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Education is never ending

For the August 1, 2009 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

The wheat harvest is moving rapidly and it appears summer has finally arrived. As the summer winds down hopefully you will all take a few days to vacation. This weekend I went to an open-house for a new 450 cow dairy one of my clients built. The tour was great and I was overwhelmed by the number of people in attendance. Although the meal was great I am sure everyone wasn’t there for merely a free meal.

Education is never ending. Hopefully, every day we learn something new. This is why it is very important for us to expose ourselves to new equipment, techniques and products. You can get new ideas from your neighbor and friends by spending some free time this summer interacting with them.

The open house was an excellent place to exchange ideas. We saw new housing and manure handling techniques. The computerization of the milking parlor and electronic cow identification made the record keeping much simpler. Now all they need is the milk price to increase so they can pay for it. Many of the visitors were dairy people, but more were interested people hoping to learn more about the dairy industry. If you get the chance of attending open houses and seed company meetings you can see what is working in your area. This will help you make future decisions for your operation. These meetings are usually free but the information can be invaluable to your operation.

Special meetings and short courses are sponsored by feed distributors, veterinarians and extension. These meeting usually focus on pertinent topics for your area. They can help your livestock production through disease prevention and better feed utilization. Research is ongoing to improve performance and add value to your production. Utilize new information to improve your returns.

Become an active member in agriculture groups. Not only will you become better acquainted with people with interests similar to yours, but you will also be promoting the products you produce. We cannot rely on others to help consumers understand the quality and wholesomeness of our produce. It is all of our responsibility to promote farming and ranching assuring the future of agriculture. Through increased knowledge of your industry you will also be able to make better decisions affecting your operation.

Even a visit to the salebarn can be educational. You will see which types and weights of animals are bringing the most dollars as well as what vaccinations are useful. You can pinpoint a date you want to market your animals and get everything organized and scheduled. Maybe you will hear a few new jokes, but for sure catch up on all the local gossip.

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Take in a fair or a trade show. It is great to show appreciation to the youth in the area for their hard work on their projects. They are agricultures future and deserve our support. While you are there you will see new machinery and visit with friends and neighbors. We run the livestock demos at Dakota Fest in Mitchell. This is an example of a great place to see what is new. Nowhere else will you see the newest, biggest machinery, building contractors, livestock handling equipment, breeding stock, seed dealers and vendors of everything associated with agriculture. Most admit they can’t see the show in one day, so pick the booths you want to see and check them out for sure. Then visit the rest of the show at your leisure. There are other similar shows in other areas, so spend a day at one of them.

At no time in history had technology been advancing at such a rapid pace. It is important for you to stay well educated on the new developments and try to adapt them into your operation. Take a day or two and get involved, not only will your knowledge increase, but you will make better decisions affecting your operation. See you at Dakota Fest!

The wheat harvest is moving rapidly and it appears summer has finally arrived. As the summer winds down hopefully you will all take a few days to vacation. This weekend I went to an open-house for a new 450 cow dairy one of my clients built. The tour was great and I was overwhelmed by the number of people in attendance. Although the meal was great I am sure everyone wasn’t there for merely a free meal.

Education is never ending. Hopefully, every day we learn something new. This is why it is very important for us to expose ourselves to new equipment, techniques and products. You can get new ideas from your neighbor and friends by spending some free time this summer interacting with them.

The open house was an excellent place to exchange ideas. We saw new housing and manure handling techniques. The computerization of the milking parlor and electronic cow identification made the record keeping much simpler. Now all they need is the milk price to increase so they can pay for it. Many of the visitors were dairy people, but more were interested people hoping to learn more about the dairy industry. If you get the chance of attending open houses and seed company meetings you can see what is working in your area. This will help you make future decisions for your operation. These meetings are usually free but the information can be invaluable to your operation.

Special meetings and short courses are sponsored by feed distributors, veterinarians and extension. These meeting usually focus on pertinent topics for your area. They can help your livestock production through disease prevention and better feed utilization. Research is ongoing to improve performance and add value to your production. Utilize new information to improve your returns.

Become an active member in agriculture groups. Not only will you become better acquainted with people with interests similar to yours, but you will also be promoting the products you produce. We cannot rely on others to help consumers understand the quality and wholesomeness of our produce. It is all of our responsibility to promote farming and ranching assuring the future of agriculture. Through increased knowledge of your industry you will also be able to make better decisions affecting your operation.

Even a visit to the salebarn can be educational. You will see which types and weights of animals are bringing the most dollars as well as what vaccinations are useful. You can pinpoint a date you want to market your animals and get everything organized and scheduled. Maybe you will hear a few new jokes, but for sure catch up on all the local gossip.

Take in a fair or a trade show. It is great to show appreciation to the youth in the area for their hard work on their projects. They are agricultures future and deserve our support. While you are there you will see new machinery and visit with friends and neighbors. We run the livestock demos at Dakota Fest in Mitchell. This is an example of a great place to see what is new. Nowhere else will you see the newest, biggest machinery, building contractors, livestock handling equipment, breeding stock, seed dealers and vendors of everything associated with agriculture. Most admit they can’t see the show in one day, so pick the booths you want to see and check them out for sure. Then visit the rest of the show at your leisure. There are other similar shows in other areas, so spend a day at one of them.

At no time in history had technology been advancing at such a rapid pace. It is important for you to stay well educated on the new developments and try to adapt them into your operation. Take a day or two and get involved, not only will your knowledge increase, but you will make better decisions affecting your operation. See you at Dakota Fest!

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