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Dairy Producers Adopt Practices that Turn Profit

Dairy Days helps increase the efficiency of operations

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 the seven seminars. 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.

For more info, contact:

Larry Tranel, dairy specialist in Northeast and Southeast Iowa, 563-583-6496,

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