Conference offers young people chance to learn about dairy industry

March 27, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Young people ages 8 to 18 can learn more about the dairy industry at the 2015 Indiana Dairy Youth Conference sponsored by Purdue Extension.   

The conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 from at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville.

Sessions include "Environmental Cow Comfort" and "Dairying in a Changing Climate," which focus on how dairy producers can manage their herds in an environmentally conscious and humane way. Two other sessions, "Taking a Spin in the Land of Guernsey" and "Golden Guernsey Goodness," will teach participants about the Guernsey breed and its golden milk, which has become a popular niche product.

There will also be information about the Indiana 4-H Dairy Youth Academy, a program that aims to develop knowledgeable dairy professionals by helping participants improve leadership skills.

Registration, due April 4, is $15 per person. The fee covers admission, a T-shirt, meals and conference materials. A registration form is at https://www.extension.purdue.edu/dairy/news/DairyYouthConference2015.pdf. For more information, contact Kelly Heckaman, Extension educator in Kosciusko County, at 574-372-2340 or kheckaman@purdue.edu.

Other sponsors are the Michigan Milk Producers Association and the American Dairy Association of Indiana. 

Writer: Emma Hopkins, 765-494-8402, hopkine@purdue.edu 

Source: Kelly Heckaman, 574-372-2340, kheckaman@purdue.edu  

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