Heart of America Dairy Expo Program Set

| January 7, 2014
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The program for the Heart of America Dairy Expo, presented by Hiland Dairy Foods, is now set for January 23-25, 2014 at the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, Missouri.  The Expo is a regional dairy meeting open to all dairy farmers and allied industry.

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“We have an outstanding line up of nationally known speakers on dairy coming to our second annual Heart of America Dairy Expo.  Kicking off our program on Thursday evening, January 23, at our Early Bird Seminar is National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) CEO Jim Mulhern,” says Expo Chairman and dairy farmer Larry Purdom of Purdy, MO.  “Jim will address current Farm Bill discussions on dairy policy and the ongoing 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

“Friday’s program starts at 9:30 a.m. with “Trouble shooting Mycotoxin and Production Problems at the Farm Level” with Randy Asher of Animal Science Consulting sponsored by Alltech.  Following him will be Dr. Dan Tracy, DVM MS, Technical Services Veterinarian, Multimin USA, on “Trace Mineral’s Role in Successful Dairy Production”.

“Friday’s Pork Chop Luncheon, sponsored by Hiland Dairy Foods, Missouri Agribusiness Association,  Missouri Pork Association and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, will feature guest speaker Dr. Adam Lock of Michigan State University with his presentation on “Milk and Dairy Products in a Healthy Diet: Myth and Reality” sponsored by Central Life Sciences,” says Purdom.

“After lunch, Dr. Jim Quigley, Technical and Research Manager, Calf & Heifer, Provimi North America, will cover “Formulating Diets for a Moving Target-The Developing Rumen”, sponsored by Cargill Animal Nutrition and Vigortone.

“The Expo program also includes the annual meetings of the Missouri Dairy Association, Missouri Dairy Growth Council, Missouri Holstein Association, Missouri Brown Swiss Association, Missouri Guernsey Breeders Association, Missouri Jersey Cattle Club, Midwest Milking Shorthorn and the Missouri Ayrshire Association,” says Purdom.

“Last year we drew 400 attendees from 10 states.  We have the largest dairy trade show south of Madison and Sioux Falls,” says Dave Drennan, Expo Sales Manager.

“Registration is free for dairy farmers and their families with a nominal registration fee for allied industry representatives.  All dairy farmers and allied industry, regardless of state, are invited to attend.

“The Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center offers a convention hall which will house over 50 dairy exhibits and equipment inside.  The Ramada is conveniently located on the north side of Springfield at Glenstone and Interstate 44,” says Drennan.

“We also don’t want travelers to forget that Branson is only 45 miles away from Springfield so we hope they plan a trip and enjoy all Missouri has to offer,” concludes Drennan.

Meal reservations are requested and may be made by viewing www.heartofamericadairy.org for more details and the complete Expo schedule.

Sleeping room reservations may be made by calling the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center directly at 417/866-5253 or 888/532-4338 and ask for the Heart of America Dairy Expo room block.

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