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High Plains Dairy Conference Brings Industry to Amarillo March 5-6
Illinois Ag Connection - 02/23/2024

The High Plains Dairy Conference is scheduled March 5-6 at the Embassy Suites, 550 S. Buchanan St. in Amarillo. Conference chairs expect 400-500 dairy farmers, managers, consultants, academics and industry representatives from across the U.S. to attend.

The two-day conference, jointly coordinated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and New Mexico State University Dairy Extension, as a part of the educational activities provided by the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium.

The main High Plains Dairy Conference will begin at 1 p.m. March 5 and conclude at 5 p.m. March 6.

The conference has partnered with the Texas Animal Nutrition Council and the Dairy Reproductive Council to offer two preconference workshops on nutrition and reproduction concurrently held on Tuesday morning March 5 at 8:30 a.m.

General registration before Feb. 26 is $350 for the first registrant, with a $250 registration fee for other people from the same dairy. Registration options for students, one-day attendance and extra workshops can be found at

A new event for this year’s High Plains Dairy Conference, based on requests from producers, is a separate Middle Managers Training Workshop conducted in both English and Spanish, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7. Registration for this event is also available at the High Plains Dairy Conference website.

Another new event is a poster presentation during the Tuesday evening reception with posters from both graduate and undergraduate students from regional universities, highlighting some of the dairy research going on in the region and providing a platform for the students to interact with producers and allied industry.

Information-packed agenda

“The High Plains Dairy Conference is producer-oriented and provides practical, cutting-edge knowledge for them to consider applying at their farms,” said Juan Piñeiro, AgriLife Extension dairy specialist and assistant professor in the Texas A&M Department of Animal Science, Amarillo.

Robert Hagevoort, Ph.D., co-coordinator and Extension dairy specialist at New Mexico State University, said this year, the conference is taking a global look at the dairy industry, as well as discussing hot topics such as carbon markets and artificial intelligence use on future dairies.

Dairy producers from Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado are expected to attend, said Jennifer Spencer, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension dairy specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, Stephenville. She said over 450 attended past events, including dairy producers, academics, allied industry representatives, veterinarians and nutritionists.

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