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Dairy Discussions Seminar

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
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Annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Dec. 1 will focus on “Manure Management Practices and Opportunities in Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)”

Posted: 11 Nov 2020 07:38 AM PST

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Tuesday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program is sponsored this year by EcoEngineers, a renewable energy consulting and auditing firm headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The program will be virtual due to health concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s focus is on manure management systems, opportunities in renewable natural gas (RNG) to maximize profitability in the dairy industry, and the benefits of co-locating a dairy near a biofuel facility in the Midwest. The presentations will include a case study for an Iowa dairy and the minimum project size to make RNG project economics work.

The key presentations include:

  • “Supporting Dairies in Iowa: How the IEDA can help,” Shelly Peterson, P.E., IEDA
  • “Successful Manure Systems,” Kris Kohl, Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • “Dairy Opportunities in RNG and Location Benefits” Brad Pleima, P.E., EcoEngineers

Shelly Peterson, P.E., is a program manager with the state energy office, housed at the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The energy team supports many emerging energy opportunities in the State of Iowa, including RNG.

Dr. Kris Kohl is the Iowa State University Extension Agricultural Engineer in Northwest Iowa. His expertise includes manure handling and management plans, composting and ag building ventilation.

Brad Pleima, P.E., is a Senior Engineer and Senior Regulatory Consultant at EcoEngineers and has over 17 years of consulting and engineering design experience in water, wastewater, and renewable energy project work. He leads the Asset Development Consulting services at EcoEngineers.

There is no fee to attend the program thanks to the sponsorship of EcoEgineers. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/dairy-discussions-2020-release  or contact:

Deadline to register is Nov. 30.

Virtual Ag Lenders Seminar

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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Due to COVID-19 concerns, The Siouxland and Tri-State Agricultural Lenders Seminars have been combined into one virtual seminar set for Tuesday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lenders who serve agricultural clients - especially those who work with dairymen across the Upper Midwest - are encouraged to attend as the seminar will focus on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy, plus include a focus on exports and trade issues.

“The agenda this year features well-known presenters who are leading the national discussion in their topic area,” said Fred Hall and Larry Tranel, dairy field specialists with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. “Understanding the current market trends and risks is a necessary part of farm management assistance. Lenders and consultants working with dairymen have the additional necessity of understanding a complex system of milk marketing, labor inputs and federal policy implications.”

The list of nationally recognized presenters includes:

  • 10 a.m. - Mike North - President, Commodity Risk Management Group (CRMG), Platteville; presenting on marketing opportunities from a global view.
  • 11 a.m. - Dr. Wendong Zhang, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economist, Iowa State University; presenting on issues of importance in exporting to China.
  • 12 noon - Break
  • 1 p.m. - Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin, Madison; presenting a dairy market update.
  • 2 p.m. - Dr. Chad Hart, Professor of Economics, Crop Market Specialist and Extension Economist, Iowa State University; presenting a commodity market update.

“These seminars have proven valuable to lenders and financial advisors across the Upper Midwest as a local source for current information which they can use as they help producers manage risk,” Hall said.

The registration fee has been reduced to $50 per person.

Register online at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/2020-lenders-seminar. Or, if you prefer to register by mail, send a check, name and email address to the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Sioux County (400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700, Orange City, IA 51041) or Dubuque County (14858 West Ridge Lane, Dubuque, IA 52008). A confirmation email with the seminar link will be sent to you.

For more information, contact Larry Tranel at 563-583-6496, tranel@iastate.edu or Fred M. Hall at 712-737-4230, fredhall@iastate.edu.

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Virtual Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 8:00am
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AMES, Iowa – Learn the latest information in dairy nutrition and management by attending the virtual 2020 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference on June 10. It will be the same program as in the past, but in a virtual setting. All presentations will be recorded and available to participants for 60 days after the conference.

A pre-conference symposium will focus on how amino acid balancing will improve cow performance. Johan Osorio, South Dakota State University, will cover amino acid balancing in transition cows. Mark Hanigan, professor of dairy science with Virginia Tech, will talk about important amino acids beyond just lysine and methionine. Milo Wiltbank, professor of dairy science with the University of Wisconsin, will be discussing the present reality and future prospects of functional amino acids, especially in reproduction.

dairy cows on pasture.The first Four-State session will focus on factors to improve animal health and performance. Nigel Cook, professor in food animal production medicine at the University of Wisconsin, will discuss practical steps to prevent lameness. Kevin Harvatine, associate professor of nutritional physiology with Penn State University, will examine how daily and seasonal rhythms impact cow performance and Mike Steele, professor at the Ontario Agricultural College, Department of Animal Biosciences,  University of Guelph, will talk about nutritional regulation of gut health and development by colostrum and milk in calves.

The second session will focus on maximizing profit from bull calves. Dan Schaefer, professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin, will teach participants how to realize the full value of Holstein and Holstein cross steers. Bill Munns, JBS USA, will discuss the science behind purebred Holstein beef and Chip Kemp, American Simmental Association, will cover how to use data to select profit focused beef bulls for a crossbreeding in Holstein herds.

Select breakout topics include:

  • Barn design for automatic milking systems.
  • Maximizing milk fat yield.
  • Nutritional regulation of gut health and development, weaning and beyond.
  • How to apply body condition score during transition to improve reproductive efficiency.
  • Using MUN to manage protein feeding.
  • Does feeding rumen protected amino acids during stress help?
  • Clean feed: optimizing health and nutrition.
  • Lessons learned from the 2019 growing season.
  • Optimizing fertility using sexed semen.

For details and to register, visit fourstatedairy.org or contact Jim Salfer at salfe001@umn.edu, or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $75.

This conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

 

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Dealing with a Changing Climate in Agriculture Webinar

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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A free webinar entitled, “Dealing with the Changing Climate in Agriculture: Issues in 2020 and Beyond” will be held Thursday, Feb. 20 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

The program will discuss issues leading into the 2020 growing season and put that information into a larger context of what is happening with Midwest weather and climate long-term.

“Those who participate in the webinar will have an understanding of the current climate and/or weather issues and discover where to find resources to help with decision-making,” said Fred Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We are excited to have Dennis Todey, Director of the Midwest Climate Hub, leading the discussion.”

Todey is a native Iowan who holds a Bachelor of Science and doctorate in Meteorology and Agricultural Meteorology from Iowa State University, and his master’s degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He is well-known across the region as a speaker and media source on various climate issues and is the former president of the American Association of State Climatologists.

The webinar is free and open to the public thanks to sponsorship and coordination from the I-29 Moo University which is a consortium of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, Nebraska Extension, North Dakota State University Extension Service and South Dakota State University Extension dairy specialists.

To register for the webinar, visit https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/changing-climate-webinar or contact Fred Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu

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Boots in the Barn session offered in Mitchell County

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 6:30pm to Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 8:30pm
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Osage, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Boots in the Barn, a program for women beef and dairy producers, in February in the Mitchell County area. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in a dairy or beef cattle operation. The course will be held February 13, 27, and March 5th. Each session will be held at the Mitchell County Extension and Outreach office, 315 Main St., Osage from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The February 13 session will feature Kylie Peterson, Director of Communications and Marketing with the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Kylie’s program will give you the tools you need to help close the gap between pasture and plate by communicating in an inclusive manner while teaching you how to be a Master of Beef Advocacy! Also joining us will be Dr. Stephanie Clark, Associate Director of the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center, presenting “COWtroversies,” topics related to dairy cows and dairy products ranging from on-farm management to food product safety.

The February 27 session will feature Dr. Caitlin Wiley, DVM, and clinical assistant professor at Iowa State University. Wiley will share tips and tricks to help ease calving season and difficult calvings. She will use "Caramel,” the life-size cow model, to demonstrate techniques to simplify pulling mal-presentations to result in more live calves. A special session will be held from 4:30-5:30 pm for youth in grades 7-12 to learn about these same topics and explore career opportunities in the agricultural field. Call 641-732-5574 for further details on this exciting youth opportunity.

The March 5 session will focus on beef processing and nutrition. Michael Cropp, Extension program specialist in the ISU Meat Science and Meat Lab will discuss how beef quality affects processing, how beef is used and also touch briefly on food safety. Lisa Olson, Mitchell County Regional Health Center, registered dietician, will also join us during this session to share beef nutrition facts, labeling and the best uses for various cuts of beef. Recipe ideas will be shared!

Those interested in the program can register 1 week prior to the session by contacting the Mitchell County Extension office at 641-732-5574 or emailing daolson@iastate.edu. The fee for this program is $10 per session or $25 for all three. This program is sponsored by an educational grant by Farm Credit Services of America. Additional Boots in the Barn sponsors are the Mitchell County Cattlemen and Farmers State Bank of St. Ansgar.

The Boots in the Barn program was created after ISU Extension and Outreach staff and Extension Council members in Mitchell County 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 the opportunity to ask questions of presenters without feeling rushed, so programs designed for women alone are very effective.” Mitchell County and surrounding counties have strong dairy and beef operations. Dairy and beef production has a lot in common, such as reproduction and cattle health making this an ideal group to bring together.

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Eye on Employees Webinar Series

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 1:00pm
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Eye on Employees webinars to address farm labor concerns

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host a five-session webinar entitled “Eye on Employees,” beginning Wednesday, Feb. 5 from noon to 1:00 p.m.

The webinars will address the main concerns that farm and, more specifically, dairy employers face.

“Extension dairy specialists often get two types of questions concerning labor,” said Fred Hall, Northwest Iowa Dairy Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Number one, what is wrong with my hiring process? I can’t get people hired; and number 2, how do I close the ‘revolving door’ of employees coming and going?”

Hall said that this five-part webinar series will take an in-depth look at the questions - how to hire and maintain farm employees.

Each presenter will address a certain topic from noon to 1:00 p.m. on the dates listed below:

  • Feb. 5 - Brett Stanley, special investigator with the Department of Homeland Security, will discuss what information is needed for I-9 Forms and what documentation options there are for immigrant employees to confirm they are legal to work in this country.
  • Feb. 12 - ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Management Specialist Melissa O’Rourke will discuss how to begin the interview conversation and give tips to learn the most about the applicant while not breaking the law.
  • Feb. 19 - ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist Larry Tranel will discuss how labor and robotic milkers are not an either-or option for producers and explore the most recent research on the economics of automated milking systems.
  • Feb. 26 - ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist Fred Hall will outline the importance of an employee handbook and give producers ideas on how to create a handbook for their dairy, as well as how to make it a part of their hiring process.
  • March 4 - Melissa O’Rourke will return and outline how employees are often misclassified and the consequences of doing so; plus, other employment pitfalls.

Hall said that at the end of each webinar there will be time allowed for a question and answer session.

There is no registration fee; however, registration is required to receive the link for the program. Register online at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/eye-on-employees. For more information or to register via phone, contact Fred Hall at 712-737-4230.

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2020 Iowa Dairy Days

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 9:30am to Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 3:00pm
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Ames, Iowa – Iowa dairy producers will have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues during the 2020 Dairy Days events hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at five eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 20 and Feb. 6.

“Producers have seen low milk prices in the last few years, causing added farm stress. Our goal is to help producers make sound herd management decisions that are backed by current and relevant information,” said Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We host these workshops for farmers to network, share ideas, and take back management tips to help improve profit margins.” 

Topics will include ventilation options for freestall barns, dealing with farm stress, dairy market outlook, stress and metabolic responses on dairy cows, and group calf housing and its effects on calf behavior.

“This daylong program offers producers an opportunity to hear up-to-date information. They can also talk with our speakers for answers to their specific situations,” Bentley said.

