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Presentations & Events

  • UGA/UFL Financial and Management Decision-Aids Workshops. The Universities of Georgia and Florida Extension Services have created three new printed and electronic dairy budgets for dairy producers using conventional, grazing, or hybrid production systems. These budgets can be used to calculate “what if” scenarios if there are ways you might be planning to change your farm. These two universities will also be releasing several stand-alone decision-aids. To help show dairy producers and managers how to utilize these free Excel budgets and decision-aids to make better financial and management decisions for their operations, several workshops will be held in late January and February.  You are also welcome if you just want to compare these budgets. They are based on inputs from local dairy farms.

    The workshops are free but pre-registration is highly desired to plan for meal and laptop usage. When registering please indicate whether you will be bringing your own laptop or would like for us to provide you one. All sessions run 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  Please contact Dr. Curt Lacy ( or Dr. Mary Sowerby (

    • Wednesday, January 28, Suwannee County Extension Office, 1302 11th Street SW, Live Oak, FL 32064, (386) 362-2771
    • Thursday, January 29, Brooks County Extension Office  (also for those in North FL closer to Quitman), 400 East Courtland Ave., Agri Building, Moultrie Hwy 33, Quitman, GA 31643, (229) 263-4103
    • Friday, January 30, Jackson County Extension Office, 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 3, Marianna, FL 32448, (850) 482-9620
    • Thursday, February 12, Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 U.S. Hwy 98, Okeechobee, FL 34972, (863) 763-6469
  • 8th Annual Dr. Harvey Rubin Memorial Food Animal Veterinary Medical Conference, March 14-15, 2015, in Kissimmee, FL.  See schedule here.
  • UF/IFAS Marion County Extension, Raising Livestock on a Few Acres, Ocala, FL (register here):
    • April 6 – Keeping Sheep, Goats and/or Cows
    • April 13 – Raising Rabbits and Chickens
    • April 20 – The Hobby Horse
    • April 27 – Raising Freezer Beef
  • Florida Dairy Production Conference, April 29, 2015 at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center in Gainesville, FL.  More information is forthcoming.  Contact Mary Sowerby at or Jose Santos at

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