This is a three-day, intensive hands-on class for those who wish to artificially inseminate their own cattle or gain experience to work for others. The class will cover all aspects of bovine reproduction, from anatomy and hormones to heat detection. Support materials such a “Breeding Betsy” and an endoscope will be available for practice before going to the barn. Students have actual insemination practice on cattle at the Dairy Center. The minimum age requirement for this class is 16.
The I-29 Moo University will host its Dairy Beef Short Course Tour on Tuesday, March 27. The tour is an educational pre-event associated with the Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls, and all dairy beef and milk producers plus industry and students are encouraged to attend. The tour includes stops at two feedlots and one auction facility that deal with dairy steers. The $30 registration includes noon meal, educational materials and bus transportation.
The bus will load at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls (1201 N. West Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104) and leave by 8:15 am. The first stop will be Binford Farms Feedlot near LuVerne, Minnesota. Grant and Rebecca plus Eric and Shari Binford have seven children between the two families ranging in ages from 15 to 4 years of age that they hope will become the next generation in agriculture. Binford Farms is a farmer feeder operation with management divided between Grant managing the cattle feeding and Eric managing the farming and trucking aspects of the business. The operation has primarily fed Holsteins since 2002 from 350 pounds to finish with some Holstein calves in the mix.
Lunch will be provided at the Tristate Livestock Auction Café. Tri-State Livestock in Sioux Center is a diversified auction market selling all classes of livestock and specializing in dairy for over 80 years. Co-owners are Mike and Roger Koedam, Duane Rus plus Jason Spykerboer. The barn is affiliated with Sheldon Livestock and Sioux Falls Regional Livestock. Mike and Rus will outline what they need in the ring to get “top-dollar” for producers selling dairy beef.
The third stop will be Rock River Feeders north of Sioux Center, Iowa. Kent and Sylvia Pruismann, along with other family members, have taken great care to develop the feedlot with special attention to animal well-being, environmental sustainability and the incorporation of new technologies. The feedlot currently houses 3500 head of cattle in outside yards meeting all federal and state manure management regulations. Kent is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Board, so it is no surprise that Beef Quality Assurance is the normal mode of daily operation. All cattle are tagged upon arrival with an electronic identification tag, which is used to track animal origin, health and movement. Placement weight of incoming calves averages 270 pounds. The feedlot rations are a TMR consisting of earlage, corn, wet distillers grains and mineral supplementation. They market their dairy steers on a high energy grid to JBS in Wisconsin.
The tour will return to the Denny Sanford Premier Center at 4:30 p.m.
Registration by March 23 will guarantee a spot on the bus. Registrations with digital payment should be made at iGrow.org.
The I-29 Moo University is a consortium of Extension Dairy Specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Now in its 13th 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 the dairy beef tour 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 email@example.com.
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.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will once again offer Boots in the Barn, a program designed for women dairy and beef producers. The program will be held on November 19 from 1-3 p.m. at the community room of the Commercial Club Park in Dyersville, Iowa.
Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will lead the program, which focuses on family communication. The meeting will also provide opportunities to learn more about attendees’ own personality as well as others, and how it relates to working with both family and non-family members on dairy and beef operations.
Registration for the event can be done online at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/delaware/content/boots-barn-november-19th. For more information contact Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, or Denise Schwab, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, or the ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton, Delaware or Dubuque County offices.
There is no fee for this program which is sponsored by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation educational grant.
Register today for the Midwest Dairy Day: Advanced Calving Clinic for Dairy and Beef held on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Iowa’s Dairy Center located at 1527 Highway 150 S, in Calmar, Iowa .
This event is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). This year’s event will provide an array of sessions on advanced calving, including a unique opportunity for a hands-on experience with a life-sized cow model. Participants choose to attend one of two different blocks of sessions: one block focuses on dairy cows and the other block focuses on beef cows. Dairy and beef producers, students and industry members are encouraged to attend.
Sessions in both the Dairy and Beef block will include:
- “Handling Dystocia with Frosty” A hands-on experience with Dr. Caitlin Wiley, D.V.M., and clinical assistant professor. Dr. Wiley will share tips and tricks to help ease calving season and difficult calvings. She will use "Frosty,” the life-size cow model to demonstrate various techniques to simplify pulling malpresentations to result in more live calves.
- “First Aid for the Cow and Calf” Led by Postville Vet Clinic Veterinarian, Dr. Kia Knutson, this presentation will discuss and demonstrate ways to provide first aid to both cow and calf around the time of delivery. Providing emergency care before a vet can arrive helps to ensure a healthy start and reduce fresh cow incidences.