Dairy Days dates and locations

  • Jan. 20 – Windy Tree Café, 101 East Main St., Riceville
  • Jan. 21 – Iowa’s Dairy Center, 1527 Hwy. 150 South, Calmar
  • Jan. 23 – Civic Center, 200 1st St. NE, Waverly
  • Feb. 4 – Chamber of Commerce, 514 B. Avenue, Kalona
  • Feb. 6 – Neumann’s Bar & Grill, 927 Main St., Holy Cross

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program will conclude by 2:30 p.m. A $15 registration fee covers the noon meal and costs. Pre-registration is requested by the Friday before each event, to reserve a meal. Online registration is available. Vouchers for the event may be available at your local agri-service providers or veterinarian’s office.

For more information, contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office or Bentley at 563-382-2949. Larry Tranel, also a dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, can be reached at 563-583-6496.

 

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I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 9:30am to Friday, January 10, 2020 - 3:00pm
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I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series Will Focus on Dairy Calves

Learn about the latest research in dairy calf management and care

AMES, Iowa – ISU Extension and Outreach encourages dairy producers to register for the I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop series, “Prosperity of Dairy Calves,” to be held in five locations across the region beginning Jan. 6, 2020.

“This workshop series will highlight a number of experts who will focus on topics that will help dairy producers achieve success calf management in 2020,” explained Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State University Extension Dairy Field Specialist, who is the program co-chair, along with Jennifer Bentley Clark, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

The workshops will be held in partnership with the Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops, Minnesota Midwest Dairy District 3, 4, and 18 meetings, as well as South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update Meetings.

The five meeting locations are as follows:

  • Perham, Minn.: Jan. 6, 2020, located at The Cactus (43521 Fort Thunder Road); in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 3 and 4 meetings.
  • Brookings, S.D.: Jan. 7, 2020, located at the Swiftel Center (824 32nd Ave.); in partnership with the South Dakota’s Midwest Dairy – Checkoff Update Meetings.
  • Pipestone, Minn.: Jan. 8, 2020, located at Pipestone Systems (1801 Forman Drive); in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 18 meeting.
  • Orange City, Iowa: Jan. 9, 2020, held at Sioux County Extension Office (400 Central Ave. NW); in partnership with Iowa’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update Meetings.
  • Wayne, Neb.: Jan. 10, 2020, held at Wayne State College, Student Center Niobrara Room (E 14th Street); in partnership with Nebraska’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update Meetings.

Registration details

Registration fees are waived due to generous sponsorships; however, pre-registration is requested by Jan. 2 to allow for meal counts and materials. To register, visit https://2020winterworkshopseries.eventbrite.com or go to the I-29 Moo University website at

https://dairy.unl.edu/i-29-moo-university. A registration form can also be requested from Erickson at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu, or Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu.

Workshop speakers

  • Dr. Jennifer Van Os, assistant professor and extension specialist – Animal Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dr. Pat Gorden, associate professor, vet diagnostic and production animal medicine at Iowa State University. 
  • Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach in northeast Iowa. 

Agenda

The workshop agenda will be the same at all locations. The day begins at 9:30 a.m., with registration and refreshments.

At 10 a.m., Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “Why Animal Welfare is Essential for the Animal, Producer, and the Consumer.”

At 11 a.m., Pat Gordon, Iowa State University, will present “Incorporation of Pain Mitigation Protocols as part of your Best Management Practices, as you Disbud Calves.”

At 1:15 p.m., Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “Two Heads are Better than One: Benefits of Pair or Group Rearing of Calves.”

At 2:15 p.m., Jennifer Bentley, ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Field Specialist will provide a “Resource Update of the Incorporation of Calf Care and Handling SOP’s.”

In between each presentation, attendees will participate in Roundtable Discussion on the topic presented.

Midwest Dairy staff in each state will conduct Midwest Dairy Checkoff updates over the lunch hour.

For the full agenda, visit the I-29 Moo University events webpage.

Sponsors include:

Gold Level: STgenetics, Sealpro; Silver Level: FormAFeed, Central Plains Dairy Foundation, Elanco, Automated Waste Systems; Bronze Level: Nebraska State Dairy Association, Alforex Seeds, Iowa State Dairy Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, AminoPlus Ag Processing, Inc., Minnesota Milk, DCC Waterbeds, AgroPur, American Agco Trading Company, Phileo Lesafre Animal Care, Associated Milk Producers Inc., DiamondV, ProAg Engineering, Inc.,Cottonseed, LLC, Trans-Ova Genetics, Quality Liquid Feeds, Pipestone Veterinary Services.

 

 

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Farm Couple Getaways - A Time to Refocus Farm and Family

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 12:30pm to Friday, March 20, 2020 - 1:40pm
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In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, ISU Extension and Outreach is making available four “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 Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15, 2019 at EWALU Stone Center in Strawberry Point. The dates and locations for the other “getaways” are as follows:

Friday and Saturday, January 31-February 1, 2020 at Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah.                                                    

Friday and Saturday, February 21-February 22, 2020 at Lake Shore Center at Okoboji in Milford.

Thursday and Friday, March 19-20, 2020 at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque. 

The “getaways” run from 12:30 pm on the first day to 3:15 pm on the second day of the “getaway”. There is no cost to attend the program as food, lodging and other expenses are being paid for by 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 ten 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 various sites can be obtained from Jenn Bentley jbentley@iastate.edu or at the Winneshiek County ISU Extension Office at 563-382-2949; Fred Hall fredhall@iastate.edu or at the Sioux County ISU Extension Office at 712-737-4230; and Larry Tranel tranel@iastate.edu at the Dubuque County ISU Extension Office at 563-583-6496.

The “Farm Couple Getaways” statewide Gold sponsor is the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation with other local sponsors recognized at the local events.

Brochure with registration form:

farm_couple_getaway_brochure_2019-2020.pdf

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Midwest Dairy/Beef Day

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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In-depth information for dairy and beef producers on enhancing value of dairy steers from breeding to feeding.

Register today for “Midwest Dairy & Beef Day: Enhancing Value from Breeding to Feeding” held on Friday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Iowa’s Dairy Center located at 1527 Highway 150 S, in Calmar, Iowa.

This event is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). This year’s event will discuss opportunities and challenges to adding value to dairy calves and dairy beef cross calves. Producers will also share their experiences from feeding to breeding during a panel discussion. Beef producers, dairy producers, industry persons and students are encouraged to attend.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Dan Schaefer will provide information on determining the predictability of Holstein progeny sired by beef breed bulls. This will be followed by Denise Schwab, ISU Extension Beef Specialist, who will discuss beef bull selection and finding appropriate bulls for crossing on dairy cows. Director of Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension Beef Specialist Dr. Dan Loy will break down the elements of developing an implant strategy. Following lunch, Dave Lawstuen, Chair of Iowa’s Dairy Center and NICC agriculture faculty, will introduce genomics and share the strategy Iowa’s Dairy Center uses to determine the mothers of the next generation of dairy steers. The day will conclude with a producer panel sharing experiences and answering questions about their successful dairy steer programs.

This program is offered free of charge, thanks to the support of local businesses. Please call NICC at (800) 728-2256, ext. 399, to register by Thursday, Dec. 5. More information is available at www.iowadairycenter.com.

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Dairy Directions

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 10:00am to Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 2:00pm
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The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Directions Series Dec. 10 in Sac City and Dec. 11 in Pocahontas.

The series will focus on replacement heifers, risk management, cooling dairy cows and updates on the dairy market outlook and ISU dairy herd.

“After five years of milk prices generally below the cost of production for many dairy producers, the recent spike in milk prices is breathing new life into the industry,” said Fred Hall, Northwest Iowa Dairy Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “However, controlling input cost is the key to squeezing out every penny of margin.”

Hall said that this includes growing only the heifers a producer will need for replacements and making sure they are from the top cows in the herd. It also means keeping the herd comfortable – cooling the herd to prevent heat stress.

“We are just beginning to understand the effect of heat-stressed dry cows on the calf they are carrying and how that effects the calf’s future production,” Hall said. “And while most dairy producers are aware of the new risk management tools available, it is important to remember that they need to fit into the whole enterprise risk management strategy. Our presenters will dive into these topics and give their insights on how to use these strategies to increase margins on a dairy.”

Both days will feature the same program from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., so dairy producers and agribusiness personnel can select the date and location that works best for them – either the ISU Extension and Outreach Sac County office in Sac City on Dec. 10 or the ISU Extension and Outreach Pocahontas County office in Pocahontas on Dec. 11. Registration will open at 9:30 a.m. each day.

There is no charge to attend either program thanks to sponsorship from Dairy Gross Margin, LLC; however, pre-registration is requested to plan adequately for meals and materials. To register for the Dec. 10 Sac City session, call 712-662-7131; for the Dec. 11 Pocahontas session, call 712-335-3103. Any other questions can be directed to Dairy Specialist Fred Hall at 712-737-4230.

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Dairy Discussions

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
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Annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Dec. 3 will focus on genetic decisions and profitability

Posted: 23 Oct 2019 08:29 AM PDT

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City.

This year’s focus is making genetic decisions profitable, with discussions on crossbreeding, pure-breeding, genomics, sexed semen and how to maximize profitability in the dairy industry.

The two key presentations include:

  • “Dairy Crossbreds: Where is the profit at?” by Amy Hazel, University of Minnesota
  • “Application of Genomics and Sexed Semen to Maximize Profits” by Dr. James Koltes, Iowa State University.

There will also be a producer panel which will focus on breeding decisions and profitability. Local panelists will include Eric Van Wyk, Dykstra Dairy, Maurice; Roger Stensland, Stensland Bros. Dairy, Larchwood; Darren Davelaar, Country Edge Dairy, Inwood; and Leroy Eggink, Great Heritage Holsteins, Sibley.

There is no fee to attend the program thanks to the sponsorship of Sioux Dairy Equipment, Inc. and Van Zee Enterprises, Inc. To register, visit https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/dairy-discussions-2019 or call 712-737-4230. Deadline to register is Nov. 27.

For more information, contact Fred Hall, Northwest Iowa Dairy Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

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Two Dairy Field Days spotlight Forage Management and Crossbreeding

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:30pm to Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 3:30pm
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ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The I-29 Moo University is hosting two dairy field days in November. Each field day will start at 12:30 p.m. and wrap up around 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments and SDSU ice cream will be served. The field days are offered at no cost, so be sure to join for a tour of the dairies and in-depth discussions.

Details for each of the field days is as follows.

Summit Dairy - Wednesday, November 13, 2019: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

5564 390th St., Primghar, IA 51245

Owner John Westra will give a tour of the milking parlor, cattle housing, and the commodity and mixing building. Summit Dairy’s breeding strategy will be discussed. Dr. Hugo Ramirez, Iowa State University, will discuss feeding this year’s silage, feeding issues he is seeing and silage pile management.

John Westra and his family purchased Summit Dairy in 2012. They moved from California and jumped right into caring for the 400 cows. Over the years, they expanded the dairy to over 800 dairy cows. The cows are housed in free-stalls and milked three times per day. As part of the expansion, John built a commodity and feed mixing building. This allows feed to be loaded and mixed indoors, which reduces waste and decreases moisture variability in the feedstuffs.

Tri Cross Dairy - Wednesday, November 20, 2019: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

45144 289th St, Viborg, SD 57070

Take a tour of the facilities and engage in open discussion with owners, Tom Koolhaas/Wes Bylsma, and manager, Kris Vander Kooy. They will share their experiences with utilizing crossbreeding within the dairy to create a durable and productive cow herd. Amy Hazel, University of Minnesota, will discuss reasons why interest in crossbreeding in dairy cattle is growing globally, explain the basics of rotational crossbreeding for dairy cattle, and present the detailed results of a 10-year study in high-performance Minnesota dairy herds where ProCROSS cows were found to be more profitable than their Holstein herd mates.

