PDMP On-Farm Issue Forum at Mercer Vu Farms

Thursday, August 8th - 2013


Thursday, August 8th

A PDMP Dairy Issue Forum

Tour Mercer Vu Farms

Valuable hands-on professional development for everyone at your operation!

 Forage management - Feeding strategies - Shredlage - Phosphorous reduction technology - Dr. Mike Van Amburgh - Healthy animal care - Group calf housing - Networking with fellow dairymen

Dairy producers sharing ideas and learning from each other!

Affordable Registration Fee Includes BBQ Lunch:

PDMP Members: $25/pp

Non-PDMP Members: $75/pp


This on-farm format to the traditional PDMP Issue Forum will give participants the opportunity to hear, while seeing and interacting with subject matter experts, a variety of issues at Mercer Vu Farms in Franklin County.  Participants will rotate through stations at Mercer Vu’s facility that includes calf care and management, environmental management, nutrient utilization, and crop strategies.  

  • Dr. Mike Van Amburgh of Cornell University will share emerging research around early calf growth rates and their use as a predictor of future performance.  He will discuss this topic as we explore Mercer Vu’s brand new 400 head group calf housing facility with its automated stabilized milk delivery system.
  • Mercer Vu has been running advanced manure solids separation in an effort to separate more fines from their waste stream to remove more Phosphorus.  See what they’re doing and hear about the latest techniques for Phosphorus reduction, nutrient application and other sensitive environmental issues.
  • Over the past few years, Mercer Vu Farms has focused on their cropping enterprise.  Experts and advisors will showcase the farm’s success at increasing bunker storage capacity by 30%, reducing shrink and improving feed quality overall.  

Check back for more details and registration information next month!

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