IMQP President and Fort Wayne dairy farmer Andrew Keuhnert said, “It gives an opportunity for producers to come together with Board of Animal Health people, with processing groups, so every single aspect of the dairy industry actually comes together for this meeting.
Many topics were discussed during the two-day event including legislation, crisis preparedness, residue avoidance, milk contamination, among others.
Keuhnert says it was a great opportunity to share best practices during a tough time in the dairy industry.
“We’ve dropped quite a few farms in the last year and a half, down to about 850 farms from about 1,000 farms a year and a half ago. It is tough in the dairy industry right now, but everybody is wanting to stay involved on farm, and we’re just doing our best in trying to be as efficient as we can.”
Over 125 people were registered for this year’s event in Plymouth, including attendees from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Minnesota, and Iowa. Featured speakers included American Dairy Association Indiana’s Jenni Browning, Indiana Dairy Producer’s Doug Leman, Indiana Farm Bureau’s Greg Slipher, State Veterinarian Dr. Bret Marsh from the Board of Animal Health, and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler.