Dairy Producers Adopt Practices that Turn into Profit

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialists conduct Dairy Days, an annual series of seminars, as a way of providing producers information about production practices important to them. In 2013, 230 people attended thesevenseminars. To better understand the value of the seminars, participants were asked to complete a survey; 92 participants responded to provide the following information.

  • Dairy Days was of high value to 92 percent of respondents. Over a quarter of respondents said the programs were worth an average of $550 to them.
  • Participants said what they learned would help them improve certain practices within their operation (50% - feeding decisions, 77% - dairy budgets, 52% - low cost parlor and automatic milking systems, 78% - effluent, waste water and nutrient management, and 100% forages and fungicides).
  • Those who had attended previous Dairy Days said they had made changes that increased the efficiency of their operation in terms of
    • feed management (33)
    • milk quality (28)
    • forages (28)
    • heard health (26)
    • calf/heifer management (26)
    • dairy facility updates (24)
    • genetics/reproduction (13)
    • dairy financial analysis (13)
    • parlor renovation (9)
    • indicated changes were worth a total of $15,450 (12)

Dairy Days is offered in multiple locations throughout the state by field and campus extension specialists in a day-long format. It is one way ISU Extension and Outreach brings Iowa State resources to Iowans who have a need and want to learn. The education provided helps producers adjust their practices to improve efficiencies and profitability. That’s good for them and their local communities.

Contact:  Larry Tranel
Dairy Specialist, NE/SE Iowa
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team

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