Dairyman-lawyer to share insight

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WOOSTER, Ohio – Most milk producers can identify the challenges facing their dairy operation, but what about the opportunities?

Dairyman-lawyer Don Bennink, a managing partner of North Florida Holsteins in Bell, Fla., will offer his outlook and dairy management perspective at two luncheon meetings in Ohio Dec. 3 and 4.

Bennink will speak at The Barn Restaurant in Smithville, Dec. 3 and at the American Legion Hall in New Bremen, Dec. 4. Both programs will begin at 11 a.m.

About the speaker. A native of western New York, Bennink started dairying after graduating from Cornell University. Twelve years later, he earned a law degree from Cleveland Marshall Law School, but continued to milk cows while developing his legal practice.

In 1980, he moved to Florida and established North Florida Holsteins, which is home to 3,700 milking cows and another 2,700 replacements, with a rolling herd average of 23,000 pounds.

Bennink’s presentation will focus on dairy farm management, including labor issues, genetics and identification.

Registration. The cost of the program, which includes lunch, is $6. The remaining half of the program costs are being underwritten by the program sponsors, Progressive Dairy Producers of Ohio and the Ohio Holstein Association.

Reservations are requested by Nov. 21.

For information call Karen Hastings, Ohio Holstein Association, at 330-264-9088; e-mail, oholstein@bright.net. Reservations and payment can also be sent to Hastings at P.O. Box 479, Wooster, OH 44691.

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