pennsylvania

Practical Tools for Efficient Organic Dairy Farming
in these Tough Economic Times


The extended Stoltzfoos family, ready to host a great Field Days.

TO REGISTER:

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Days Schedule:

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Added July 1, 2009. This year’s Field Days, which will be held at Roman Stoltzfoos’ Spring Wood Organic Farm, promises to be full of learning opportunities, networking time and planning for the future, with plenty of hand-on, practical strategies to increase the profitability of your operation.

Kicking things off on Thursday afternoon, Roman and Dwight Stoltzfoos will lead a panel discussion on the benefits of hedgerows followed by a pasture walk that will incorporate information stations to focus on plant identification, fence line and water systems, pasture management and forage quality. (See a related new article on biodiversity by Jerry Brunetti.) Experts will be available to discuss the relevant topics and there will be grass demonstration plots courtesy of King’s Agri-Seed—if the weather cooperates!

There will be plenty of time for catching up with your fellow producers, supporters, resource people and friends during the evening social hour and trade show with a delicious home cooked Chicken Barbeque dinner right before NODPA’s Annual Meeting which is open to everyone. In this year of dramatic changes for organic dairy, the producer only meeting will start at around 8:00pm and it will be a great opportunity to air your frustrations and problems, without worrying about how it will affect your contract, quota or pay-price.

Friday’s early workshops will include a discussion on economically balancing rations and affordable ways to keep your herd healthy. (See Hue Karreman's article on Lameness in Organic Dairy Cattle.)

Our keynote speaker, James Landis, will lead the final two workshops. Mr. Landis, along with his son and two sons-in-law are currently milking 1200 cows on 4 different farms in Georgia. Mr. Landis will set the stage by looking at the beliefs that drive us, and then focus on counting the cost to product 100 pounds of milk. James hascreated a cost/cwt spreadsheet program that he uses to help farmers analyze the profitability of their own dairy farms.

After a hearty lunch, James will focus on the heart of the dairy: swift, simple, pleasant milking; mob handling, controlling feed costs; raising heifers on pasture and last, but not least, turning youngsters into adults in farming. Roman and Dwight Stoltzfoos have worked closely with James Landis and will join him in leading a tour of their dairy to bring Mr. Landis’ strategies to life. See James Landis article on Counting Your Farm Costs for a preview.