Extension Publication Explains Automatic Dairy Feeding Systems

Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, recently produced a new publication about automatic dairy feeding systems. “Healthy dairy replacements are critical to a farm’s overall profitability and sustainability,” said Bentley.

Designing An Automatic Feeding System” presents high-tech, low-maintenance alternatives to dairy producers who are raising calves on the farm. This four-page publication covers everything from converting an existing building to considerations for a new computer-controlled barn design, including examples of pen layouts.

The focus of the publication, which was funded by a Risk Management Education grant, is two-fold: to assist calf raisers in evaluating their current practices and potential new calf housing and feeding systems; and to enhance management skills to operate these systems successfully.

The publication is available at no charge from the ISU Extension Online Store athttps://store.extension.iastate.edu. Contact Jennifer Bentley by e-mail atjbentley@iastate.edu or by phone at 563-382-2949.

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