- “Neonatal Calf Care” Presented by Dr. Grant Dewell, Iowa State University Extension and outreach beef veterinarian/associate professor, along with Jenn Bentley, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialist; presentation discusses colostrum management, first-day care and vaccine protocols.
The block of sessions for the Advanced Calving Clinic for Dairy will also include “Successful Transition – Stacking the Deck in the Cow’s Favor” with Dr. Matt Boyle, dairy technical service veterinarian with Zoetis. Dr. Boyle’s presentation will focus on key objective measures that help predict successful transition into lactation.
The Advanced Calving Clinic for Beef block of sessions will also include “Beef Cow Nutrition” with Katy Lippolis, Iowa State University assistant professor and Extension cow-calf specialist. Lippolis will discuss the challenges that beef cows will experience surrounding calving and how to use nutrition and management to ensure healthy calves, successful rebreeding rates and improved performance.
This program will be free of charge, generously supported by local businesses. Please call NICC at (800) 728-2256, ext. 399, to register by Wednesday, Nov. 28. More information is available at http://iowadairycenter.com/farmers/midwest-dairy-day.php.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Boots in the Barn, a program for women beef and dairy producers, in March in the Waukon area. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in their dairy or beef cattle operation.
The course will be held March 7, 14 and 21. The March 7 session will feature Denise Schwab, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, who will provide information on understanding expected progeny differences (EPD), sire catalogs and how that relates to sire selection for dairy and beef producers. A panel of experts will provide information on how to apply this information to an operation, specifically addressing dairy and beef crossbreeding programs. The session will be held at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Waukon from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The March 14 session will feature Dr. Caitlin Wiley, DVM, and clinical assistant professor at Iowa State. Wiley will share tips and tricks to help ease calving season and difficult calvings. She will use "Frosty,” the life-size cow model, to demonstrate techniques to simplify pulling malpresentations to result in more live calves. This session will be held at the Waukon Veterinary Clinic in Waukon from 1-3 p.m.
The March 21 session will focus on vaccine handling and management. Dr. Ryan Hammel, DVM, from the Waukon Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Brent Meyer, technical services veterinarian for Merck Animal Health, will discuss vaccine management including handling in the heat of the summer and cold of winter, reading labels and keeping records to align with the Beef Quality Assurance program.
Those interested in the program can register online. The fee for this program is $5 per session or $15 for all three. The program is also sponsored by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation educational grant.
The Boots in the Barn program was created after ISU Extension and Outreach staff in Allamakee, Fayette and Winneshiek counties identified the need for additional ag programs for women.
“We’ve had great success with programs designed specifically for women,” said Jenn Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “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 percent of Iowa’s dairy herds and 25 percent of the state’s beef cow herds. Dairy and beef production has a lot in common, such as reproduction and cattle health.
For more information on Boots in the Barn, contact Bentley, Schwab or the ISU Extension and Outreach county office in Allamakee, Fayette or Winneshiek counties. A brochure with additional information can be downloaded at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/dairyteam/boots-barn.
Tuesday, March 5, 6:30-8:30 PM
Mark and Karen Hosch farm (Jones County)
2374 County Rd. D61
A continuation of the Boots in the Barn program begun in 2018 is being offered to women dairy and beef producers on March 5 near Bernard, Iowa. The meeting will be held at the Mark and Karen Hosch Farm (2374 Country Road D61) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The session will focus on vaccine handling and management. Dr. Jennifer Hosch, DVM at the Tri-Vet Associates Clinic, and Dr. Brent Meyer, technical services veterinarian for Merck Animal Health, will discuss vaccine management, including handling in the heat of the summer and cold of winter, reading labels and keeping records to align with the Beef Quality Assurance program.
For more information on Boots in the Barn, contact Jennifer Bentley (563-382-2949 or firstname.lastname@example.org), Denise Schwab (319-472-4739 or email@example.com) or the ISU Extension and Outreach Jones County office at 319-465-3224. Those interested in the program can register online. The fee for this program is $5, with additional funding provided by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation educational grant.
Register Today for I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series
SDSU Extension encourages dairy producers to register today for the I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop series, Barn Benchmarks, to be held in five locations throughout the region beginning January 14, 2019.
“This workshop series will highlight a number of experts who will focus on topics that will help dairy producers achieve success in 2019,” explained Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist who is the program co-chair, along with Kim Clark, UNL Extension Dairy Educator.
The workshops will be held in partnership with the Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and the Minnesota Midwest Dairy District 3, 4,& 18 meetings and the South Dakota District 1 & 2 Annual Meetings and the S.D. Dairy Producers’ Annual Meetings.
