Kaskaskia College hosted the 2014 Illinois Dairy Summit in
its Lifelong Learning Center on Thursday, January 23. The theme for this year’s summit was “Focusing
on Profitability” and featured seminars from Jim Fraley of the Illinois Milk
Producers Association, Mike Hutjens, Professor Emeritus of Animal Science from
the University of Illinois, Phil Cardosa, Assistant Professor of Dairy Research
and Extension from the University of Illinois, Dave Fischer, Dairy Summit
Coordinator, and Clint Harre, Dairy farmer and KC Alum.
Some of the topics discussed at Thursday’s summit included
Profit Margins in 2014, Fine Tuning Calf Feeding Programs, RMA Talk on Farm
Bill and Dairy Program, Your Dairy Check Off at Work, Transitioning with Efficiency,
and a panel discussion on “Finding the Next 10 lbs of Milk.”
A number of vendors and information booths were also set up
at the summit, showcasing new innovations and information interesting to the
over 100 local dairy farmers in attendance.
The 2014 Illinois Dairy summit was sponsored by the Illinois
Milk Producers Association and the University of Illinois.