2023 Dairy Goat Management Seminar

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AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Goat Management Seminar on Friday Dec. 8, Historical Village Visitors Center 715 D Ave, Kalona and Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Dordt College-Agriculture Stewardship Center, 700 7th St. NE in Sioux Center. Both events begin with registration at 9:00 a.m., with program to start at 9:30 a.m., concluding by 3:15 p.m.

This year’s focus is on milk quality and functional type animals.

“Dairy goat production is an important industry in Iowa, especially in eastern and northwest Iowa,” said Jenn Bentley, also a dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We are very pleased to continue this educational opportunity with a lineup of quality speakers and presenters to provide producers with practical take home information.”

The program will cover the following topics and presenters:

  • Using antibiotics without compromising milk safety, by Michelle Buckley, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Mastitis Identification and Management, by Fauna Smith, UC-Davis College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Setting Goals: VCPRs and Milk Quality, by Fauna Smith, UC-Davis College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Doing a Dairy Goat Financial Analysis, by Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Hands-on lab focused on improving milk quality: functional type assessment, milk hygiene and equipment maintenance, and milk quality assessment tools, by Trinity Malmanis of Goat-San Dairy Goats, Fauna Smith, UC-Davis College of Veterinary Medicine, and Michelle Buckley, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Justin Korver, creamery update (Sioux Center only)

There is no registration fee to attend the program, but registration is required by registering online: https://go.iastate.edu/2023DAIRYGOAT or by calling ahead. For the Sioux Center location, call Sioux County Extension Office: 712-737-4230 and for the Kalona location, call Washington County Extension office: 319-653-4811. Please email dairygoatextension@iastate.edu with any questions.

The deadline to register for both locations is Dec. 6 at noon. 

A complimentary lunch will be provided thanks to sponsorship from Saputo and Big Gain.

Both programs are hosted at no charge. This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program, Antimicrobial Resistance number: 2020-04197.