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April 7, 2000

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Milker Skills Workshop Scheduled at UW-River Falls

A Milker Skills Workshop for dairy producers and dairy employees will be held June 20 - 21 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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 impacting 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 Professors Pam Ruegg and Larry Baumann. The workshop is being sponsored by the UW-River Falls Dairy Outreach Program, UW-Extension, UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science 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 dairy's milk quality. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will provide a one-time stipend of $75 per farm to help pay the cost for the first participant from a farm that 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, Agricultural 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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