Brothers-in-law, Wes Blysma and Tom Koolhaas, founded Tri Cross Dairy in 2017. They both grew up on California dairies and desired to expand their farms and landed in the I-29 Dairy Corridor, near Viborg, SD. The dairy is named for its Tri-crossed, or Pro Cross breed of cattle, which are a combination of Holstein, Montbeliarde and Swedish or Viking Red Cattle. The 4,000 cows are housed in a 1,200-foot cross-ventilated-free-stall barn and milked in a 100-head rotary parlor.

Register for one or both field days at https://z.umn.edu/I29Moo.

Questions about the field days can be directed to Northwest Iowa Dairy Specialist Fred Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu or 712-737-4230.

The field days are hosted by I-29 Moo University, a collaboration of South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, North Dakota State, and University of Nebraska Extension Services, Iowa State Dairy Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers Association, Nebraska State Dairy Association and MN Milk Producers Association.

 

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Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 8:45am to 3:45pm
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Agricultural lenders will receive current useful, research-based information during the Siouxland Agricultural Lender’s Seminar on Thursday, Nov. 7 with registration at 8:45 a.m. and programing from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Triple Box near Orange City. The seminar will present current information to assist lenders and farm financial advisors in their portfolio management, which is especially important in this era of continued market variability.

Lenders who serve agricultural clients – especially those who work with dairymen – in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are encouraged to attend as the seminar will focus on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy along with the issues of farm technology, new record data and reporting plus tax laws affecting agriculture.

“Ag lenders know that price risk management continues to be a major variable for profitability in ag enterprises,“ said Fred Hall, Northwest Iowa Dairy Field Specialist with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. “For that reason, understanding the current market trends and risks is a necessary part of farm management assistance. Lenders and consultants working with dairymen have the additional necessity of understanding a complex system of milk marketing, labor inputs and federal policy implications.”

The list of nationally recognized presenters includes:

  • Doug Johnson, Moody’s Analytics: “Convergence of the Big Three in Agriculture: Ag Economy, Ag Technology and Ag Experience”
  • Nathan Hulinksy, University of Minnesota: “Combining FINBIN and DHIA Data to Predict Expansion Success”
  • Dr. Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison: “Dairy Market Outlook”
  • Dr. Chad Hart, Iowa State University: “Agriculture Market Outlook”
  • Tom Thaden, Iowa Farm Business Association: “Agriculture Tax Law Changes”
  • Gary Vande Vegte, CPA, CMA, Van Bruggen & Vande Vegte CPAs and Financial Advisors: “How Dairies are Ramping Up Their Financial Reporting”

The Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar is hosted through a partnership between the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team, Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota Bankers Associations.

“This seminar has proven itself in assisting Siouxland lenders and financial advisors with a local source for current information which they can use as they to help producers manage risk,” Hall said.

Registration cost for the Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar is $85 for the first person from a business and $60 for each additional person that has made the registration by Oct. 25. After Oct. 25, all registrations – including at the door – will be $100 and will not guarantee lunch.

To register, visit https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/siouxland-lenders-seminar or for more information, contact Fred Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

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Tri-State Agricultural Lender's Seminar

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:30pm
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The 33rd Annual Tri-State Agriculture Lender’s Seminar will be held on Thursday,
October 24th at the Best Western Plus Hotel, 3100 Dodge Street, Dubuque, Iowa, from
9:30 am – 2:30 pm. This year’s focus is on market outlooks for livestock, grains and
dairy along with the issues of the farm technology, farm stress and tax laws affecting
agriculture.

“Price risk management continues to be the major variable for profitability in many
commodity enterprises. Understanding the ag markets is a necessary part of lender
portfolio management”, says Larry Tranel, ISU Extension Dairy Field Specialist.” This
seminar has proven itself in assisting lenders and farm financial advisors in helping
farmers manage that risk.”

The cost of the program is $100 per person by October 14th.

To register, contact Larry Tranel at ISU Extension in Dubuque County at 563-583-6496 or e-mail
tranel@iastate.edu for registration information.

9:00 am Registration and Refreshments
9:30 am Dairy Marketing and Risk Management Update, Dr. Mark Stephenson, Dairy Policy Analyst, UW Madison, UW-Extension
10:15 am Farm Mental Health and Grief, Dr. Larry Tranel, Dairy Field Specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach
10:55 am Break
11:05 am Convergence of the Big Three: Ag Economy, Ag Technology and Ag Experience, Doug Johnson, Moody’s Analytics, Omaha, NE
11:50 pm Lunch
12:50 pm New Tax Law and Legal Issues of Concern, Kristine Tidgren, Director, Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation
1:35 pm Break
1:40 pm Land, Grain & Livestock—Marketing and Risk Management, Dr. Chad Hart, Grain Marketing Specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach

The program will adjourn around 2:30 pm.

The Tri-State Ag Lender’s Seminar is sponsored by: Iowa State
University Extension and Outreach; University of Illinois Extension; University of Wisconsin-Extension and the
UW-Platteville College of Agriculture. The cost of the program is $100. Please register with Dubuque County
Extension at 563-583-6496 or email lklatt@iastate.edu or tranel@iastate.edu for registration information.

To get to the Best Western Plus Hotel at 3100 Dodge Street, simply follow Highway 20 into Dubuque (which is Dodge Street). The hotel is between Theisen's and Cedar Cross Road.

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Dairy Pasture Walk

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:00am to 2:30pm
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Dairy Pasture Walk to Feature Northeast Iowa Grazing Farm

Participants will get an up-close look at pasture renovation, brush control and the overall economics of dairy grazing.

GARNAVILLO, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program will co-host a pasture walk Aug. 21 near Garnavillo, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Andy Schaefer dairy farm.

Andy has been grazing and dairying for 31 years, and today he has 118 cross-bred cows on 160 acres.

ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Field Specialists Dr. Larry Tranel and Jenn Bentley will provide information on economics of grazing and calf management in a pasture-based system.

Following lunch, Andy Schaefers will lead attendees on a walking tour with a focus on pasture renovation, brush control and sidewalk-style cattle lanes, along with ISU Extension Agronomist Brian Lang, who will provide information on soil fertility.

The pasture walk is located at 25037 Lake Rd., Garnavillo. From Garnavillo, go east on C17 3.5 miles, then south on 232 Street for 1.1 mile, then south on Lake Rd. for 2.3 miles. The farm is on the right.

Pasture walks are informal educational programs designed to demonstrate one or two key areas of pasture management, and to provide answers to common questions. This event is open to all producers who rely on forage production.

RSVPs are encouraged to help with materials and meal planning, but not required. For more information, contact Jenn Bentley at 563-382-2949, or jbentley@iastate.edu.

 

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Planning for Profitability in a Changing Dairy Industry

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 2:00pm
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Planning for Profitability program for farmers and agribusinesses to be held

One-day program will focus on planning ahead while facing shrinking margins in production agriculture

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach invites local farmers and agribusiness professionals to attend a free one-day Planning for Profitability workshop in either Rock Rapids or Decorah.

Planning for Profitability in a Changing Dairy Industry will focus on options to increase profitability when facing shrinking margins; risk management strategies and how they can benefit dairy operations; changes and requirements that ag lenders may be asking for when reviewing loan requests; and a review of the milk market.

Fred M. Hall, Northwest Iowa dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, shared that the program is designed for dairy managers, but all those involved in production agriculture – livestock producers, crop farmers and agribusiness professionals that serve them – are welcome to attend and will find many parts of the program educational and relevant to their enterprises.

“In production agriculture, almost all producers are facing, or will face, shrinking margins,” Hall said. “Our dairy men and women are definitely facing it right now, so the program is geared towards them; however, many aspects of the presentations will be relevant to all agriculture industries.”

Planning for Profitability will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will be offered in two different locations to accommodate as many participants as possible. The program will be hosted at Pinter’s Gardens and Pumpkins located at 2475 State HWY 9, Decorah, on July 31; and the following day, Aug. 1, the same program will be offered at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids.

Key presentations include:

  • Cash versus accrual accounting and how it will be affected by changes in the tax laws – presented by Tom Thaden, Eric Hofland and Reggie Hostetler, Agriculture Consultants from the Northwest Iowa Farm Business Association;
  • Using FINBIN and DHIA data to predict financial success on small-medium sized dairies – presented by Joleen Hadrich, Extension Economist and Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota;
  • The value of a risk management strategy – presented by Cassie Monger, Dairy Industry Specialist with Compeer Financial;
  • Dairy Market Outlook – presented by Fred M. Hall, Northwest Iowa Dairy Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

The program will also feature a panel of local agricultural lenders who will discuss what they look for in the future of ag loans and financial decisions. In Decorah, the panel will include Andy Ludeking, Cresco Bank, a Division of Decorah Bank & Trust Company; Reid P. Mahoney, Freedom Bank; Compeer Finanical and Citizens Savings Bank. In Rock Rapids, the panel will consist of Brad Bruxvoort, First State Bank Southwest; Chris Kayton, Farm Credit Services of America; Dale Vanderberg, Peoples Bank; and Troy Vander Stouwe, Iowa State Bank.

Participants can select their preferred meeting date/location and register online at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/planning-for-profitability, or by calling 563-382-2949 to pre-register for the July 31 Decorah meeting; and 712-737-4230 for the Aug. 1 Rock Rapids meeting. There is no fee to attend either session and lunch is provided; however, pre-registration is required by July 26 to plan adequately for meals and materials.

The Planning for Profitability program is being hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach, as part of I-29 Moo University. The I-29 Moo University is a network of Dairy Extension and industry personnel from Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, who work to enhance a sustainable dairy community along the I-29 corridor.

For more information on this and other programs, contact your local Extension Dairy Specialist. In Northwest Iowa, contact Fred M. Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu. In Northeast Iowa, contact Jennifer Bentley at 563-382-2949 or jbentley@iastate.edu.

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Financial Impairment on the Farm Webinar

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Financial Impairment on the Farm Webinar offered July 30


The I-29 Moo University consortium of Extension dairy specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota will host a Financial Impairment on the Farm webinar from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on July 30. The webinar is free and open to all those involved in production agriculture, specifically, producers and agri-business personnel.


The program will focus on issues producers face during times of financial impairment with emphasis placed on mediation, reorganization options and Chapter 12 Bankruptcy.


Donald Swanson, an attorney with Koley Jessen in Omaha, and Kristine Tidgren, Director for the Center of Ag Law and Taxation and an adjunct assistant professor at Iowa State University, will facilitate the discussion.


“Don Swanson has devoted his career to helping clients with financial impairment, bankruptcy issues and mediation, and Kristine Tidgren works with these issues every day,” said Fred M. Hall, Northwest Iowa Dairy Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “The program will be informational and answer questions for many local ag producers and businesses alike.”


There is no fee to participate in the webinar; however, pre-registration is required. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8368560420001266690. After registering, information on accessing the webinar will be provided.


The webinar will also be archived for viewing at a later date. For more information on this and other programs, contact Fred M. Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu

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Breakfast on the Farm

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
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CALMAR—Join the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation in celebrating National Dairy Month with the 10th Annual Breakfast on the Farm on Saturday, June 22, from 8:30 a.m. – Noon at Iowa’s Dairy Center located just south of Calmar at 1527 Highway 150 South.

Enjoy a wholesome, dairy-rich breakfast of Dad’s Belgian Waffles served with real butter and whipped cream, sausage, cheese, yogurt, milk and, of course, ice cream. In addition to breakfast, visitors will enjoy activities including guided tram tours of Iowa’s Dairy Center, hand-milking a cow, petting zoo, inflatables, corn pools, Story Time with the Dairy Princess and more. New features at this year’s Breakfast on the Farm event include expanded kids’ activities, the 10th anniversary scavenger hunt and farm-themed yoga.

Breakfast on the Farm will be held rain or shine. Parking is available on-site and donations are appreciated. This event is made possible by generous support from community sponsors. 

