Glorieta Geoscience, Inc. staff, Jay Lazarus and Tara Vander Dussen, had the opportunity to teach the US Dairy Education and Training Consortium 2016 Session II. The teaching session included two college credit classes and dairy tours. Jay Lazarus presented on several topics related to water conservation including well design, ground water production and water conservation practices. One of the hot topics discussed with the Session II class was the state of the drought in the High Plains of Eastern New Mexico and West Texas. Many students had questions about how the drought is impacting their wells and their ground water production. The students also questioned Lazarus about the future of water resources in the High Plains. The second class, taught by Tara Vander Dussen, examined nutrient management practices on dairies and CAFOs. With new discharge permits being issued under the new dairy rule, there have been many changes to the environmental regulations in New Mexico. Vander Dussen explained the importance of protecting ground water, and how dairy producers are managing manure by using the forecasting and record keeping tool called CAFOweb. The session concluded with tours of two dairies and their manure storage areas.
The US Dairy Education and Training Consortium is an extensive six week large herd management and teaching program located in Clovis, NM. The program is offered at several universities for college credit. The 2016 Session II class is made up of students who have completed the basic Session I class and are ready to move on to the advanced class. Students come from universities all over the country and all over the world to learn about new techniques and technology used for dairy management. The students have a wide variety of backgrounds and degrees from agricultural economics to dairy science to large animal veterinary. The US Dairy Education and Training Consortium is unlike any other program in the country. It is an amazing opportunity for the students to come and learn from the best professors and teachers in a number of different fields.
For more information check out the website: http://usdetc.tamu.edu/