Western Dairy Management Conference and Study Tour

Tom Noyes

Ohio State University Extension and the Agricultural Technical Institute are coordinating a dairy study tour to the Western Dairy Management Conference in Reno, Nevada followed by a tour of northern California's dairy and agriculture industry. The tour will give participants the opportunity to attend the premier Dairy Management Conference in the country and the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the top dairy managers. The tour to California will afford participants the opportunity to visit some growing and dynamic well-managed dairy farms in the Central Valley north of Sacramento. We also will see other agriculture, such as rice production, alfalfa hay, and grapes and wine. The trip will take us to the coast, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Muir Woods National Monument redwoods.

This will be the fifth study trip that Royce Thornton and I have conducted to this conference with a follow-up tour. Each one has been excellent and very memorable. We have airline and hotel reservations made for 20 tour participants. Therefore, the following projected costs are for the first 20 who register and every effort will be made to accommodate additional individuals beyond the first 20 registrants. Spouses and other individuals who would like to participate and not attend the conference will receive a $250 reduction.

The projected cost per person is:
Double Room Occupancy: $1,025.00
Single Room Occupancy: $1,225.00

March 11 Flight from Columbus to Sacramento
Depart 6:40 p.m. - Arrive 10:45 p.m. and stay in Sacramento
March 12 Drive to Reno 7:00 a.m. and attend Dairy Conference
March 13 Western Dairy Conference 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Afternoon - optional tour to Fallon, Nevada to visit a dairy farm and irrigated alfalfa production
March 14 Dairy Management Conference 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Depart for California by way of Virginia City and Carson City Nevada and Lake Tahoe.
March 15 Dairy and agriculture visits in Central Valley north of Sacramento
March 16 Dairy and grape/wine visits, Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods redwoods, and the Pacific Ocean.
March 17 Flight from Sacramento at 12:00 noon - Arrive Columbus at 9:30 p.m.
If you desire to participate in Western Dairy Study Tour, please call one of the tour hosts right away. A reservation deposit of $650 is due by February 1, 2003 and final payment is due on February 20, 2003. Refunds, minus all incurred costs, will be made for cancellations. Checks should be made payable to: Ohio State ATI Dairy Judging Team and sent to Royce Thornton, OSU/ATI, 1328 Dover Road, Wooster, OH 44691. Reservations can be made by calling Tom Noyes at 330-264-8722 or Royce Thornton at 330-264-3911 ext. 1313.