For more information, visit our website at www.iowadairycenter.com and follow along with the Breakfast on the Farm Facebook event. Please contact Mariah Schmitt, Iowa’s Dairy Center Coordinator with questions at (563) 534-9957 or email at info@iowadairycenter.com. See you there!

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Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:00pm
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Learn the latest information in dairy nutrition and management by attending the 2019 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference on June 12 and 13 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This premier conference will feature information on dealing with today’s economic environment and the newest research to improve profit.

Elanco animal health’s pre-conference symposium will focus on uncovering profit opportunities. Adam Moeser, Michigan State University will cover how stress impacts gut health in calves. Elanco‘s Dr. Mike Overton will talk about replacement heifers. How many, what kind and how do we manage them for profit. Dr. Michelle Calvo-Lorenze will be discussing how we can use welfare standards to improve profit. In addition, Dr. Mike Brouk, Kansas State, will help participants learn keys to maximize whole farm feed efficiency.

Four State conference speakers include Vita Plus’s Gary Sipiorski discussing how to survive in today’s economic situation. Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois will talk about feeding strategies with low milk prices and Albert De Vries, University of Florida will talk about the economics of raising the right heifers. Farmer’s Terry Van Maanen and Hunter Haven farm will address how they have managed costs on their farms.

Alex Bach from Spain will discuss their research on rearing youngstock for maximum performance and health. Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin, will cover management strategies in the era of high pregnancy rates and Rick Grant, Miner Institute will talk about their latest forage research.

Select breakout topics include:

  • Feeding for success: What cows need in their feeding environment.
  • Successfully transitioning the dry cow to the beginning of lactation.
  • Can negative DCAD diets improve reproduction?
  • Feeding high fiber forages for heifers.
  • Economics of cow longevity.
  • Transition diseases and culling: Is lower really better?
  • The ins and outs of behavior wellbeing of dairy cows?
  • Helping dairy farmers to manage stress
  • Beyond lysine and methionine: What have we learned about histidine?

Enogen feed’s post-conference symposium includes Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin talking about the latest research on Enogen corn silage and the tradeoff between corn silage quality and yield. Luiz Ferraretto, University of Florida will discuss new perspectives on fiber and starch digestibility of corn silage.

In addition to the educational program, there is a trade show with over 50 companies exhibiting their latest products, evening receptions and plenty of time to network with other participants. Advanced Dairy CE and ARPAS CEU credits are available.

This conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

For more information and to register, visit http://fourstatedairy.org/ or contact  Wisconsin Agri-Service Association, 608-223-1111, or Jim Salfer at salfe001@umn.edu or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $150 until May 31 and $175 after.

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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://extension.sdstate.edu/event/i-29-moo-university-2019-dairy-beef-short-course


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 .

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Renovating Dairy Barns: Giving them a Second Career

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Webinar On March 22 Will Focus On Options For Empty Dairy Facilities

The Moo University collaborative will host a webinar for dairymen considering options for their facilities if they sell their cows at 12 noon on Friday, March 22. While there is no registration fee, pre-registration is required on-line at:

https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/dairy-webinar-march-22-2019

Presenters will address three topics of concern for making the enterprise transition.

Brian Dougherty, ISU Extension Ag Engineering Specialist, will cover some important engineering considerations when planning for the conversion of dairy barns to housing for other livestock. Advantages and limitations of different designs will be discussed, and examples of dairy barn conversions will be shown.

 

 Bill Halfman, UW-Madison Extension Monroe County Agriculture Agent, will discuss the economics of beef feeding enterprises to determine if they are a good fit for their operation and resources plus showcase spreadsheet tools and some benchmark  numbers producers should consider.

 

Tina Kohlman, UW-Madison Extension Fond du Lac Dairy & Livestock Agent, will present on the economics for farms that are no longer milking but are considering raising pre-weaned calves to utilize their facilities and labor for income generation.

After the presentations there will be a question and answer period for questions from the audience. In addition, the program will be archived for viewing at a later time.

Following registration, a link will be emailed with directions on how to access the webinar. Topical webinars featuring   Extension professionals are part of the on-going educational programs available through I-29 Moo University.

 The I-29 Moo University is a consortium of Extension Dairy Specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Now in its 14th year, the consortium provides resources and education to enhance a sustainable dairy community along the I-29 corridor by focusing on: best management practices, utilization of research-based expertise and resources, and ag-vocating the benefits of a vibrant dairy community. For more information on Renovation Dairy Barns: Giving Them a Second Career, or other I-29 Moo University programs contact your state Extension Dairy Specialist. In Northwest Iowa, contact Fred M. Hall at 712.737.4230 or email at fredhall@iastate.edu.

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 Iowa Farm Couple Getaways

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 12:30pm to Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 3:00pm
Event Type: 

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.

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2019 Iowa Dairy Days

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 9:30am to Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 3:00pm
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Local Dairy Days Feature Profitable Dairy Practices

Producers learn successful herd management strategies based on current research

 

Ames, Iowa - Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues during 2019 Dairy Days events hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 21 and Feb. 7.

“The ISU Extension and Outreach dairy team conducts this workshop to provide the latest research to Iowa’s dairy producers,” said Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Our goal is to help producers make sound herd management decisions that are backed by current and relevant information.”

Topics covered at 2019 Dairy Days will include:

  • Early Season Crop Scouting for Corn and Alfalfa
  • Silage Inoculants – What They Do and Why they are Needed
  • Robotic Milking Update – Management and Economics
  • Hygiene – How Clean is your Calf Kitchen?
  • Heifer Economics – How Many and How Much?

 

“This day-long program offers producers an opportunity to hear up-to-date information. They can also talk with our speakers for answers to their specific situations,” said Bentley.

Dairy Days will be offered at seven Iowa locations:  Jan. 21 in Riceville, Jan. 22 in Fayette, Jan. 23 in Waverly, Feb. 4 in Bloomfield, Feb. 5. in Kalona, Feb. 6 in Holy Cross and Feb. 7 in Ryan. Registration starts at 9:30 am and the program will conclude by 2:30 p.m.

A $15 registration fee covers the noon meal and proceedings costs. Pre-registration is requested by the Friday before each event to reserve a meal. Online registration is available. Vouchers for the event may be available at your local agri-service providers or veterinarian’s office.

For more information contact your local county ISU Extension and Outreach county office or your local dairy specialist, Jennifer Bentley at 563-382-2949 or Larry Tranel at 563-583-6496

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I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 9:30am to Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:30pm
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Register Today for I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series

SDSU Extension encourages dairy producers to register today for the I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop series, Barn Benchmarks, to be held in five locations throughout the region beginning January 14, 2019.



“This workshop series will highlight a number of experts who will focus on topics that will help dairy producers achieve success in 2019,” explained Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist who is the program co-chair, along with Kim Clark, UNL Extension Dairy Educator.



The workshops will be held in partnership with the Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and the Minnesota Midwest Dairy District 3, 4,& 18 meetings and the South Dakota District 1 & 2 Annual Meetings and the S.D. Dairy Producers’ Annual Meetings.


The five meeting locations are as follows:

Perham, Minn.: January 14, 2019 located at The Cactus (43521 Fort Thunder Road); held in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 3 & 4 meetings.

Brookings, S.D.: January 15, 2019 located at the Swiftel Center (824 32nd Ave.); held in partnership with the South Dakota Dairy Producers and South Dakota’s District 1 & 2 annual meetings.

Pipestone, Minn.: January 16, 2019 located at Pipestone Veterinary Services (1300 U.S. 75); in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 18 meeting. It will be held in facilities sponsored by Pipestone Veterinary Services.

Orange City, Iowa: January 17, 2019 held at Sioux County Extension Office (400 Central Ave. NW).

Wayne, Neb.: January 18, 2019 held at Wayne State College, Student Center Niobrara Room (E 14th Street).



Can’t make one of the workshop in-person? Join us on Friday, January 18th via Zoom. Use the Zoom link to join the workshop. https://tinyurl.com/I-29WinterWorkshop



Registration details

Registration fees are waved due to generous sponsorships, however pre-registration is requested by January 10 to allow for meal counts and materials. To register, visit https://I-29winterworkshop.eventbrite.com or request a registration form from Erickson at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu.

Workshop speakers



Kevin Janni is a professor and Extension engineer in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He joined the department faculty in 1980. He works closely with both the Dairy and Poultry Extension teams. He has written extensively on ventilation, air quality, heat stress, odors, biofilters and biosecurity associated with animal agriculture. He teaches an air quality and pollution control engineering course.



Kim Clark is a Dairy Extension Educator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She joined Extension in 2015 and began the dairy extension program in Nebraska. Kim works closely with dairy producers across Nebraska. Her focus is on calf health and nutrition and animal welfare. Kim is a Dairy FARM evaluator and PAACO Dairy Stewardship certified.



Jim Salfer is a Regional Extension Educator with University of Minnesota Extension. Salfer has served in his present position for 22 years. He has been involved on farm research projects studying robotic milking systems and automatic calf feeders. The focus of his education program has been to help farmers and other industry professionals understand the major factors driving dairy farm profitability.


Agenda

The workshop agenda below will be the same at all locations.

9:30 a.m. - Registration & Refreshments, visit sponsors

10 a.m. - Ventilation Benchmarks for Lactating Cows, led by Kevin Janni, University of Minnesota

10:30 a.m. – Ventilation Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion, led by I-29 Moo University faculty

11 a.m. - Bedding & Stall Benchmarks, led by Kim Clark, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

11:30 a.m. – Bedding & Stall Benchmarks Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion, led by I-29 Moo University faculty

Noon – Lunch provided by event sponsors | Midwest Dairy & Dairy Association updates select locations

1:15 p.m. – Barn & Pen Design Benchmarks, led by Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota

1:45 p.m. – Barn & Pen Design Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion led by I-29 Moo University faculty

2:15 p.m. – Hot Wash & Wrap-up

2:30 p.m. – SDDP Annual meeting (Brookings, SD only)


Event sponsors

Event sponsors include: Gold Level: Agropur, NovaMeal, Sealpro, Automated Dairy Specialists, LLC; Silver Level: Phibro, Arm & Hammer, Central Plains Dairy Foundation, Cottonseed, LLC, Elanco, SoyBest, Agri-King, MultiMin; Bronze Level: Stray Voltage Consulting, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, POET Nutrition, American Agco Trading Company, Automated Waste Systems, Nebraska State Dairy Association, Alforex Seeds, AminoPlus Ag Processing, Inc., Kroese & Kroese, CPA, Trans-Ova Genetics, South Dakota Dairy Producers, Iowa State Dairy Association, Minnesota Milk, Gorter’s Clay & Dairy Equipment of Minnesota, Inc., Phileo Lesafre Animal Care, Quality Liquid Feeds, Franken Custom Cutting, DCC Waterbeds, ISO., Zinpro Performance Minerals, ProAg Engineering, Inc., & Calf Star -Calf Feeding Solutions.

To learn more, contact co-chairs Tracey Erickson at 602-882-5140 or Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu or Kim Clark, Nebraska Dairy Extension Educator at 402-472-6065 or kimclark@unl.edu .

SDSU Extension Contact:

Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu

http://igrow.org/about/authors/tracey-erickson/


 


 

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Farm Bill Implications for Dairy Producers Webinar

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Event Type: 

A discussion of changes dairymen should be aware of in the new farm bill will be led by Dr. Marin Bozic, Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota beginning at noon on Thursday, December 27. There is no fee, but registration is required at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1317033906126530819


The program will highlight and discuss the economic implications of five points:


  1. Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers discontinued.
  2. Dairy Margin Coverage program introduced.
  3. Low premiums and coverage levels up to $9.50. Discounts for consistent use.
  4. Partial rebate of net MPP premiums paid for 2015-2018 period.
  5. No more restrictions on combining crop insurance and Title I programs (LGM and DMC

The will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


The program is sponsored by I-29 Moo University and Minnesota Milk. For more information contact your state dairy specialist. In Northwest Iowa that is Fred M. Hall. He can be contacted by calling 712.737.4230 or by email at fredhall@iasstate.edu

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Improving Conversations with Your Lender

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Event Type: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


For more information contact:


Iowa- Fred M. Hall, ph: 712.737.4230, email: fredhall@iastate.edu


Minnesota- Jim Salfer, ph: 320.203.6093, email: salfe001@umn.edu


Nebraska- Kim Clark, ph: 402.472.6065, email: kimclark@unl.edu


South Dakota- Tracey Erickson, ph: 605.882.5140, email tracey.erickson@sdstate.edu


Time To Visit Your Lender?


