Delmarva Dairy Day will return from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Hartly Fire Hall, 2898 Arthursville Road.

This educational program features experts from across the region speaking on current issues facing the industry.

In the morning session, Julio Correal from Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition will give an update on “Milk Quality and Udder Health – Understanding Udder Physiology.” This learning opportunity will include the dissection of an udder from a previously lactating cow.

A lunch will be served by the Ladies Auxiliary along with UD Creamery ice cream.

The afternoon will begin with Ev Thomas from Oak Point Agronomics discussing “Low Lignin Alfalfa and Alfalfa Management.” Thomas also will discuss “Fertility Management for Corn Silage Crops.” Rounding out the program will be Nicole McNeil, of Pennsylvania Certified Organic, speaking about “Transitioning to Organic Dairying.”

Participants will have the opportunity to visit with dairy industry vendors throughout the day, and the University of Delaware will offer ice cream made from milk produced by the university dairy herd and manufactured at the UDairy Creamery on campus.

Dairy Day program attendees will have the opportunity to earn one continuing education credit towards their nutrient management certification. In addition, producers are encouraged to bring their completed 2016 nutrient management annual report form and turn it in to earn 0.5 NM CEU credits and a manure sample in a sealed and labeled sandwich bag to earn an additional 0.5 NM CEU. If a producer has already taken advantage of this opportunity during Delaware Ag Week, they cannot earn credits for turning in an annual report and manure sample a second time.

Program registration is free and open to any producer or industry professional on the eastern shore. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to 831-2506 or severson@udel.edu by Feb. 6 so they can be included in the count for setup and lunches.