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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. Read more about Breakfast on the Farm

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Iowa Dairy Industry

brown cow in head gateThe Iowa dairy industry has historically been important in Iowa and remains so yet today as the fifth largest sector of Iowa agriculture. Each cow in Iowa generates $23,445 of economic impact and value to a community. Iowa's dairy industry is important and this page provides a few resources on economic impact and production averages. Read more about Iowa Dairy Industry

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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 Read more about Midwest Dairy Day

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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. Read more about Dairy Directions

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