The five meeting locations are as follows:
Perham, Minn.: January 14, 2019 located at The Cactus (43521 Fort Thunder Road); held in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 3 & 4 meetings.
Brookings, S.D.: January 15, 2019 located at the Swiftel Center (824 32nd Ave.); held in partnership with the South Dakota Dairy Producers and South Dakota’s District 1 & 2 annual meetings.
Pipestone, Minn.: January 16, 2019 located at Pipestone Veterinary Services (1300 U.S. 75); in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 18 meeting. It will be held in facilities sponsored by Pipestone Veterinary Services.
Orange City, Iowa: January 17, 2019 held at Sioux County Extension Office (400 Central Ave. NW).
Wayne, Neb.: January 18, 2019 held at Wayne State College, Student Center Niobrara Room (E 14th Street).
Can’t make one of the workshop in-person? Join us on Friday, January 18th via Zoom. Use the Zoom link to join the workshop. https://tinyurl.com/I-29WinterWorkshop
Registration fees are waved due to generous sponsorships, however pre-registration is requested by January 10 to allow for meal counts and materials. To register, visit https://I-29winterworkshop.eventbrite.com or request a registration form from Erickson at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu.
Kevin Janni is a professor and Extension engineer in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He joined the department faculty in 1980. He works closely with both the Dairy and Poultry Extension teams. He has written extensively on ventilation, air quality, heat stress, odors, biofilters and biosecurity associated with animal agriculture. He teaches an air quality and pollution control engineering course.
Kim Clark is a Dairy Extension Educator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She joined Extension in 2015 and began the dairy extension program in Nebraska. Kim works closely with dairy producers across Nebraska. Her focus is on calf health and nutrition and animal welfare. Kim is a Dairy FARM evaluator and PAACO Dairy Stewardship certified.
Jim Salfer is a Regional Extension Educator with University of Minnesota Extension. Salfer has served in his present position for 22 years. He has been involved on farm research projects studying robotic milking systems and automatic calf feeders. The focus of his education program has been to help farmers and other industry professionals understand the major factors driving dairy farm profitability.
The workshop agenda below will be the same at all locations.
9:30 a.m. - Registration & Refreshments, visit sponsors
10 a.m. - Ventilation Benchmarks for Lactating Cows, led by Kevin Janni, University of Minnesota
10:30 a.m. – Ventilation Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion, led by I-29 Moo University faculty
11 a.m. - Bedding & Stall Benchmarks, led by Kim Clark, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
11:30 a.m. – Bedding & Stall Benchmarks Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion, led by I-29 Moo University faculty
Noon – Lunch provided by event sponsors | Midwest Dairy & Dairy Association updates select locations
1:15 p.m. – Barn & Pen Design Benchmarks, led by Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota
1:45 p.m. – Barn & Pen Design Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion led by I-29 Moo University faculty
2:15 p.m. – Hot Wash & Wrap-up
2:30 p.m. – SDDP Annual meeting (Brookings, SD only)
Event sponsors include: Gold Level: Agropur, NovaMeal, Sealpro, Automated Dairy Specialists, LLC; Silver Level: Phibro, Arm & Hammer, Central Plains Dairy Foundation, Cottonseed, LLC, Elanco, SoyBest, Agri-King, MultiMin; Bronze Level: Stray Voltage Consulting, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, POET Nutrition, American Agco Trading Company, Automated Waste Systems, Nebraska State Dairy Association, Alforex Seeds, AminoPlus Ag Processing, Inc., Kroese & Kroese, CPA, Trans-Ova Genetics, South Dakota Dairy Producers, Iowa State Dairy Association, Minnesota Milk, Gorter’s Clay & Dairy Equipment of Minnesota, Inc., Phileo Lesafre Animal Care, Quality Liquid Feeds, Franken Custom Cutting, DCC Waterbeds, ISO., Zinpro Performance Minerals, ProAg Engineering, Inc., & Calf Star -Calf Feeding Solutions.
To learn more, contact co-chairs Tracey Erickson at 602-882-5140 or Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu or Kim Clark, Nebraska Dairy Extension Educator at 402-472-6065 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
SDSU Extension Contact:
Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist
In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, ISU Extension and Outreach is making available four “Farm Couple Getaways” aimed at farmers wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm or family goal-setting, farm transition or just would like a weekend away to discuss farm and farm family issues. The first “getaway” will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15, 2019 at EWALU Stone Center in Strawberry Point. The dates and locations for the other “getaways” are as follows:
Friday and Saturday, January 31-February 1, 2020 at Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah.
Friday and Saturday, February 21-February 22, 2020 at Lake Shore Center at Okoboji in Milford.