Things You Should Prepare For Before Walking Into That Meeting


The I-29 Moo University is hosting a webinar on Thursday, December 20 that will focus on preparing the information that lenders will ask for. The “Improving Conversations With Your Lender” webinar will outline and explain the banking benchmarks and financial documents that lenders need to evaluate loans. The webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. and will include time for questions at the end of the webinar.


In addition, the program will focus on improving enterprise expense breakdowns and identify follow-up information that is available.


South Dakota State University Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist Heather Gessner will present the information. She grew up on a diversified operation raising cattle and hogs, as well as corn, soybeans, oats and alfalfa. Since joining SDSU Extension in 2001, she has earned a national reputation providing farmers and ranchers with enterprise analysis, budget spreadsheets, marketing education, as well as estate and transition planning, education and assistance.


There is no fee, but an on-line registration is required at:


https://unl.zoom.us/meeting/register/4fd650ed3fac55f6dc2040ba88984b7b


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information to join the meeting.


The I-29 Moo University is a consortium of Extension Dairy Specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Now in its thirteenth year, the consortium provides resources and education to enhance a sustainable dairy community along the I-29 corridor by focusing on: best management practices, utilization of research-based expertise and resources, and ag-vocating the benefits of a vibrant dairy community. For more information about this webinar or other I-29 Moo University programs contact your state Extension Dairy Specialist. In South Dakota, contact Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist at 605.882.5140 or email Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu for more information.


 


 

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Dairy Directions Seminars

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 2:00pm
Event Type: 

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The Dairy Directions Seminars are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Sac County and Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Pocahontas County. Both programs will be held at the local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office.

Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. A free lunch is included, and the program will adjourn at 1:45 p.m.

“Dairymen in these areas will have the opportunity to have the most current research-based dairy information presented at their local extension office,” said Fred M. Hall, Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

While dairymen in these areas often must travel a long way for dairy programs, this program has been tailored to issues for these areas. 

The first topic on the agenda will be the Dairy Revenue Protection program and other risk management tools, presented by Robert Tigner, agricultural economist from UNL.

“Using risk management tools like the new DRP is one way that producers can protect margins, but few have time to learn all the details of the program, I will cover DRP plus LGM and other risk management tools,” says Robert Tigner.

With the current climate around labor and immigration, there is no hotter topic in the dairy industry. Homeland Security Special Investigator Brett Stanley will share his insights and walk producers through what they need to do to protect their business in case of an audit.

The old saying that “you can’t manage what you don’t measure” has never been truer in the current era of low milk prices and tight cash flows. ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Financial Associate Mark Olsen will help producers understand how accrual accounting differs from the cash system and how it will help manage the enterprise more effectively.

Finally, Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall will give his dairy market outlook.

While there is no registration fee, a call to the local ISU Extension and Outreach office will reserve your seat and guarantee your free lunch. In Sac and surrounding counties, the number is 712-662-7131; in Pocahontas and surrounding counties, call 712-335-3103. Dairymen can also contact Hall at 712-737-4230 for more information or with any dairy question.

Local ISU Extension and Outreach offices will host the program and provide the noon lunch, and Alltech has provided additional sponsorship.

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Midwest Dairy Day-Advanced Calving Clinic for Dairy and Beef

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Type: 

Register today for the Midwest Dairy Day: Advanced Calving Clinic for Dairy and Beef held on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Iowa’s Dairy Center located at 1527 Highway 150 S, in Calmar, Iowa .

This event is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). This year’s event will provide an array of sessions on advanced calving, including a unique opportunity for a hands-on experience with a life-sized cow model. Participants choose to attend one of two different blocks of sessions: one block focuses on dairy cows and the other block focuses on beef cows. Dairy and beef producers, students and industry members are encouraged to attend.

Sessions in both the Dairy and Beef block will include:

  • “Handling Dystocia with Frosty” A hands-on experience with Dr. Caitlin Wiley, D.V.M., and clinical assistant professor. Dr. 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 various techniques to simplify pulling malpresentations to result in more live calves.
  • “First Aid for the Cow and Calf” Led by Postville Vet Clinic Veterinarian, Dr. Kia Knutson, this presentation will discuss and demonstrate ways to provide first aid to both cow and calf around the time of delivery. Providing emergency care before a vet can arrive helps to ensure a healthy start and reduce fresh cow incidences.
  • “Neonatal Calf Care” Presented by Dr. Grant Dewell, Iowa State University Extension and outreach beef veterinarian/associate professor, along with Jenn Bentley, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialist; presentation discusses colostrum management, first-day care and vaccine protocols.

The block of sessions for the Advanced Calving Clinic for Dairy will also include “Successful Transition – Stacking the Deck in the Cow’s Favor” with Dr. Matt Boyle, dairy technical service veterinarian with Zoetis. Dr. Boyle’s presentation will focus on key objective measures that help predict successful transition into lactation.

The Advanced Calving Clinic for Beef block of sessions will also include “Beef Cow Nutrition” with Katy Lippolis, Iowa State University assistant professor and Extension cow-calf specialist. Lippolis will discuss the challenges that beef cows will experience surrounding calving and how to use nutrition and management to ensure healthy calves, successful rebreeding rates and improved performance.

This program will be free of charge, generously supported by local businesses. Please call NICC at (800) 728-2256, ext. 399, to register by Wednesday, Nov. 28. More information is available at http://iowadairycenter.com/farmers/midwest-dairy-day.php.

 

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Dairy Discussions: Risk Management and Labor Issues

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Event Type: 

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The Dairy Discussions: Risk Management and Labor Issues program is set for Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach - Sioux County office in Orange City.

Dairy Discussions: Risk Management and Labor Issues grew out of concerns expressed by the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance (WIDA) board as to the hardships of finding qualified labor and keeping them in a depressed milk market. ICE raids earlier this year and the political climate in general, have heightened stress levels. Discussions will also include consistent labor management and how that relates to cow management, risk management tools, and a market update.

Dr. Hugo Ramirez, ISU Extension Dairy Specialist, will outline the importance of consistency when handling animals and teaching employees the reasons for specific protocols. He will discuss why farm guidebooks and manuals are especially vital in a tight labor market.

The second topic is risk management education, especially information on the new Dairy Revenue Protection program, LGM, contracts and other risk management tools. Ron Mortensen from Dairy Gross Margin, LLC, will lead the discussion and answer questions.

Bob Naerebout, with the Idaho Dairymen’s Association, will discuss responsible immigration reform. His role with the Idaho Dairymen’s Association is to lead the IDA in its government affairs and he continues to serve on various national dairy industry boards. Many of those boards’ primary goal is to see responsible immigration reform successfully moved forward. Naerebout currently serves on the Executive Committees of both the National Immigration Forum and the Agricultural Coalition for Immigration Reform. He is also a committee member of the University of Idaho Latino Advisory Committee and the National Milk Producers Federation Immigration Taskforce. Through his engagements surrounding immigration reform, Naerebout and the IDA have become widely recognized as a leader in the immigration reform debate.

ISU Extension Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall will discuss current trends in the milk market and offer some useful benchmarks for dairymen as they evaluate their enterprise.

The day will begin with registration at 9:00 a.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office located at 400 Central Avenue Northwest in Orange City, and will conclude around 2:00 p.m.

There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office at 712-737-4230. Deadline for registration is 12:00 noon on Friday, November 30.

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Boots in the Barn-A Focus on Farm Communication

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Type: 

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will once again offer Boots in the Barn, a program designed for women dairy and beef producers. The program will be held on November 19 from 1-3 p.m. at the community room of the Commercial Club Park in Dyersville, Iowa.

Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will lead the program, which focuses on family communication. The meeting will also provide opportunities to learn more about attendees’ own personality as well as others, and how it relates to working with both family and non-family members on dairy and beef operations.

Registration for the event can be done online at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/delaware/content/boots-barn-november-19th. For more information contact Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, or Denise Schwab, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, or the ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton, Delaware or Dubuque County offices.

There is no fee for this program which is sponsored by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation educational grant.

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Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Event Type: 

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Agricultural lenders will receive current useful, research-based information during the Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Triple Box near Orange City.

Lenders who serve agricultural clients - especially those who work with dairymen - in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are encouraged to attend as the seminar will focus on agricultural market outlooks, the farm bill, financial recordkeeping and accounting, and insurance and farm safety procedures.

The second annual Siouxland Ag Lender’s Seminar presents current information that assists lenders and farm financial advisors in their portfolio management. This will be especially true in this era of continued low prices and the unknowns of the new farm bill.

“Ag lenders know that price risk management continues to be a major variable for profitability in many ag enterprises, “said Fred Hall, Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. “For that reason, understanding the current market trends and risks is a necessary part of farm management assistance. Lenders working with dairymen have the additional necessity of understanding a complex system of milk marketing, labor inputs and federal policy implications.”

The list of nationally recognized presenters include:

  • Dr. Joe Outlaw, Texas A & M University - 2018 Farm Bill
  • Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University - Milking Robots: Do They Pay?
  • Dr. Robert Cropp, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Dairy Market Outlook
  • Dr. Chad Hart, Iowa State University - Agriculture Market Outlook
  • Larry Wyatt, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company - Barn Safety, Fire Prevention and Insurance Required
  • Gary Vande Vegte, CPA, CMA, VB & VV CPAs and Financial Advisors - Accrual Accounting and the Necessity of Good Financial Records

The Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar is hosted through a partnership between the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team, Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota Bankers Associations.

“Our goal is that Siouxland lenders have a local source for current information which they can use as they begin their annual client reviews,” Hall said.

Registration cost for the Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar is $80 for the first person from a business and $50 for each additional person that has made the registration by Oct. 26. After Oct. 26, all registrations - including at the door - will be $100 and will not guarantee lunch.

To register, visit https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/2018-siouxland-seminar or for more information, contact Fred Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

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Tri-State Ag Lender's Seminar

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
Event Type: 

The agenda this year again focuses on the marketing outlooks of dairy, livestock, and grains along with the issues of the farm bill, farm stress, and the Ag Decision Maker Tool.  The seminar should once again provide fruitful discussion to issues of concern to agricultural lenders.  The cost of the program is $100 per person, which includes handouts, refreshments, and lunch.  To register, please mail the enclosed registration with payment by October 14th. 

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Automatic Milking Systems Tours Feature Precision Management

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 10:00am to Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 3:30pm
Event Type: 

The number of automatic milking systems used in dairy operations continues to increase with over five percent of farms now milking with robots. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team will present a first-hand look at how fellow dairy farmers are managing automatic milking systems in new or retrofit facilities. Areas of focus will be facilities, economics and overall management of automatic milking systems. Nine dairy facilities in northeast and eastern Iowa will be visited as a part of the tour. Two sites will be visited each day on October 23, November 5, November 13, and three sites on November 14.

2018 NW Iowa Corn Silage Clinic

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Event Type: 

Clinic To Help NW Iowa Livestock Producers Improve Corn Silage Quality

Northwest Iowa beef and dairy producers depend on quality corn silage to build profitable rations. To help them accomplish this, the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Extension Dairy Team are hosting the NW IA Corn Silage Clinic on August 28 at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm in Sutherland.

