Upcoming Events

Monthly Dairy Webinar: Climate Update for 2021 Season

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues on Wednesday, January 20 from 12 noon to 1 pm. This program will focus on the climate and weather predictions for the 2021 growing season. Dennis Todey, director of the USDA Climate Hub in Ames, Iowa will make the presentation.

Dennis Todey is the Director of the Midwest Climate Hub in Ames. He is a native Iowan with his BS and PhD from Iowa State in Meteorology and Agricultural Meteorology. He has spent two stints in South Dakota, first completing his MS at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and most recently as Associate Professor and State Climatologist for South Dakota at South Dakota State University. He is well known regionally as a speaker and media source on various climate issues and is the former president of the American Association of State Climatologists.

Producers, dairy consultants and industry representatives can attend the webinar at:

https://iastate.zoom.us/my/dairyteamfredprogram

No registration is required and there is no fee.

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Virtual Boots in the Barn Offered for Dairy Women

Friday, January 22, 2021 - 2:44pm to Friday, February 5, 2021 - 2:44pm
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Virtual Boots in the Barn Being Offered for Dairy Women

Three-part series for women involved in the dairy industry begins Jan. 22

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Boots in the Barn virtually, a program for women dairy producers. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in a dairy operation or industry and will be held as a webinar series. 

boots in the barn.The webinars will be held Jan. 22 and 29, and Feb. 5, via ZOOM from noon to 1:15 p.m.

The Jan. 22 session will feature Sarah Adcock, assistant professor in animal welfare research/teaching at the University of Wisconsin. Adcock will discuss pain management for disbudding and steps producers can take to stay ahead of consumer concerns and changing industry standards for this procedure.

On Jan. 29, Emily Krekelberg, farm safety and health extension educator at the University of Minnesota, will present “A Better Farm Starts with a Better You.” With low commodity prices, high debt loads and challenging weather in recent years, farm families are experiencing a high amount of stress. The COVID-19 pandemic added an unprecedented set of circumstances to already stressful conditions on many farms. Some days, it can seem impossible to stay above it all.

Krekelberg will interact with the group about wellness, self-care and strategies to help yourself and others cope with stress.

The third webinar will be held on Feb. 5 and include a panel of dairy women sharing their own personal dairy hacks, tips and tricks, from managing to owning and working in the industry. Find how out these three women take care of their animals and balance life. Bring your own ideas and join in the discussion of sharing dairy farm tips and tricks.

There is no fee for this program; however, registration is required. Register in advance for this meeting: https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlc-qrqjoqGNTHMDSYCIkCj8BDFZHHgzdA

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The program is also sponsored by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation educational grant.

“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.”

For more information on Boots in the Barn, contact Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949.

 

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Virtual Dairy Day

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:30pm
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Virtual Dairy Day to Feature Profitable Practices

 

Timely updates on dairy issues

 

AMES, Iowa – Dairy producers and the industry will have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues during Virtual Dairy Day hosted by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“Producers and industry partners will have a chance to hear about current and relevant information to help them make sound management decisions.” said Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “This workshop is traditionally in-person for farmers to network and share ideas. Due to COVID-19 concerns, this will be a virtual workshop to network, connect and ask questions.”

The agenda for the virtual day includes:

  • 10 a.m. – Opening Remarks.
  • 10:05 a.m. – “Making the Most of your Manure Nutrients”, Brian Dougherty, ag engineer with ISU Extension and Outreach.
  • 10:45 a.m. – “Think Outside the Box; Cocktail Mixes, Milking Frequencies, and Grazing Heifers”, Wisconsin Dairy Farmer, Josh Tranel.
  • 11:20 a.m. – “Mindset Tactics to Improve Brain and Behavioral Health”, Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
  • Noon – Virtual Lunch Break.
  • 12:15 p.m. – “Milk Market Update”, Fred Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
  • 12:55 p.m. – “Iowa’s Dairy Industry and Economic Impact”, Jenn Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

 

There is no fee to register; however, pre-registration is required to receive the ZOOM link.  Online registration is available at:  http://www.aep.iastate.edu/dairy Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office or Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949; Tranel at tranel@iastate.edu or 563-583-6496; or Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu or 712-737-4230.

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Boots in the Barn for Cattlewomen

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 3:00pm
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EMMETSBURG, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Palo Alto County and Iowa Lakes Community College have teamed up to host Boots in the Barn, a program for women beef and dairy producers.

 

Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in a dairy or beef operation and/or industry and will be held at the Iowa Lakes Community College Farm in Emmetsburg. The sessions will be held Feb. 10, Feb. 24 and March 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

“We’ve had great success with [agriculture] 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… Programs designed for women alone are very effective.”

 

The Feb. 10 session will feature Dr. Caitlyn Messerschmidt, veterinarian at Iowa State University. Dr. Messerschmidt will guide participants using Frosty (a life-size cow model), practicing putting chains on a calf to pull it and learning how to assist a cow in calving. Other topics include immediate calf care and colostrum. This session is sponsored in-part by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation educational grant.

 

On Feb. 24, ISU Extension and Outreach beef and dairy specialists and Iowa Lakes Community College instructors will lead participants in how to help calves nurse, selecting colostrum products, mixing milk replacers and how to wean calves from milk and start them on dry feed. Participants will view both maternal and calf housing.

 

The third session will be held on March 10 and cover health basics and how to determine whether an animal is healthy or unhealthy. Activities include handling medicines and vaccines, giving injections, safety in working cattle and two national programs, Beef Quality Assurance and Farmers Assuring Responsible Management. These sessions will be led by ISU Extension and Outreach and Iowa Lakes Community College staff.

 

There is a $15 fee for this program and pre-registration is required. Register online at www.bit.ly/bootsinthebarn by Saturday, Feb. 6, at which time registration closes.

For more information on Boots in the Barn, contact Jamie Neff at jblaser@iastate.edu or 712-852-2865.

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