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. Read more about Milk Cows in the United States
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. Read more about Milk Cows in Iowa
ISU Extension and Outreach has many great resources to offer Iowa dairy producers, however some remarkable resources have been produced outside the university. Find useful industry resources on this page to provide more information for dairy operations. Read more about Industry Resources
The Day includes:
Farm tours from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - last tour beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Ag Discovery Center from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Learn about: animal care, product quality, and environmental stewardship
Enjoy local dairy products! Read more about June Dairy Month Celebration-ISU Dairy Farm
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
The 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
Dairy processors and plants are located across the state. ISU Extension and Outreach has created and interactive map to help current producers and new or beginning producers find local dairy processors. Take a look at the map and explore each location. Read more about Iowa Dairy Processors and Plants
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
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