“The NW Iowa Corn Silage Clinic will feature top experts from the upper Midwest with the most current information on topics that affect corn silage and earlage quality and economics” notes ISU Extension Dairy Field Specialist Fred M. Hall. Presentations will begin promptly at 9 am and will break at 12 noon for lunch. The program will adjourn by 3:30. Each expert will be available to answer questions.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Agronomic practices impacting corn silage digestion- Dr. Fred Owens, feedlot nutrition specialist.
  • Silage and kernel processing equipment- Aaron Ostrander, John Deere silage specialist.
  • Silage additives and inoculants- Dr. Scott Dennis, Pioneer.
  • Evaluating corn silage and earlage: What’s typical, Dr. Dan Loy, ISU Beef Center director.
  • Quality corn silage going in and coming out, Dr. Hugo Ramirez, ISU dairy specialist.
  • Pricing corn silage, Dr. William Edwards, retired ISU ag economist.

In addition, there will be two concurrent session featuring feeding corn products to the beef animal with Owens and feeding corn products to the dairy cow with Ramirez.

Producers will also be able to walk through corn silage variety plots and talk with seed company technicians. “In addition, there is a trade show which will allow producers to compare equipment and products used in putting up quality silage,” says ISU Extension Beef Field Specialist Beth Doran.

Registration is $25, with payment at the door. Pre-registration is required for the meal count and can be made by calling the Sioux County Extension office at 712.737.4230.

For more information, contact ISUEO Beef Field Specialist Beth Doran or ISUEO Dairy Field Specialist Fred M. Hall. Both can be reached at 712.737.4230 in the Sioux County Extension office.

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"Treat Me Right" - Summer Management Tour

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:15pm
Event Type: 

Two top producers will share their cattle handling strategies in their systems during the 2018 Summer I-29 Moo University Dairy Tour on August 3.  Topics will include euthanasia, low-stress handling, non-ambulatory animal handling, biosecurity planning and newborn calf care. 

Agenda:

9:30/9:45 - Registration & load bus at Friendly's Fuel Stop, 47159 Co. Hwy 114, Baltic, SD, Exit 94

10:00 - Arrive at Boadwine Dairy, Baltic, SD

12:15 - Lunch and then leave Boadwine Dairy

1:30 - Arrive at Crosswinds Jersey's, Elkton, SD

3:30 - Leave Crosswind Jersey's

4:15 - Return to Friendly's Fuel Stop

Registration is $25.  Groups of three or more from the same operation receive 30% discount.  Deadline is Friday, July 27.  More info, in Iowa call 712.737.4230

Register on-line at www.igrow/edu/livestock/dairy

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Webinar Series Discusses Handling Stress on Dairy Farms

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:00pm
Event Type: 

Webinar Series Discusses Handling Stress on Dairy Farms

Three ISU Extension and Outreach webinars will be held in July

AMES, Iowa – Farming is one of the most stressful occupations in the United States. This is particularly true for dairy farmers as they are experiencing an extended period of low milk prices.

 

To help dairy farmers deal with stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of three webinars that discuss how to recognize the signs of stress, how to deal with dairy farm families experiencing stress, analyzing a dairy for profits, the profitability of various dairy systems and what FINBIN says about production costs.

The webinars will be held at 12 p.m. on July 10, 17 and 24 and will be conducted by extension specialists from ISU Extension and Outreach, the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and University of Minnesota. ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialists Larry Tranel, Fred Hall and Jenn Bentley will present during the webinars, as well as John Shutske, extension specialist with the University of Wisconsin, Jim Salfer, extension dairy specialist with the University of Minnesota, and Phil Cardoso, extension dairy specialist with the University of Illinois.

The topics discussed in the webinars are:

  • July 10 – Recognizing and Managing Stress in Dairy Farmers
  • July 17 – Knowing your cost of production and Dairy Outlook
  • July 24 – Making Production Decisions During Challenging Times

To join the webinars, log onto https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/isuedairy. For more information contact Tranel at tranel@iastate.edu or 563-583-6496, Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949 or Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu or 712-737-4230.

The webinars are sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, University of Illinois Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension.

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Breakfast on the Farm

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Event Type: 

Join the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation for the 9th annual Breakfast on the Farm Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 8:30a.m.- noon at Iowa's Dairy Center, Calmar, Iowa. We'll serve up a great wholesome breakfast and provide guided tram tours of the nationally-recognized Dairy Center. The kids will enjoy the chance to pet calves, plus families can visit several educational exhibits, milk a cow and see robots milk cows. Come join us and see how Iowa's Dairy Center is growing!

This year we will be serving up Dad's Belgian Waffles, sausage and of course delicious dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream produced and processed right here in Northeast Iowa. Donations are accepted the day of and parking is available on-site.

Check out photos from the 2017 Breakfast on the farm here.

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Iowa-Wisconsin Silage Conference

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Event Type: 

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will help host the Iowa-Wisconsin Silage Conference on June 21 in Dubuque.corn silage conference

The conference will feature presentations from both academic and industry experts who will speak on a wide variety of topics related to growing and using quality silage. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists Hugo Ramirez, Denise Schwab and Garland Dahlke will present during the course of the day-long conference.

Online registration is available for the conference. Cost for the event is $50 if registering prior to midnight on June 14, and $75 after that date. Registration includes lunch and refreshment breaks.

The conference begins on June 21 with check-in and refreshments at 8:30 a.m., followed by the welcome at 9:30 a.m. It will take place at the Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel and Conference Center (3100 Dodge Street, Dubuque).

Group sessions will cover quality corn silage before, during and after harvest, characteristics of corn varieties for silage, molds and mycotoxins in silage and pricing corn silage. There will be concurrent sessions in the afternoon, with participants being able to choose between four distinct 30-minute conversations.

The conference will conclude with presentations on machinery efficiency and corn silage safety before adjourning at 3:30 p.m.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions contact Program Services at 515-294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.

 

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Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 12:00pm
Event Type: 

Agenda


Holstein


Wednesday, June 13, 2018


7:30 AM Registration


Alltech Pre-conference Symposium


Sponsored by Alltech

Achieving and ensuring a herd’s genetic potential


8:00 - 11:30 AM


Introduction, Dan Weiland and Brad Rortvedt


Strategies to capture your herd’s potential, Dr. Roger Scaletti, Alltech Mineral Management Technical Support


Mycotoxin impact on lifetime performance from fetus through freshening, Dr. Alexandra Weaver, Alltech Mycotoxin Management Technical Support


The 5 C’s of calf management, Dr. Sam Leadley, Calf/heifer management specialist, Attica Veterinary Associates


Fine tuning your dairy for greater efficiency and profits, Thomas Lorensen and Jeff Johnson, Alltech On-Farm Support Specialists


11:30 AM - Lunch


4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference


General Session (Exhibit A)

Feeding management and behavior


1:30 - 2:10 PM

Improving the prediction of metabolizable protein supply through evaluation and application of intestinal protein digestibility, Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University


2:10 - 2:50 PM

Low lignin forages: BMR corn & reduced-lignin alfalfa, Ev Thomas, Oak Point Agronomics, Ltd.


2:50 - 3:30 PM

Making low-lignin highly digestible forages work on the dairy, Jim Barmore, GPS Consulting and Brian Forrest, Farmer Maple Ridge Dairy, Stratford WI


3:30 - 4:00 PM - Break (Exhibit B)

Visit conference exhibitors


Breakout Session I


4 Topics 2x; 4:00 - 4:30 & 4:40 - 5:10 PM


Beyond IgG: components of colostrum as modifiers of metabolism and the immune system of the calf, Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University


Alfalfa vs. alfalfa-grass: obstacles and opportunities, Ev Thomas, Oak Point Agronomics, Ltd.


Nutrition aspects during the transition period in dairy cows, Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois


Looking back to understand the present: monitoring the transition cow, Luciano Caixeta, University of Minnesota


Thursday, June 14


7:00 - 8:00 AM - Breakfast
Sponsored by Papillion


General Session (Exhibit A)

Information for better decision making


8:30 - 9:10 AM

Producing more milk with more high-quality forages, Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin


9:10 - 9:50 AM

Wrap your head around today's fiber digestion metrics: working to better understand feeds on farm and build better diets, Dr. John Goeser, Rock River Labs


9:50 - 10:30 AM

Impact of individual and combinations of supplemental fatty acids on dairy cow performance and metabolism, Dr. Adam Lock, Michigan State University


10:30 - 11:00 AM - Break

Visit conference exhibitors


Breakout Session II


6 Topics 2x; 11:00 - 11:30 & 11:35 - 12:05 PM


Corn genetic applications to improve silage starch digestibility in dairy cows, Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin


Feeding practices in top U.S. Jersey herds, Dr. Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois


Supplementing fatty acids to fresh cows: which ones, when, and how much? Dr. Adam Lock, Michigan State University


Effect of manipulating progesterone before timed artificial insemination on double ovulation and twinning rates in high-producing Holstein cows, Dr. Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin


(One-time) Feeding and management practices for robotic milking success, Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota


(One-time) Integrating cover crops and livestock to improve farm profitability, Dr. Brad Heins, University of Minnesota


12:00 PM - Conference concludes


Canola Council of Canada Post Conference Symposium


Sponsored by Canola Council of Canada


12:00 - 12:20 PM - Lunch for post conference attendees


12:20 - 12:30 PM

A snapshot of the canola industry in Canada, Brittany Dyck, Canola Council of Canada


12:30 - 12:50 PM

Canola meal, a proven advantage in various diet formulations, Dr. Kenneth Kalscheur, USDA-ARS, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center


12:50 - 1:10 PM

Canola meal for early lactation cows, Dr. Spencer Moore, University of Wisconsin-Madison


1:10 - 1:30 PM

Getting canola meal values right in the formulation, Dr. Essi Evans, Technical Advisory Services


1:30 - 2:00 PM

Evaluating feeding financials, Dr. Marty Faldet, GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC


Location


The conference will be held at the Grand River Center, 500 Bell Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, (563)-690-4500.


Lodging


A block of rooms have been reserved at these area facilities.


Grand Harbor Resort

350 Bell St., Dubuque, IA

(866)-690-4006


Single room rate $95 + taxes; double room rate $105 + taxes. Cut off date May 10. Be sure to mention 4-State Dairy to receive the group rate.


This hotel will sell out, so register now.


Holiday Inn Dubuque

450 Main St., Dubuque, IA

9563)-556-2000


Room rate $95 + taxes for a single or double. Cut off date May 9. Be sure to mention 4-State Dairy to receive the group rate.


Program information contacts


Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois

(217)-300-2303
cardoso2@illinois.edu


Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University

(563)-583-6496
tranel@iastate.edu


Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota

(320)-203-6093
salfe001@umn.edu


Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin

(608)-263-3491
rdshaver@wisc.edu


Registration Information


Registration fee: $150 before June 1, $175 after June 1 and at the door


Includes: registration, conference proceedings, listed meals and breaks. Please advise us at the time of registration if you need special accommodations. Requests will be kept confidential.


Cancellations/refunds


To receive a full refund, you must contact the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association by June 1, 2018. After that date, a $25 cancellation fee will be charged. If you fail to cancel, no refund will be granted.


Registration questions, please contact WABA at 608-223-1111.


Register today!


Early registration fee by May 31: $150

Late registration fee: $175


After June 2, please bring your registration to the conference Walk-in Registration Table.


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Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 8:00pm
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Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference set for April 17

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Sit down with any Northwest Iowa livestock producer - dairy, swine, beef or poultry - and the topic of labor is sure to surface in the conversation.

According to Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist Fred Hall, everybody has the solution for how agriculture can find and keep a dependable labor force, but each has a perspective for the solution that often doesn’t recognize or jive with the issues identified by employees or employers.

To help identify those issues, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall and Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life Lori Hayungs have worked with retired ISU Sociologist Dr. Jan Flora to develop a survey for employees and a survey for employers. Hall and Hayungs are asking farm employees and employers to identify the issues that they believe are most important to bringing employees and employers together for mutually beneficial arrangements and strong communities.

