​​First Seminar Covers Cow Comfort



Holsteins at the University of Tennessee

​The next University of Tennessee Extension Master Dairy Producer Program seminar will focus on cow comfort. Meetings are scheduled across the state from July 22 - July 30. Photo by D. Edlund, courtesy UTIA.


University of Tennessee Extension will offer two more topics in 2015 for those wishing to become certified as Master Dairy Producers. The first of these — a seminar dealing with issues surrounding cow comfort — will be offered during several sessions scheduled for late July. Each session will present the same materials, so there is no need to attend more than one session.
Peter Krawczel, the UT Extension dairy specialist, has organized the meetings and will be the primary presenter.  “The class will focus on cow comfort and discuss its relationship with behavior, productivity, and health,” Krawczel said. “The primary emphasis will be on the lactating herd, but sick cows, transition cows, heifers, and pre-weaned calves will also be discussed.”
The meetings will be offered at the following dates and locations:
* Greeneville (Greene County) – July 22, UT 4-H Camp, 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
* Athens (McMinn County) – July 27, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
* McMinnville (Warren County) – July 28, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
* Lewisburg (Marshall County) – July 29, Russell Catering, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
* Paris (Henry County) – July 30, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
* Springfield (Robertson County) – July 30, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room), 3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172. (This course will be conducted by Rick Skillington, UT Extension Country Director for Marshall County.  The materials presented will be the same as those presented on the other dates.)
The cost of registration is $25 for each attendee, and registration includes lunch. Participants are asked to register at least one week before the meeting you wish to attend so there will be an accurate head count for lunch. To register for a particular session, please contact the following UT Extension agents:

* Greeneville (Greene County) – July 22, Milton Orr, 423-798-1710,
* Athens (McMinn County) – July 27, Tim Woods, 423-745-2852, hwoods1@utk.edu
* McMinnville (Warren County) – July 28, Heath Nokes,, 931-473-8484, hnokes@utk.edu
* Lewisburg (Marshall County) – July 29, Rick Skillington, 931-359-1929, rskillin@utk.edu
* Paris (Henry County) – July 30, Ranson Goodman, 731-642-2941, rgoodma1@utk.edu
* Springfield (Robertson County) – July 30, Paul Hart, 615-384-7936, pehart@utk.edu 
Additional details can be found on the Department of Animal Science’s website:

The next Master Dairy Producer meetings will be offered in late October and early November and will focus on reproduction. Krawczel says details regarding those meetings will be available later this summer. Questions about the Master Dairy Producer Program can be addressed to your local county agent or directly to Krawczel by phone at 865-974-8941 or by email to krawczel@utk.edu
Earning a Master Dairy Producer Certificate may help farmers qualify for the maximum cost-share funding available through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s popular Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP). The TAEP assists qualified producers with cost-share funds of up to 50 percent of the cost of designated equipment or construction of qualifying facilities. Dairy producers who wish to qualify for the maximum TAEP cost share will need to participate in two of three master dairy modules annually. More information is posted online at the TAEP website: tn.gov/agriculture/enhancement

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Dr. Peter Krawczel, UT Department of Animal Science, 865-974-8941, or krawczel@utk.edu