Map of the milk cows in the United States. Each cow icon represents about 100,000 dairy cows. The U.S. had around 9,257, 000 milk cows total and the average milk produced by each cow is around 22, 258 pounds.
A map of milk cows in Iowa. Each cow icon represents about 1,000 dairy cows. Iowa's total cows is 207,000 and the average milk production per cow is 22,444 pounds.
Useful Dairy Maps
A list of the breakout sessions discussing dairy beef, nutrition of wet calves, nutrition: growing and finishing, housing and management, feedlot nutritional management, breeding, genetics and grazing, markets and risk management, health and disease management, meat quality and industry perspective and implant strategies. The conference was help November 2, 2005.
Ever thought about going organic or moving to a grass-fed operation? Currently on a grazing system in need of fine tuning? This page contains videos on raising heifers on pasture and a series on beginning grazing to help improve operations.
The ISU Dairy Team is constantly providing Iowa dairy producers information and resources to improve their operations. Monthly newsletters are sent on a regular basis to continue education efforts and inform farmers on timely topics. On this page is a list of Newsletter pdf's and eNewsletters for viewing. If you are intersted in having dairy news sent right to your inbox, sign-up here!
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team has compiled budgets available to the public.These budgets were prepared as financial decision making tools to current and beginning dairy farmers. Budgets represent conventional, organic and pasture operations.
With any livestock operation, humane care and animal well-being is not be ignored. This page lists resources on burial options, dairy composting, incineration and land filling, euthanasia, and master hoof care workshops.
Predictive Equations of Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) provides an estimate of the quality, measured as Relative Feed Value (RFV), of a crop of first cutting alfalfa standing in the field. Typically, the RFV of first crop alfalfa will decline 3 – 5 points per day as the crop matures. Under the best conditions, 10 to 20% of the forage dry matter will be lost at harvest. This amounts to approximately 15 RFV points for haylage and 25 RFV points for hay. Therefore, to end up with 150 RFV alfalfa, which is the minimum quality recommended for high producing lactating dairy cows, you should harvest the crop when PEAQ measurements predict a RFV of 165 to 175 for the standing forage.
Dry and transition cows are inevitable on a dairy farm. Resources are available on this page that cover feeding and managing dry cows, vaccination protocols and programs, transition cow facilities, calving process and assistance, day of calving procedures, and transition cow troubleshooting.