Dairy Conference

January-March 2002

Larry Tranel , dairy, dairy/beef and forage specialist
and Dale Thoreson , dairy, dairy/beef and forage specialist

Dairy producers and agri-business identified dairy production practices and marketing issues as a profitable and sustainable need for increasing profit on dairy farms. These field specialists, with leadership from an industry-wide committee, joined forces to provide a great opportunity to make NE Iowa dairying more competitive financially by promoting some “best management practices” for dairy producers to focus on.

In response to the identified need and opportunity to promote these “best management practices”, an Eastern Iowa Dairy Conference was held on January 16 and 17, 2002. The issues of “financial management of the dairy farm business” and “raising heifers” were presented by these two field specialists, respectively.” Many other production and marketing issues were presented by others as well.

Impact :
Attendance peaked at 166 for the two-day event. The level of interest in learning, measured by a post meeting survey, depicts a very high interest by clientele. 100% of the producers liked the concept of the Dairy Conference and picked up many “best management practices.”
Producers comments on Mr. Tranel's presentation: “great response, very good—great presentation, will call him for more information.” Producers comments on Mr. Thoreson's presentation: “very good breakout session, covered an important topic and had handouts, good facts and studies.” ISU Extension was again put in the limelight for being the “go-to” guys in regards to dairy production and financial management. Many relationships were built also with producers and other sponsoring agri-business.

Future Needs :
Participants requested additional resources and future farm visits. They also shared desires for more information on getting more detailed information about the topics presented.A producer and dealer were concerned about the stand in a 40 acre soybean field. If replanting would be necessary, the producer wanted to "get on it" before substantial yield losses would be incurred. ISU Extension was contacted for that opinion.


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