The 2013 Illinois Commodity Conference will take place Tuesday, Nov. 26th, at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal, IL. The annual one-day event brings together crop growers and livestock producers from all over the state to discuss the trials and triumphs the agricultural industry faces.
“Connect with your Customer”, is the theme for the conference, which starts at 10:15 am. A full day of speakers can help attendees regroup and recharge, and include:
“Connect with your Membership” Moderated by Jeff Nalley Featuring ICGA President Paul Taylor, ISA Chairman Bill Raben, IPPA President Dereke Dunkirk, and IBA President Alan Adams
“International Buyers in a U.S. Economy” Speaker from USMEF
“What Women Want” Amy Rossi, Naperville, IL
“Connect with your Congress” Mike Stokke, Farm Credit
S and B Dairy Farm of rural Sigel in Effingham County is the recipient of the 2013 Illinois Milk Producers’ Association Environmental Stewardship Award. The dairy is a partnership of Ed and Kay Schumacher (PRONOUNCED: “SHOE-maker”) and Dean and Angie Bloemer (PRONOUNCED: “BLEM-mer”). Ed and Angie are brother and sister and started their family’s partnership in 1987.
The farm milks 400 Holstein cows, and maintains another 80 dry cows. S and B Dairy are well known for their “open door” policy and their strong beliefs in teaching people of all ages about the dairy industry. They host hundreds of school-age children each year, as well as Farm Bureau Summer Ag Institutes, FFA and 4-H related tours, as well as hosting several out-of-state visitors each year.
This brother and sister team, together with their spouses, follow a strict Certified Nutrient Management Plan to provide them guidance when applying nutrients back on to their fields. They also ensure their manure storage system has plenty of flexibility, and are able to hold up to 16 months’ worth of manure.
S and B Dairy are proud to be members of the Prairie Farms Dairy Cooperative system.
The Illinois Milk Producer’s Association (IMPA) sponsored its second “Dairy Technology Showcase” on Tuesday, July 23. This year’s showcase, attended by 75 people from three states, highlighted dairy technology and management at River Valley Dairy and Aberle Farms, both located in Tremont, Illinois.
Owned and operated by the Gregg and Cindy Sauder family, River Valley Dairy is internationally known for their development of a high-type genetic herd of Jersey dairy cattle. They have incorporated four Lely Astronaut robots into their automated milking system with a freestall and box stall housing unit for their 300-plus cow milking herd. After owner Gregg Sauder chose this milking system for his farm, he noted that the cows are more relaxed, resulting in an increase in cow health, temperament, and production. The Sauder family has also installed two Lely automated calf feeding stations for their heifer calves with compost-bedded housing for their older heifers.
The second farm on the Dairy Technology Showcase was Aberle Farms, owned and operated by the Pete and Rollyn Aberle families. Rollyn showed participants their ai24™ HR-tag system used for monitoring a cow’s rumination time and assisting in heat detection. With this system, the cow wears a collar that is read through a program every time she eats, helping the Aberles detect and monitor rumination, heat, or other health problems that can occur before or after giving birth. The 150-cow milking herd is managed and housed in sand-bedded freestalls with packmat stalls and cable scrapers for scraping the manure. Pre- and post-fresh cows are housed in a bedded-pack transition barn and all cows are milked three times per day in a ten-stall flat parlor. New calves at Aberle Farms are placed on an accelerated milk replacer program and weaned at six to seven weeks of age, gaining an average of 2½ to 3 pounds per day.
The Dairy Technology Showcase led by Dave Fischer also included management discussions and Q & A sessions with participants. University of Illinois Dairy Specialists Dr. Mike Hutjens and Dr. Phil Cardoso also joined Fischer on the tours of the farms.
IMPA Dairy Technology Showcase Highlights Central Illinois
IMPA will be sponsoring its second “Dairy Technology Showcase,” hosted by Dave
Fischer. It will highlight dairy technology and management on two Central Illinois
farms. The tours will be held on Tuesday July 23, in the Tremont area in Tazewell
County. 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 “on your own” between noon and 1:00
The first farm stop is River Valley Dairy, owned and operated by the Gregg and Cindy
Sauder Family. The farm is located at 9136 Springfield Road, Tremont. River Valley
Dairy is known nationally and internationally for their development of a high-type genetic
herd of Jersey dairy cattle. For their dairy operation, they have incorporated four
Lely Astronaut robots into their automated milking system with a freestall and box stall
housing unit for their 300-plus cow milking herd. They have also installed two Lely automated
calf feeding stations for their heifer calves with compost bedded housing for
their older heifers.
The second farm is Aberle Farms, owned and operated by Pete and Rollyn Aberle families.
The farm is located at 25104 Augustine Road, Tremont. Aberle Dairy will showcase
their ai24 HR-tag system used for monitoring cow's rumination time and assisting
in heat detection. The milking herd is managed and housed in sand-bedded freestalls
with packmat stalls and cable scrapers for alley scrapping the manure. They also use
the extended-day lighting protocol for their 150-cow milking herd. Pre- and post-fresh
cows are housed in a bedded-pack transition barn and all cows are milked three times
per day in a ten-stall flat parlor. Calves are placed on an accelerated milk replacer program
and weaned at six to seven weeks of age.
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.
Also joining Fischer will be Dr. Mike Hutjens and Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois
Schedule will be:
10:30 a.m. - noon, River Valley Dairy, 9136 Springfield Rd., Tremont
Lunch on your own – Tremont has several places to eat.
NOTE: Drive time between farms is 15 minutes.
The Illinois Milk Producers’ Association will sponsor three regional dairy meetings in January 2013. The meetings will feature presentations by experts from the University of Illinois, the Midwest Dairy Association, and a panel of dairy producers. Program topics include feeding drought-stress forages, transition cow management, feeding update, and calf and heifer management.
Dates and locations are:
Tues., Jan. 22
Highland Community College
2998 W. Pearl City Rd.
Wed., Jan. 23
IAA/Illinois Farm Bureau Building
1701 Towanda Ave.
Thurs., Jan 24
27210 College Rd.
All the meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. and adjourn at 2:50 p.m. For details and registration, download the brochure or call 309-557-3703.