DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Dairy parlor and manure handling tours are set for March 10, 11, and 13 in northeast Iowa, according to Dale Thoreson, Iowa State University Extension dairy and forage specialist based in Butler County, and Larry Tranel, dairy and forage specialist based in Dubuque County.
The tours are planned to give producers and agri-businesses who serve the dairy industry insight into how the TRANS Iowa parlor can be built to meet the operations goals in cow handling and their building/remodeling budget. Collecting, transporting and storing manure has become a larger concern on dairy farms as the cow numbers increase and more stringent manure spreading rules evolve.
March 10 tours will feature the TRANS Iowa Low Cost Milking Parlors on the Bill Kauffmann and Mike Deutmeyer farms. Kauffmann’s farm is located north of Dubuque. From Dubuque take Highway 52 north to County Road C9Y on to Sageville. Take a right (east) on Mud Lake Road 3/4 mile, left to 12588 Sleepy Hollow Road. The tour starts at 10 a.m. and features a Double 8 Parabone with swing units.
The Deutmeyer tour starts at 12:15 p.m. From Luxemburg go East on Highway 52 3/4 mile, turn north and proceed to 21710 Clear Creek Road. Deutmeyer has a Double 10 Parabone parlor with swing units.
The March 11 tours start at 10:30 a.m. at the Brian and Heidi Lantzky farm located at 21575 245th Street, Hawkeye. From Alpha go south to 247th Street.. Turn east and go one mile to V Avenue, go south to 245th Street., turn east and proceed to Lantzkys on the south side of the road. Lantzkys have a Double 12 low line Parabone parlor expandable to a Double 14.
The second stop March 11 is 1:15 p.m. at the Ed Brannon farm located at 28226 W Avenue, Waucoma. From Waucoma go south on W Avenue (also County Road V86) one mile. The farm is on the east side of V86. Brannon has a Double 8 swing Parabone parlor and uses the old stall barn as his holding pen.
Tours March 13 start at 10 a.m. at the Whittle Farms Inc. located at 12530 Bush Road, Volga. From Volga go west on County Road C2W to Bush Road, turn north and go 1/2 mile to the dairy on the east side of Bush Road (C24). Tom Whittle and his family have a freestall housed dairy and remodeled the manure system from mattresses and gravity flow to sand bedded and sand recovery lanes last fall.
The second stop March 13 is at 1:15 p.m. at the Larry and Mark Lamborn farm located at 224 Franklin Road, Luana. From Luana take County Road X16 (Forest Mill Road) north 1-1/4 mile to Harding Drive. Go east on Harding Drive 1 mile. Turn north on Franklin Road and go 1 mile to the Lamborn farm on the west side. Lamborns have a gravity flow manure system with sawdust bedded freestalls.
Each of these tours is open to the public. Plastic boots will be provided for bio-security, but you are urged to wear street clothes.
There is no pre-registration required.