Dairy producers and agri-business identified “calf, heifer and dry cow management” as a profitable and sustainable need for increasing profit on dairy farms. These field specialists, with leadership from Dr. Leo Timms, identified “Iowa Dairy Days 2002” as 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”, a series of 7 Dairy Days were promoted and held over the weeks of January 21st to 31st, 2002. The series targeted “calf, heifer and dry cow management” along with “financial management of the dairy farm business.” Two health topics were assembled by the College of Veterinary Medicine but delivered by local practitioners at 5 of the meetings after an interactive ICN training session.
Attendance averaged 52 participants per sit (363 total participants). 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 Dairy Days and picked up at least one useful idea.
Producers commented “one of the best meetings I've ever been to;“ “good, useful information”; “lots of logical ideas we can apply to our set-ups,” “variety of topics tied together well,” “informative and tothe point,” among many other very positive comments and suggestions. ISU Extension was put in the limelight for being the “go-to” guys in regards to dairy farm production and financial management. Many relationships were built also with veterinarians and other sponsoring agri-business.
Participants requested additional resources and future farm visits. They also shared desires for more information on getting more detailed information about the topics presented.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.
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