Central Illinois IMPA Dairy Tech Showcase – July 28, 2016
The Illinois Milk Producers’ Association will be sponsoring their 5th annual “Dairy Tech Showcase” farm tour. The tour will highlight dairy technology and dairy management on two dairy farms in Livingston County, Illinois. The tours will be held on Thursday July 28, 2016. There is no need to register for the event, and you can attend either one or both of the host farm operations.
Lunch will be available for purchase between noon and 1:00 p.m.
The first farm stop is the Lynn Schaffer Dairy, owned and operated by Lynn and his sons. The farm is located at 11225 N. 1800 E. Road, Fairbury, IL 61739 and the tour will run from 10:30 a.m. til noon. The Schaffer family farm is operating a new milking parlor built to maximize technology, management and cow comfort. With emphasis on forage quality and consistency in feeding management, the Schaffer Holstein herd of 100 cows are averaging over 27,000 lbs. milk annually. Their dairy facilities include a double-8 parallel milking parlor with rapid exit, sand bedded free stall hosing, and modern waste handling. The replacement heifers are raised on the farm with the exception of heifers between three months to twelve months which are custom raised. The Schaffer’s also operate a custom forage harvesting operation.
The second farm stop will be Kilgus Farmstead, owned and operated by the Paul and Carmen Kilgus and Matt and Jenna Kilgus families. Paul sons, Justin and Trent, round out the team at Kilgus Dairy. Their farm is located at 21471 E. 670 N. Road, Fairbury, IL 61739 and the afternoon tour will run from 1:00 p.m. til 2:30 p.m. Kilgus Farmstead dairy consists of 150 Jersey cows with a rolling herd average of 17,000 pounds of milk. The cows are handled as a grazing herd supplemented with hay and grain and housed in a compost-bedded barn. Their replacement heifers are custom raised off-farm. Milk produced by the herd is processed and bottled on the farm and sold under the Kilgus Farmstead label in their farm store and at many locations throughout Illinois.
Each farm stop will include an organized tour conducted by the dairy owners along with management discussions and Q&A sessions, which will be led by Dave Fischer, former University of Illinois Dairy Educator. Also joining Fischer will be Dr. Mike Hutjens and Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois Dairy Specialists.
Schedule will be:
10:30 a.m. - noon at Lynn Shaffer Dairy, 11225 N. 1800 E. Road, Fairbury, IL 61739
Noon – 1:00 p.m. lunch (Jim Fraley, please add lunch location -- PCHS or Kilgus farm)
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at Kilgus Farmstead, 21471 E. 670 N. Road, Fairbury, IL 61739