The trade show at the Heart of America Dairy Expo, presented by Hiland Dairy Foods, will be the largest ever with 56 exhibitors. 

Set for Friday through Saturday at the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, the expo is a regional dairy meeting open to all dairy farmers and allied industry regardless of state.

“We have the largest dairy specific trade show south of Madison and Sioux Falls,” said Larry Purdom, expo chairman and a dairy farmer from Purdy, “and our industry partners have recognized the outstanding line up of nationally known speakers participating.”

The early bird seminar begins tonight (Thursday), with National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President and CEO Jim Mulhern, who will provide the latest news on Congress’ efforts on the Farm Bill and address other key dairy industry policy issues, such as trade negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the prospects for immigration reform legislation in 2014.

Friday’s program begins 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. Asher will discuss different production problems at the dairy and give suggestions as to what to look for to determine both problems and solutions. Some of the issues he will cover are milk production, reproductive problems and low dry matter intakes.

Following Asher will be Dr. Dan Tracy, DVM MS, Technical Services Veterinarian, Multimin USA, on “Trace Minerals’ Role in Successful Dairy Production.” Tracy will discuss improving udder health with an injectable trace mineral.

Friday’s luncheon 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.” Lock’s presentation will review the current evidence with respect to milk and dairy products and human health with a focus on milk fat. Common misconceptions will be considered and evidence provided as to why milk and dairy products provide an affordable, versatile, and cost-effective nutrient package that is beneficial for human health.

On Friday afternoon, Dr. Jim Quigley, technical and research manager, Calf & Heifer, Provimi North America, will cover “Formulating Diets for a Moving Target – The Developing Rumen.”

The Saturday morning program includes the annual meetings of the Missouri Holstein Association, Missouri Brown Swiss Association, Missouri Guernsey Breeders Association, Missouri Jersey Cattle Club, Midwest Milking Shorthorn and the Missouri Ayrshire Association.

The expo will conclude with a luncheon sponsored by Quality Liquid Feeds and the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives.

Registration is free for dairy farmers and their families with a nominal registration fee for allied industry representatives. Meal reservations are requested and may be made at www.heartofamericadairy.org. Room reservations may be made by calling the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center directly at 417-866-5253 and requesting the “Heart of America Dairy Expo” room block.  

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