Upcoming Events

2019 Iowa Farm Couple Getaways

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 12:30pm to Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 3:00pm
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In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, ISU Extension and Outreach is making available two “Farm Couple Getaways” aimed at farmers wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm or family goal-setting, farm transition or just would like a weekend away to discuss farm and farm family issues.  The first “getaway” will be held Friday and Saturday, February 15-16 at Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah.  The second “getaway” will be held March 22-23 at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque.  The “getaways” run from 12:30 pm on Friday to 3 pm on Saturday.  There is no cost to attend the program as food, lodging and other expenses are being paid for by grants and sponsorships.  However, there is a $50 per couple deposit to hold each reservation, refundable on the second day of the getaway.

Past “Farm Couple Getaways” have proven to be beneficial to farm couples.  They are a very productive and delightful time to discuss items of importance to help farms and families be successful”, says Larry Tranel, ISU Extension Dairy Field Specialist.” Each “getaway” will consist of eight farm couples and our Extension facilitators.  Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis with registrations due two weeks prior to each session. Registration brochures for the Decorah site can be obtained from Jenn Bentley jbentley@iastate.edu or at the Winneshiek County ISU Extension Office at 563-382-2949.  Registration brochures for the Dubuque site, or questions regarding the getaway experience, can be directed to Larry Tranel tranel@iastate.edu at the Dubuque County ISU Extension Office at 563-583-6496.

The “Farm Couple Getaways” Gold sponsors are Iowa Farm Bureau, Dubuque County Farm Bureau, and Professional Dairy Producers Foundation. Silver sponsors are American Trust, Decorah Bank &Trust, and Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank. Bronze sponsors are Iowa State Dairy Association, State Bank—Calmar & Ossian, Cresco Union Savings Bank, Viking State Bank, Clinton National Bank, and Dairy Farmers of America. Read more about 2019 Iowa Farm Couple Getaways

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Boots in the Barn

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 8:30pm
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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Boots in the Barn, a program for women beef and dairy producers, in March in the Waukon area. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in their dairy or beef cattle operation. 

The course will be held March 7, 14 and 21. The March 7 session will feature Denise Schwab, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, who will provide information on understanding expected progeny differences (EPD), sire catalogs and how that relates to sire selection for dairy and beef producers. A panel of experts will provide information on how to apply this information to an operation, specifically addressing dairy and beef crossbreeding programs. The session will be held at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Waukon from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The March 14 session will feature Dr. Caitlin Wiley, DVM, and clinical assistant professor at Iowa State. Wiley will share tips and tricks to help ease calving season and difficult calvings. She will use "Frosty,” the life-size cow model, to demonstrate techniques to simplify pulling malpresentations to result in more live calves. This session will be held at the Waukon Veterinary Clinic in Waukon from 1-3 p.m. 

The March 21 session will focus on vaccine handling and management. Dr. Ryan Hammel, DVM, from the Waukon Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Brent Meyer, technical services veterinarian for Merck Animal Health, will discuss vaccine management including handling in the heat of the summer and cold of winter, reading labels and keeping records to align with the Beef Quality Assurance program.

Those interested in the program can register online. The fee for this program is $5 per session or $15 for all three. The program is also sponsored by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation educational grant.

The Boots in the Barn program was created after ISU Extension and Outreach staff in Allamakee, Fayette and Winneshiek counties identified the need for additional ag programs for women.

“We’ve had great success with programs designed specifically for women,” said Jenn Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Women often prefer to learn in small groups and with hands-on opportunities. They like to ask lots of questions of presenters without feeling intimidated, so programs designed for women alone are very effective.”

These three counties all have strong dairy and beef operations with 25 percent of Iowa’s dairy herds and 25 percent of the state’s beef cow herds. Dairy and beef production has a lot in common, such as reproduction and cattle health.

For more information on Boots in the Barn, contact Bentley, Schwab or the ISU Extension and Outreach county office in Allamakee, Fayette or Winneshiek counties. A brochure with additional information can be downloaded at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/dairyteam/boots-barn.

Tuesday, March 5, 6:30-8:30 PM

Mark and Karen Hosch farm (Jones County)

2374 County Rd. D61

Bernard, IA

A continuation of the Boots in the Barn program begun in 2018 is being offered to women dairy and beef producers on March 5 near Bernard, Iowa. The meeting will be held at the Mark and Karen Hosch Farm (2374 Country Road D61) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The session will focus on vaccine handling and management. Dr. Jennifer Hosch, DVM at the Tri-Vet Associates Clinic, and Dr. Brent Meyer, technical services veterinarian for Merck Animal Health, will discuss vaccine management, including handling in the heat of the summer and cold of winter, reading labels and keeping records to align with the Beef Quality Assurance program.

For more information on Boots in the Barn, contact Jennifer Bentley (563-382-2949 or jbentley@iastate.edu), Denise Schwab (319-472-4739 or dschwab@iastate.edu) or the ISU Extension and Outreach Jones County office at 319-465-3224. Those interested in the program can register online. The fee for this program is $5, with additional funding provided by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation educational grant.

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2019 Dairy Beef Short Course Focus Is The Bull Calf

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:15pm
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Topics for the 2019 Dairy Beef Short Course will focus on how dairy beef bull calves should be viewed as more than a by-product of the industry. As dairy and beef producers continue to experience economic struggles, increasing the value of bull calves can add value for dairymen, feeders and processors. The short course is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 in rooms 1 and 2 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It is in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo.

While parking and entry to the dairy Expo is free, there is a $20 registration fee to attend the Dairy Beef Short Course. The fee includes educational materials, refreshments and lunch. The deadline for registrations are March 20. Registrations can be made on-line at: https://tinyurl.com/dairybeefshortcourse

The program agenda includes:

  • “Realizing Full Value in Holstein Steers”, Dr. Daniel Schaefer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • “Considerations for Choosing Beef Genetics To Use In Dairy Herds”, Warren Rusche, SDSU
  • “Dairy Cattle Impact on Beef Supply and Marketing Opportunities”, Dr. Brenda Boetel, University of Wisconsin
  • “Enhancing the Value of Your Dairy Beef Bull Calf to Meet Health Concerns”, Russ Daly, DVM, SDSU

In addition, a special feature will be a roundtable discussion “Building a Carcass for the Future”. The panel includes:

  • Jerry Wulf, Wulf Cattle, Morris MN
  • Kent Pruismann, Rock River Feeders, Sioux Center, IA
  • Erik Loe, Nutritional Consultant for Midwest PMS, Sioux Center, IA
  • Duane Broek, Select Sires Representative, Watertown, SD

The program will begin promptly at 10 am and will conclude at 3:15 pm.

The short course in hosted by the I-29 Moo University consortium, a collaboration of the Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota Extension dairy specialists. For more information, contact your state Extension Specialist. In Northwest Iowa, contact Fred M. Hall at 712.737.4230 or email at fredhall@iastate.edu; in South Dakota, contact Tracey Erickson at 605.882.5140 or email at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu or Warren Rusche at 605.688.5452 or email at Warren.Rusche@sdstate.edu . Read more about 2019 Dairy Beef Short Course Focus Is The Bull Calf

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