On October 8, dairy industry enthusiasts joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at the Del Rio Dairy in Friona, Texas, for the Southwest Dairy Day. Attendees saw composting demonstrations, toured the facilities and visited with allied industry exhibitors, which included the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL).
Exhibitors demonstrated technology and spoke with attendees on a variety of issues, like diagnostic testing. The resident director for TVMDL Amarillo, Robert Sprowls, DVM, PhD, said more than 400 people were on hand for the event.
“It was very educational for those that got to see the dairy first-hand,” said Dr. Sprowls. “We were able to visit with several producers that benefit from TVMDL’s dairy cattle testing and make them aware of our services. It was a very good day and AgriLife put together a wonderful program.”
TVMDL performs metabolic profiling for dairy cattle, along with milk pathogen testing, and a full slate of bovine surveillance tests. From Tritrichomonas tests and pregnancy tests to micro- and macrominerals analysis, TVMDL serves the entirety of the Texas cattle industry.