The annual Southwest Dairy Day Oct. 18 will feature a cross-ventilated barn designed to mitigate heat stress for milking cows and a robotic pre-dipper in the parlor. The event is free and open to the public. The two innovations are used at Wildcat Dairy, 600 County Road 252 near Gustine.
Southwest Dairy Day is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and rotates between dairy areas around Stephenville and in the Texas Panhandle, said Dr. Ellen Jordan, AgriLife Extension dairy specialist in Dallas.
An open house at the dairy will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m., with a noon program bookended by motorized tours from 10-10:45 a.m. and 3-3:45 p.m. Less technical tours of the facility are at 10:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. An in-depth tour of the cross-ventilated barn begins at 2 p.m.
A noon luncheon, courtesy of Hi-Pro Feeds, will include Dr. Doug Steele, AgriLife Extension director, College Station, and the Volleman family providing an overview of Wildcat Dairy.
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