“These surveys should tie together the needs of each - employers and employees - and build a framework for programs that will help stabilize the workforce and build community,” Hall said. “Surveys have been circulating the area with help from local churches and farm groups.”

The distribution and completion of these surveys is all leading up to the Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference on Tuesday, April 17 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City.

Employer Track

The employer track registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:15. Speakers will discuss what community means to immigrants, consistent management practices for people, animal welfare, and creating community for employees in Sioux County.

In addition, all attendees will be asked to complete the employer survey during the noon lunch. Employers who are not able to attend, but would still like to share their opinion may also complete the online form which can be accessed at https://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/nwiadairyoutlook/. Once completed, email the survey to fredhall@iastate.edu.

Employee Track

The employee track will be presented in Spanish and will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on April 17. The evening will start with a light dinner, and the program will start at 6:15 p.m. The discussion will focus on how immigrants understand community, and how employers can build consistent management practices for people that protect both employees and supports animal welfare.

All employees will be asked to complete a survey. Proctors will be available to assist, if needed.

Pre-Registration

Neither the employee or employer program has a registration fee, but pre-registration is required to ensure that enough meals are provided.

Pre-registration can be made by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office at 712-737-4230 or emailing fredhall@iastate.edu. Questions and/or more information can also be requested by calling or emailing Hall.

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Dairy Short Course Series

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:00pm
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The Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, Iowa State Extension and Outreach and Northeast Iowa Community College will be hosting a series of applied workshops for dairy producers, employees and students. The workshops will be held at Iowa’s Dairy Center south of Calmar and will feature a mixture of classroom and hands-on learning on the dairy farm. Mark your calendar for the following dates and workshops:

  • April 5-6, 2018: Dairy Management Software

    This course will cover the use of dairy management software, including Dairy Comp 305 and PC Dart, to successfully manage data on a dairy farm. Attendees will utilize software throughout the course to work through case studies to learn how to effectively interpret data and apply it to a working dairy farm.

  • April 18-19, 2018: Seven Habits of Highly Successful Feeders

    Learn principles of nutrition and impacts of nutrition on milk production and composition. These principles will be put into practice to develop good habits of proper TMR mixing and feed management to ensure cows are being fed to reach optimal production. This hands-on course will teach nutritional management from the feed center to the feed bunk.

  • April 25-26, 2018: It’s Transition Time

    The transition period is one of the most critical times in a dairy cow’s life. From barn layout to metabolic diseases, learn how to manage transition cows to ensure cow health, milk quality and reproduction.

  • May 1-2, 2018: Calmar Calf College

    Help calves reach their full potential through various management practices. Students will gain hands-on experience with calf handling, nutrition, sanitation and colostrum management.

  • May 7-8, 2018: Master Hoof Care Workshop

    The Master Hoof Care Program is a hands-on training program for instruction in hoof care and trimming. Trimming techniques are designed to correct claw horn overgrowth without over-trimming, balance weight bearing within and between the claws of each foot, and finally, create a stable weight bearing surface on all claws. The lab will consist of instruction on knife sharpening techniques, the treatment of lameness disorders including the proper application of foot blocks for relief of weight bearing in diseased or injured claws and practice trimming with knives and grinders.

  • May 9-11, 2018: Dairy Robotics

    Dairy Robotics is an introduction to robotic technology. This course explores North American dairy robotic systems focusing on nutrition, freestall design and the management of dairy cows milked with robots. Additionally, this course will utilize the enormous amount of data gathered on each cow by the robots to develop strategies to enhance robot efficiency through milking speed, milk quality and reduced box time among other techniques.

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I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course Tour

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 8:15am to 4:30pm
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The I-29 Moo University will host its Dairy Beef Short Course Tour on Tuesday, March 27. The tour is an educational pre-event associated with the Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls, and all dairy beef and milk producers plus industry and students are encouraged to attend. The tour includes stops at two feedlots and one auction facility that deal with dairy steers. The $30 registration includes noon meal, educational materials and bus transportation.

The bus will load at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls (1201 N. West Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104) and leave by 8:15 am. The first stop will be Binford Farms Feedlot near LuVerne, Minnesota. Grant and Rebecca plus Eric and Shari Binford have seven children between the two families ranging in ages from 15 to 4 years of age that they hope will become the next generation in agriculture. Binford Farms is a farmer feeder operation with management divided between Grant managing the cattle feeding and Eric managing the farming and trucking aspects of the business. The operation has primarily fed Holsteins since 2002 from 350 pounds to finish with some Holstein calves in the mix. 

Lunch will be provided at the Tristate Livestock Auction Café. Tri-State Livestock in Sioux Center is a diversified auction market selling all classes of livestock and specializing in dairy for over 80 years. Co-owners are Mike and Roger Koedam, Duane Rus plus Jason Spykerboer. The barn is affiliated with Sheldon Livestock and Sioux Falls Regional Livestock. Mike and Rus will outline what they need in the ring to get “top-dollar” for producers selling dairy beef.

The third stop will be Rock River Feeders north of Sioux Center, Iowa. Kent and Sylvia Pruismann, along with other family members, have taken great care to develop the feedlot with special attention to animal well-being, environmental sustainability and the incorporation of new technologies.  The feedlot currently houses 3500 head of cattle in outside yards meeting all federal and state manure management regulations.  Kent is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Board, so it is no surprise that Beef Quality Assurance is the normal mode of daily operation.  All cattle are tagged upon arrival with an electronic identification tag, which is used to track animal origin, health and movement.  Placement weight of incoming calves averages 270 pounds.  The feedlot rations are a TMR consisting of earlage, corn, wet distillers grains and mineral supplementation.  They market their dairy steers on a high energy grid to JBS in Wisconsin.

The tour will return to the Denny Sanford Premier Center at 4:30 p.m.

Registration by March 23 will guarantee a spot on the bus. Registrations with digital payment should be made at iGrow.org.

The I-29 Moo University is a consortium of Extension Dairy Specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Now in its 13th year, the consortium provides resources and education to enhance a sustainable dairy community along the I-29 corridor by focusing on: best management practices, utilization of research-based expertise and resources, and ag-vocating the benefits of a vibrant dairy community. For more information on the dairy beef tour or other I-29 Moo University programs contact your state Extension Dairy Specialist. In Northwest Iowa, contact Fred M. Hall at 712.737.4230 or email at fredhall@iastate.edu.

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2018 Iowa Dairy Days

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 9:30am to Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 2:30pm
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Ames, IA - Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2018 Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 15 and Feb. 1.

“The ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team conducts this workshop to provide the latest research to Iowa’s dairy producers,” said Jennifer Bentley, ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialist. “Our goal is to help producers make sound herd management decisions that are backed by current and relevant information.”

“This day-long program offers producers an opportunity to hear up-to-date information. They can also talk with our speakers for answers to their specific situations,” said Bentley.

Topics covered at 2018 Dairy Days will include:

  • Double Cropping Small Grain & Sorghum Forages on Your Dairy
  • Alternative Forages for Dairy Cows - What else is there besides corn silage and alfalfa?
  • Transition Cow Success - Managing Pain Weight & Milk
  • Dairy System Profit Performance Comparison in 2016
  • It’s More Than Just Checking the Markets - Powering Up Your Smartphone for Better Farm Management
  • Research Update - Speed Round
  • Common Feed Additives for Dairy Cows - What are they and what do they do?

Dairy Days will be offered at seven Iowa locations:  Jan. 15 in Riceville, Jan. 16 in Waukon, Jan. 17 in Waverly, Jan. 29 in Bloomfield, Jan. 30 in Kalona, Jan. 31 in Ryan and Feb. 1 in Holy Cross. Registration starts at 9:30 am and the program will conclude by 2:30 p.m. Contact your county ISU Extension and Outreach office for more information.

A $15 registration fee covers the noon meal and proceedings costs. Pre-registration is requested by the Friday before each event to reserve a meal. Vouchers for the event may be available at your local agri-service providers or veterinarian’s office.

For more information contact your local county ISU Extension and Outreach office or your local dairy specialist, Jennifer Bentley at 563-382-2949 or Larry Tranel at 563-583-6496

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Boots in the Barn

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 8:30pm
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A new program for women beef and dairy producers will be held in January in the Dyersville area.  Boots in the Barn is a three part series for women involved in their cattle operation.  Two time sessions will be offered with dairy topics from 1 to 3 pm and beef topics from 6:30-8:30 pm.


Extension staff in Clayton, Delaware and Dubuque counties identified the need for ag programs for women. “We’ve had great success with programs designed specifically for women,” said Denise Schwab, ISU Extension beef specialist. “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% of Iowa’s dairy herds and 5% of Iowa’s beef cow herds. Dairy and beef production has a lot in common, such as reproduction and basic ruminant nutrition. However, they have slightly different perspectives, such as nutritional requirements for maximum milk production, feed quality requirements, and grazing options. “We know dairy producers prefer to meet during the day and beef women prefer evenings,” said Jenn Bentley, ISU Extension dairy specialist, “so we are offering two different programs to best meet each of their needs.”


Boots in the Barn will be held January 4, 11 and 18 with a snow date of February 8.  The dairy session will be offered from 1 to 3 pm and the beef session will be 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  The January 4 session will feature Dr. Leo Timms on milk quality and udder health for the dairy session.  The beef session will feature beef herd health and a herd management calendar. Both sessions will meet at the Commercial Club Park community room in Dyersville.


The January 11 session for both the dairy and beef groups will feature Dr. Grant Dewell, ISU Extension Veterinarian, and others from the vet school with “Frosty the cow”.  “Frosty” is a life-size cow model used to teach calving management, dystocia, and delivery to veterinary students.  Participants will have the opportunity to deliver a fully jointed life-size calf, and practice difficult deliveries on a model.  These sessions will be held at the Fast Stop shed at 32199 Old Castle Rd. in Dyersville.


The January 18 sessions will focus on nutrition with Dr. Hugo Ramirez, ISU Extension dairy specialist.  The dairy session will focus on quality feed delivery, and tools to measure feed quality.  They are encouraged to bring along a feed sample for discussion.  The beef session will feature Ramirez discussing quality silage and Schwab discussing basic beef feed budgeting and cost control. Both sessions will meet at the Commercial Club Park community room in Dyersville.


Click on Brochure final.pdf for registration details or directly to the Google registration form.

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Dairy Directions

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 9:00am to Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 1:00pm
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The Dairy Directions Seminars are scheduled for Tuesday, December 5 in Sac County and Wednesday, December 6 in Pocahontas County. Both programs will be held at the local county Extension office. “Dairymen in these areas with have the opportunity to have the most current researched-based dairy information presented at their local Extension office” says Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist Fred M. Hall. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. A free lunch is included and the program will adjourn at 1 p.m.

Topics will include alternative forage crops and feed additives presented by Extension Dairy Specialist and Assistant ISU Professor Dr. Hugo Ramirez, plus a dairy market outlook and a review of agricultural apps by Extension Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall.

While dairymen in these areas often have to travel a long way for dairy programs, this program has been tailored to issues for these areas.  “The potential for low quality corn silage is real and dairymen will have salesmen promoting every kind of feed additive- some work, most won’t. Dr. Ramirez will help to sort out the ones that will help your bottom-line” notes Hall. Ramirez will also share what can be expected if dairymen are considering alternative forages.

A dairy market outlook will be presented by Hall, plus he will review some of the apps available to dairymen- be prepared to share apps on your smartphone that you find useful!

While there is no registration fee, a call to the local County Extension office will reserve your seat and guarantee your free lunch. In Sac and surrounding counties the number is 712.662.7131; in Pocahontas and surrounding counties the number is 712.335.3103.

Dairymen can also contact Hall at 712.737.4230 with any dairy question.

