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Reprinted from Monett Times.

Dairy economic outlook, new regulations to be discussed

dairy cows grazingEconomics of the dairy business, using veterinary strategies and more details about the new feed directive for dairy operations provide the main topics for the 47th annual Monett Dairy Day conference, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Monett National Guard Armory.

Dairy Day is a joint undertaking of the Monett Chamber of Commerce and the University of Missouri Extension.

Dr. Katy Proudfoot, Extension specialist in animal welfare and behavior from Ohio State University, will open the conference at 10 a.m. She will speak on "How to Improve Your Bottomline Without Costing a Dime," focusing on how emphasizing animal welfare will help a cow's performance.

Dr. Scott Poock, Extension specialist in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri in Columbia, will speak on improving animal reproduction by focusing on strategies with proven local success.

Dr. Scott Brown, commercial ag economist with the University of Missouri and a frequent speaker at Monett conferences, will provide an overview on what to expect in 2016.

A panel of bankers will speak on how dairy producers can secure loans. Representatives will speak from Arvest Bank, Community National Bank, FCS Financial, First State Bank and Freedom Bank.

The conference will conclude with Dr. Craig Payne, veterinary medicine specialist from the University of Missouri in Columbia, on the new federal regulations on feed supplements. How restrictions on antibiotics and hormones and the involvement of a veterinarian, as opposed to buying certain products from the feed store, are being phased in will impact dairy and cattlemen nationwide.

Lunch will be provided by the Chamber and exhibitors from the trade show accompanying the Chamber's two ag conferences.

Cost for the conference, including the meal, is $5 for pre-registration or $8 at the door. To register, people may call 417-847-3161.

The Beef Cattlemen's Conference will follow, also at the armory, running from 3:30-8:30 p.m.

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