Thursday and Friday, March 19-20, 2020 at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque.
The “getaways” run from 12:30 pm on the first day to 3:15 pm on the second day of the “getaway”. There is no cost to attend the program as food, lodging and other expenses are being paid for by sponsorships. However, there is a $50 per couple deposit to hold each reservation, refundable on the second day of the getaway.
Past “Farm Couple Getaways” have proven to be beneficial to farm couples. They are a very productive and delightful time to discuss items of importance to help farms and families be successful”, says Larry Tranel, ISU Extension Dairy Field Specialist.” Each “getaway” will consist of ten farm couples and our Extension facilitators. Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis with registrations due two weeks prior to each session. Registration brochures for the various sites can be obtained from Jenn Bentley email@example.com or at the Winneshiek County ISU Extension Office at 563-382-2949; Fred Hall firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Sioux County ISU Extension Office at 712-737-4230; and Larry Tranel email@example.com at the Dubuque County ISU Extension Office at 563-583-6496.
The “Farm Couple Getaways” statewide Gold sponsor is the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation with other local sponsors recognized at the local events.
Brochure with registration form:
I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series Will Focus on Dairy Calves
Learn about the latest research in dairy calf management and care
AMES, Iowa – ISU Extension and Outreach encourages dairy producers to register for the I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop series, “Prosperity of Dairy Calves,” to be held in five locations across the region beginning Jan. 6, 2020.
“This workshop series will highlight a number of experts who will focus on topics that will help dairy producers achieve success calf management in 2020,” explained Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State University Extension Dairy Field Specialist, who is the program co-chair, along with Jennifer Bentley Clark, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
The workshops will be held in partnership with the Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops, Minnesota Midwest Dairy District 3, 4, and 18 meetings, as well as South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update Meetings.
The five meeting locations are as follows:
- Perham, Minn.: Jan. 6, 2020, located at The Cactus (43521 Fort Thunder Road); in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 3 and 4 meetings.
- Brookings, S.D.: Jan. 7, 2020, located at the Swiftel Center (824 32nd Ave.); in partnership with the South Dakota’s Midwest Dairy – Checkoff Update Meetings.
- Pipestone, Minn.: Jan. 8, 2020, located at Pipestone Systems (1801 Forman Drive); in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 18 meeting.
- Orange City, Iowa: Jan. 9, 2020, held at Sioux County Extension Office (400 Central Ave. NW); in partnership with Iowa’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update Meetings.
- Wayne, Neb.: Jan. 10, 2020, held at Wayne State College, Student Center Niobrara Room (E 14th Street); in partnership with Nebraska’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update Meetings.
Registration fees are waived due to generous sponsorships; however, pre-registration is requested by Jan. 2 to allow for meal counts and materials. To register, visit https://2020winterworkshopseries.eventbrite.com or go to the I-29 Moo University website at
- Dr. Jennifer Van Os, assistant professor and extension specialist – Animal Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Dr. Pat Gorden, associate professor, vet diagnostic and production animal medicine at Iowa State University.
- Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach in northeast Iowa.
The workshop agenda will be the same at all locations. The day begins at 9:30 a.m., with registration and refreshments.
At 10 a.m., Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “Why Animal Welfare is Essential for the Animal, Producer, and the Consumer.”
At 11 a.m., Pat Gordon, Iowa State University, will present “Incorporation of Pain Mitigation Protocols as part of your Best Management Practices, as you Disbud Calves.”
At 1:15 p.m., Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “Two Heads are Better than One: Benefits of Pair or Group Rearing of Calves.”
At 2:15 p.m., Jennifer Bentley, ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Field Specialist will provide a “Resource Update of the Incorporation of Calf Care and Handling SOP’s.”
In between each presentation, attendees will participate in Roundtable Discussion on the topic presented.
Midwest Dairy staff in each state will conduct Midwest Dairy Checkoff updates over the lunch hour.
For the full agenda, visit the I-29 Moo University events webpage.
Gold Level: STgenetics, Sealpro; Silver Level: FormAFeed, Central Plains Dairy Foundation, Elanco, Automated Waste Systems; Bronze Level: Nebraska State Dairy Association, Alforex Seeds, Iowa State Dairy Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, AminoPlus Ag Processing, Inc., Minnesota Milk, DCC Waterbeds, AgroPur, American Agco Trading Company, Phileo Lesafre Animal Care, Associated Milk Producers Inc., DiamondV, ProAg Engineering, Inc.,Cottonseed, LLC, Trans-Ova Genetics, Quality Liquid Feeds, Pipestone Veterinary Services.