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Midwest Dairy Day

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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CALMAR, Iowa – Register today for the Midwest Dairy Day, “Maximizing Production with Improved Reproduction” held on December 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Iowa’s Dairy Center located at 1527 Highway 150 S, Calmar, IA 52132.  This program will provide you with more in-depth information on improving milk production through a variety of practical reproductive programs and metabolic management. 

This event is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, and Northeast Iowa Community College.  Dairy producers, students, and industry members are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Paul Fricke, Professor of Dairy Science at University of Wisconsin - Madison will begin the day with the latest research focusing on developing and improving methods for reproductive management. The goal of Dr. Fricke’s extension program is to maximize reproductive efficiency of high producing dairy herds by applying knowledge gained through basic scientific research to develop practical management programs and technologies.  Following lunch, Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine Senior Clinician, Dr. Pat Gorden, will discuss the role of a cow’s metabolic health and the impact on reproduction.   Dr. Gorden’s work focuses on the applied dairy knowledge of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine.  The day will conclude with a panel of dairy producers sharing and answering questions about their successful reproductive management programs.

This program will be free of charge, generously supported by local businesses.  Please call NICC 800-728-2256 Ext. 399 to register by Wednesday, November 22nd or register at More information available at http://iowadairycenter.com/midwest_dairy_day.php

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Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation Fall Dairy Tour

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:00am to Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:30pm
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The Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation organizes a fall dairy trip annually; this trip offers dairy producers the chance to visit dairies of varying size, management, and equipment.  This year the tour features Sheeknoll Farms, New Sweden Dairy, Bonnie Mohr Studio and Glenmark Genetics, Riverview, LLP, and Redhead Creamery and Jer-Lindy Farms.  The tour dates are November 9-10th. 

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Siouxland Dairy Lender's Seminar

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
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siouxland ag lender seminarAll agricultural lenders will receive useful information during the Siouxland Dairy Lender’s Seminar on Thursday, November 2 at the Forrester Community Center in Rock Rapids, Iowa. Lenders who serve agricultural clients and especially lenders who work with dairymen in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are encouraged to attend. This year’s focus is on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy, long-term weather influences for agriculture plus dairy finances and ag policy. The program begins with registration at 9 am, with programs running from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

“ Ag lenders know that price risk management continues to be a major variable for profitability in many ag enterprises and understanding the current market trends and risks is a necessary part of farm management assistance”, says NW Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist Fred M. Hall. “Lenders working with dairymen have the additional necessity of understanding a complex system of milk marketing, labor inputs and federal policy implications,” continued Hall.

Modeled after the long-running Tri-State Lenders program in Dubuque that has developed a proven record of assisting lenders and farm financial advisors in helping farmers manage risk; Hall notes, “Siouxland lenders will have now have a local source for current information as they begin their annual reviews with clients.”

The list of nationally recognized presenters include; David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago presenting “A Fed’s Look at Dairy Economics”; Larry Tranel, ISU Extension Dairy Specialist presenting “Millionaire Model Dairy Farms”; Chad Hart, ISU Extension Economist presenting “Commodity Market Review and Outlook”; Harry Hillaker, Iowa Climatologist presenting “Agricultural Weather Outlook”; and Robert Tigner, UNL Extension Educator presenting “Dairy Market Review and Outlook”.

The cost of the program is $80 for the first person from an institution and $50 for each additional person that have made the registration by October 27. After that date, including at the door all registrations will be $100 and will not include the lunch. To register, contact the Sioux County Extension office at 712.737.4230 or email Fred M. Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu for registration information.

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Tri-State Ag Lender's Seminar

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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The 31st Annual Tri-State Agriculture Lender’s Seminar will be held on Thursday,
October 26th at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque, Iowa from 10:00 am – 3:00
pm. This year’s focus is on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy along with
the issues of dairy finances, land prices and farm economy issues.
“Price risk management continues to be the major variable for profitability in many
commodity enterprises. Understanding the market and risk is a necessary part of farm
management assistance for agricultural lenders as well”, says Larry Tranel, ISU
Extension Dairy Field Specialist.” This seminar has proven itself in assisting lenders and
farm financial advisors in helping farmers manage that risk.”
The cost of the program is $100 per person by October 17th. To register, contact Larry
Tranel at ISU Extension in Dubuque County at 563-583-6496 or e-mail
tranel@iastate.edu for registration information.

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Dairy Webinar Series "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:00pm
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Please mark your calendars for noon webinars on September 19 and 26. Join the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team as Dr. Larry Tranel, ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist hosts “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”.  These webinars will include how to analyze a dairy for profits and the profitability of various dairy systems to focus on conventional, hybrid grazing dairy systems on September 19 and the organic and organic “grass-fed” dairy systems on September 26.   

These webinars are sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and North Central Risk Management Education Center. If you’d like to join the webinar, log onto https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/isuedairy , or if you would like more information contact Larry Tranel at tranel@iastate.edu, 563-583-6496 or Jenn Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu, 563-382-2949

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Financial Education for Dairy Producers offered Aug. 16 in Orange City

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:45am
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Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Dairy Edition,” a class geared towards helping dairy producers improve their financial knowledge and bottom line. The class will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach – Sioux County office in Orange City.

ISU Dairy Specialist Larry Tranel will present enterprise analysis and information on the Millionaire Model Farm, milking system upgrades including robots, and information on organic and grazing dairies.

Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist Fred Hall will also share updated information relevant to the drought. He and Tranel will both be available to answer questions.

Hall said that the remainder of the meeting will be somewhat informal and will be driven by the interests and needs of those dairy producers in attendance.

“Dairymen and women who attend will receive information on a variety of financial topics useful for all dairies,” Hall said. “There is no fee to attend, but interested individuals must pre-register by Aug. 14.”

To pre-register for the meeting, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach – Sioux County office at 712-737-4230 or email Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu.

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Breakfast on the Farm

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
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Make plans now to be part of this fun family event!  Enjoy a wholesome breakfast featuring Dad's Belgian Waffles, learn about modern agriculture practices, and tour the Dairy Center's 280-cow farm.  Parking available on-site.

NEW this year:

"Ask a Farmer" while waiting to eat

Bounce house, corn pool & photo booth

Donations accepted.

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8th Annual Breakfast on the Farm

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 8:00am
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Join the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation for the 8th annual Breakfast on the Farm Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 8:30a.m.- noon at Iowa's Dairy Center, Calmar, Iowa. We'll serve up a great wholesome breakfast and provide guided tram tours of the nationally-recognized Dairy Center. The kids will enjoy the chance to meet some calves, plus families can visit several educational exhibits, milk a cow and see robots milk cows. Come join us and see how Iowa's Dairy Center is growing!

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Navigating through Low Dairy Profit Margins

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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The dairy industry is currently experiencing low dairy profit margins.  Join Citizens Savings Bank for a two-hour program addressing the dairy economy, dairy management, feed costs and returns, labor costs, issues, and efficiencies. 

The program will begin at 1:00 P.M on June 14th at the NICC Calmar Campus, Wilder Business Center Auditorium.  Featured speakers include Jenn Bentley, ISUEO Dairy Field Specialist and Gary Sipiorski, Dairy Development Manager, Vita Plus and Past President/Loan Officer with Citizens State Bank. 

Informational meeting coordinated by Citizens Savings Bank. 

For more information, click on Dairy Meeting_June 2017.pdf

 

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2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 3:00pm
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The 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be held on June 14 and 15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This premier conference will focus on nutrition and management topics to improve cow performance, and foot and cow health.

This conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

The program starts on June 14 with the Quality Liquid Feeds pre-conference symposium. Dave Barbano from Cornell University will cover how short chain fatty acid content affects milk fat and protein yield. Lance Baumgard, Iowa State University will discuss the effect of leaky gut on transition cow health and using chromium propionate as a mitigation strategy. Other topics include how supplementing methionine during the transition period can enhance  health, milk yield and reproduction and final topic is feeding and managing herds for 100 lbs of milk per cow per day.

Four State conference speakers include Richard Erdman, University of Maryland, discussing DCAD for lactating cows. Paul Kononoff, University of Nebraska, will talk about the importance of water quality in dairy production. Bill Weiss, Ohio State Univesity, will show his latest research on using TMR sampling to trouble shoot herds.  Nigel Cook, University of Wisconsin, will discuss how to prevent lamness in dairy herds and new ways to effectively ventilate dairy barns. Karl Burgi, Dairyland Hoof Care Institue will explain the fundamentals for good hoof health. Pamela Ruegg will share the results of a survey on bedding choice, udder health and production on Wisconsin farms.

Select breakout topics include:

  • Are all clays equal? Clay utilization in dairy cow diets.
  • Amino acids; Roles beyond being the precursers for protein synthesis.
  • Feeding strategies and returns for robotic milking systems.
  • Mycotoxins in dairy cattle; Who, What and Why.
  • Producing more milk using more high quality forages.
  • Feeding and management on top producing herds in Minnesota.
  • Feeding to minimize lameness.
  • Can we feed by-products with confidence?
  • Incorporating pen and feed variation into diet formulation.

Post-conference symposium sponsored by Mycogen seeds will include Barry Bradford, Kansas State, discussing uNDF and the synchrony of intake, rumen health and microbial production. Greg Roth, Penn State, talking about silage hybrid selection and Kathleen Emery, Mycogen seeds, discussing using CornPicker to economically evaluate silage hybrids.

In addition to the educational program, there is a trade show with 50 companies exhibiting their latest products, evening receptions and plenty of time to network with other participants. ARPAS and veterinary CEU credits are available (contact your state veterinary certifying agency).

For more information and to register, visit http://z.umn.edu/4state or contact  Wisconsin Agri-Service Association, 608-223-1111, or Jim Salfer at salfe001@umn.edu or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $150 until May 31 and $175 after.

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Artificial Insemination Training

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 4:00am
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This is a three-day, intensive hands-on class for those who wish to artificially inseminate their own cattle or gain experience to work for others. The class will cover all aspects of bovine reproduction, from anatomy and hormones to heat detection. Support materials such a “Breeding Betsy” and an endoscope will be available for practice before going to the barn. Students have actual insemination practice on cattle at the Dairy Center.  The minimum age requirement for this class is 16.

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2nd Annual Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 8:00am to Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 12:00am
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The Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium will bring together industry leaders to discuss best recommended practices of dairy cattle welfare and their implementation with focus on public relations, community outreach, and interaction with animal rights advocacy groups. The roster of speakers includes several dairymen and dairy managers that will discuss routine welfare challenges observed in dairy operations. The symposium is targeted towards dairy producers, consultants, dairy industry reps, academia/Extension, and veterinarians.


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I-29 Moo University: Dairy Beef Short Course

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
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I-29 moo University Collaboration will host the 3rd Annual Dairy Beef Short Course on March 28th, 2017 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  This course is a pre-conference educational seminar held in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo.

Registration will begin at 10:00 am, with the course beginning at 10:30 am and ending at 3:00 pm.  Topics will include: Vaccination and Implant Protocols, Managing Liver Abscesses in the VFD Age, Marketing Dairy Beef in 2017, Financial Management and Working with Lenders.

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2017 Iowa Dairy Days - Calmar (Rescheduled)

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 10:30am
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Join us for a day long program (10 AM - 3 PM) to hear up-to-date information in the areas of colostrum quality, millionaire model dairies, woodland and wildlife management opportunities, keys to successful farm transition, silage, snaplage, and shredlage, and balancing your SCC. $15 registration fee covers meal and proceedings. Contact Winneshiek County Office more for more info: 563-382-2949

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Start to Farm Series for New and Early Career Dairy Farmers

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00am to Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:00am
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The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will provide an opportunity this fall and early spring to address ways to improve business practices and production techniques, tour successful farm operations, and to form a community to share new ideas and profitable farming methods.

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