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Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Field Specialist, Larry Tranel in this Hoard's Dairyman Webinar discussion producer management and economics of robotic milking systems. In 2017, 15 producers responded to the survey, showing a positive response in switching from previous milking system to AMS systems. An average of 30% more cows are able to be milked with an average of 50% less labor. Production increased 17% while SCC dropped 18%. Feeding and housing efficiencies were gained as well.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Nutrient management and utilization on a dairy farm can provide a low-cost solution to fertilize crops. This page includes resources focusing on optimizing nutrient value, economic returns, manure management systems, manure application tips, manure pumping systems, water quality initiatives, odor reducing practices and much more!
A list of resources for grazing and pasture systems; including management, legumes, grasses, native forages, economics, fencing, watering, lanes, grazing networks and pasture walk schedules.
Housing design can be crucial to milk quality, herd management, and ease of use by the farmer. This page of resources includes information on free stall barn dimensions and design tips, stall surfaces, using water to prevent heat stress, ventilation, fan maintenance, positive pressure tubes, compost barns, and tie stall barns.