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. Read more about Managing & Marketing Quality Holstein Steers Proceedings
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. Read more about Grazing and Organic
The profitable production of high quality milk is the ultimate goal of most dairy farms. Quality can be hindered by a number of factors but a major concern includes mastitis. Resources on mastitis and milk quality can be found on this page. Read more about Milk Quality
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. Read more about Humane Care and Euthanasia
Join us for a first-hand look at how fellow dairy farmers are managing pre-weaned calves using technology. These include automatic calf feeders, pasteurizers, and milk cooling systems. Basic sanitation, equipment hygiene, housing and ventilation will be discussed. Read more about Automatic Calf Feeder Field Day
Genetics, reproduction and artificial insemination is important on a dairy farm. Genetics can determine a cow's milk supply, reproduction can increase milk yield among the heard and artificial insemination is considered industry standard. Find resources on all three topics on this page. Read more about Genetics and Reproduction
Not all dairies have cows although it is common. This page provides information on unconventional dairies that house dairy goats and dairy sheep. Find resources on production and management best practices from other universities. Read more about Dairy Goats and Sheep
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.