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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.


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


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.


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 or contact  Wisconsin Agri-Service Association, 608-223-1111, or Jim Salfer at or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $150 until May 31 and $175 after.


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.


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.


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!