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November 17, 2000

Milker Skills Workshop Scheduled for Appleton

A Milker Skills Workshop for dairy producers and dairy employees will be held Jan. 3-4 at the Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wis.

The Milker Skills Workshop is an interactive, hands-on workshop designed to help dairy producers and employees achieve a better understanding of harvesting milk and the factors affecting milk quality. The two-day workshop will cover raw milk quality, udder health, prevention and control of mastitis, milking machine function and milk room management.

The Milker Skills Workshop will be conducted by University of Wisconsin-Extension specialists Pam Ruegg and Larry Baumann. The workshop is being sponsored by the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science, UW-Extension, UW-River Falls Dairy Outreach Program, Fox Valley Technical College and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board .

The cost of the workshop is $200 per person, which includes the two-day workshop, two lunches, and a take-home manual and video that will help dairy producers and their employees evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their dairy operation,, and find ways to improve their dairyıs milk quality. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will provide a $75 scholarship for any student attending the workshop. The WMMB will also provide a one-time stipend of $75 per farm to help pay the cost for the first participant from a farm who attends the workshop.

Applications for the workshop can be obtained by calling Professor Michelle Wieghart at 715/425-0641, or by writing to her at: Dairy Outreach Program Coordinator ­ Dr. Michelle Wieghart, Agriculture Resource Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022.

The workshop will be limited to 25 people, and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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