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Start to Farm Series for New and Early Career Dairy Farmers

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00am to Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:00am
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The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will provide an opportunity this fall and early spring to address ways to improve business practices and production techniques, tour successful farm operations, and to form a community to share new ideas and profitable farming methods. Read more about Start to Farm Series for New and Early Career Dairy Farmers

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Integrated Crop Management

Crops specialists and field agronomists within the crops team strive to increase the level of awareness, understanding, and adoption of current agronomic and pest management practices that make the best use of soil resources and crop inputs. With the adoption of best management practices (BMPs) by farmers, the objective is to increase efficient use of inputs and agronomic practices to improve yield and profits in field crops. Extension crops specialists and agronomists interact with farmers throughout the year at statewide events, county and regional programming, conferences, and clinics.
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Automatic Milking Systems Tours Feature Precision Management

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 10:00am to Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 3:30pm
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Automatic Milking Systems Tours Feature Precision Management

AMES, Iowa – 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.

Tuesday, October 23

10-11:30 a.m.

JoLane Dairy, 13254 Hickory Ave., Monona, IA

2 Lely robots installed in 2013

12:30-2 p.m.  

Frieden Dairy, 19731/19733 Abbey Rd., Elgin, IA

3 Lely robots installed in 2017

 

Monday, November 5

10-11:30 a.m.

Mike and Kathleen Scott, 12402 R. Ave., Westgate, IA

2 Lely robots installed in 2016         

12:30-2 p.m.

New Day Dairy, 31000 175th Street, Clarksville, IA

2 Insentec Galaxy installed in 2015   

 

Tuesday, November 13

10-11:30 a.m.

Koopman Bros., Chad & Brent, 7242 Koopman Road, Epworth, IA

2 Lely robots installed in 2015 

12:30-2 p.m.

Todd Moser, 30215 370th Street, Colesburg, IA

2 DeLaval robots installed in 2016    

 

Wednesday, November 14

10-11:30 a.m.

Mark Hosch, 2374 County Road D61, Bernard, IA

3 Lely robots installed in 2012-14    

12-1:30 p.m.

Green Bros., Mel & Ed, 7820 St. Joe Prarie Road, Dubuque, IA

2 Lely robots installed in 2012

2-3:30 p.m.

Bill and Jeff Lawler, 18655 Old Hwy Road, Peosta, IA

4 Lely robots installed in 2013

Each tour is open to the public, no preregistration is required and travel between farms is on your own. For more information, contact Jenn Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949 or Larry Tranel at 563-563-583-6496 or tranel@iastate.edu. Read more about Automatic Milking Systems Tours Feature Precision Management