New research, hot topics highlight early February events

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas Dairy Days, an annual event hosted by Kansas State University to provide new research findings and hot topics relevant to the industry, will be held in Whiteside on Feb. 5 and Seneca on Feb. 7.

“This event is a great opportunity to keep up-to-date on relevant and timely topics in the dairy industry,” said Luis Mendonca, K-State dairy extension specialist. “Presenters will share take-home messages about using beef semen in dairy operations, selecting a silage hybrid and improving gut health of cows in order to increase production.”

Mendonca also said that speakers will give an update on research projects that were conducted last year at K-State, latest improvements in robotic milking and programs related to risk management.”

The list of presenters and their sessions include:

  • Dr. Gene Boomer, DVM – “Managing ‘Gut Health’ for Healthier Cows and Higher Production”
  • Scott Dennis – “Should You Consider Fiber and Starch Digestibility When Selecting a Silage Hybrid?”
  • Mike Brouk – “Using Robots to Milk Cows”
  • Gretchen Raybuck, Dairy Farmers of America Commodity Risk Management Analyst – “Risk Management Options for Dairy Producers”
  • Kevin Lager – “Dairy-Beef Crosses Increase Revenue.”

The Kansas Dairy Commission is sponsoring lunch at both meetings. The Reno County Dairy Herd Improvement Association will hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the Whiteside meeting.

Each meeting begins at 9:45 a.m. and finishes at 3 p.m.

People interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register. For the Seneca meeting, call 785-336-2184 or e-mail; for the Whiteside meeting, call 620-662-2371 or e-mail

More information about K-State Dairy Days, including the schedule for both locations is available online at For additional questions, contact Mendonca at or 785-532-2652.

Source: Kansas State University extension