Upcoming Events

Dairy Technology Webinar Series

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 12:00pm
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“Mooving Forward with Dairy Technology”

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a webinar series focused on implementing dairy technology on the farm. The webinars will provide information on economics, facility design and management practices.

The webinars will be held on Thursdays (March 25, April 8, April 19, and May 6) via ZOOM from noon to 1:15 p.m.

The March 25 session will feature information on using time-lapse cameras to identify dairy facility design and management issues that impact performance. The webinar will be led by Brian Dougherty, field ag engineer at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Dan McFarland, Penn State Extension ag engineering educator.

On April 8, Fred Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, in northwest Iowa, will lead the discussion focusing on sensor technology.

James Koltes, assistant professor in animal science at Iowa State, will outline how the university dairy uses two different systems and how he uses sensory devices in his research on the dairy. Industry reps and producers will also share their experience with their monitoring devices.

The third webinar will be held on April 22 and will include Brian Dougherty providing facility layout recommendations for successful implementation of automatic milking systems into new or existing facilities. Dougherty will be joined by Iowa State Dairy Specialist Larry Tranel, and a University of Minnesota dairy educator as they discuss economics of robotic milking systems and recommended management practices to make implementation successful.

The fourth and final webinar will be held on May 6 with the focus on automatic calf feeder management. Jenn Bentley, northeast dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will provide recommendations for successful management of automatic calf feeders. Bentley will be joined by Gail Carpenter, Iowa State assistant professor in animal science, as she talks about feeding practices within auto feeders. Dougherty will also provide information on calf facility design.

There is no fee for the program. However, registration is required. Register in advance at: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/dairy-tech

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

“This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28586.”

“Technology is becoming more commonly used in dairy facilities as a way to improve labor efficiency and flexibility, boost production, and enhance overall health and management of cows and calves,” said Jenn Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “These webinars will provide ways to utilize technology successfully and effectively.”

For more information on the webinar series, contact Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949. Dougherty can be reached at brian1@iastate.edu or 563-583-6496; and Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu or 712-737-4230.

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Dairy Technology Field Day

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:30am to 2:30pm
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Dairy technology field day to be held on Wednesday April 14th

Two dairy farms will be featured for tours

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team is hosting a field day focused on dairy technology on the farm. The April 14th field day will feature two farm visits where attendees can see automated feeding and milking system technology in action and learn about calf barn management, ventilation, and feeding calves with a milk taxi.

The first farm visit will be from 10:30 AM to noon at Honey Creek Dairy, 1636 400th St. Strawberry Point, Iowa. Honey Creek Dairy recently installed a Lely Vector automated feeding system as well as three Lely Astronaut automated milking units. Co-owner Dan Venteicher will be on hand to explain how the automated feeding system works and answer questions about the new facilities and equipment.

The second farm visit will be from 1-2:30 PM at the Putz family dairy at 1368 310th Ave. New Vienna, Iowa. Two years ago, the Putz family built a new naturally ventilated calf barn with individual pens and a supplemental positive pressure tube ventilation system. The facility also utilizes a milk taxi system for feeding calves. Brad Putz will be available to discuss how the milk taxi works and answer questions about the facility. A fogger demonstration will be performed on the ventilation system at 1:45 PM.

“Technology is becoming more commonly used on dairy farms as a way to improve labor efficiency and flexibility, boost production, and enhance overall health and management of cows and calves.” said Jenn Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “This field day will give producers a chance to see new technologies and facilities in person and have their questions answered”.

Attendees are asked to please practice social distancing at the farms. Lunch will be on your own between the two farm visits. There is no fee for the field day, but RSVP’s are appreciated. If you have questions or would like to RSVP, contact Brian Dougherty brian1@iastate.edu 563-239-7070 or Jenn Bentley jbentley@iastate.edu 563-382-2949.

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28586.

 

Making the Most of your 2021 Alfalfa Crop Webinar

Wednesday, April 21, 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, April 21 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. This month’s webinar will focus on making the most of the 2021 alfalfa crop.

Long-time ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist in Northwest Iowa Joel DeJong will present an outlook for the 2021 alfalfa crop. He will review stand evaluation, fertilizer, and pest threats, as well as discuss how to use Predictive Equations of Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) to determine when to harvest the highest-quality forage.

“Dairy producers, and all livestock producers really, rely on quality forage to help their herds maximize profits,” said Fred Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “That is why we encourage producers, dairy consultants and related industry reps to attend this webinar.”

As always, there is no fee or registration needed to participate in the monthly dairy webinars. Interested individuals may join the program live at https://iastate.zoom.us/my/dairyteamfredprogram.

For more information, contact Fred Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

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