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I-29 Moo University: Dairy Beef Short Course

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
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I-29 moo University Collaboration will host the 3rd Annual Dairy Beef Short Course on March 28th, 2017 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  This course is a pre-conference educational seminar held in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo.

Registration will begin at 10:00 am, with the course beginning at 10:30 am and ending at 3:00 pm.  Topics will include: Vaccination and Implant Protocols, Managing Liver Abscesses in the VFD Age, Marketing Dairy Beef in 2017, Financial Management and Working with Lenders. Read more about I-29 Moo University: Dairy Beef Short Course

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Iowa-Wisconsin Silage Conference

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will help host the Iowa-Wisconsin Silage Conference on June 21 in Dubuque.corn silage conference

The conference will feature presentations from both academic and industry experts who will speak on a wide variety of topics related to growing and using quality silage. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists Hugo Ramirez, Denise Schwab and Garland Dahlke will present during the course of the day-long conference.

Online registration is available for the conference. Cost for the event is $50 if registering prior to midnight on June 14, and $75 after that date. Registration includes lunch and refreshment breaks.

The conference begins on June 21 with check-in and refreshments at 8:30 a.m., followed by the welcome at 9:30 a.m. It will take place at the Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel and Conference Center (3100 Dodge Street, Dubuque).

Group sessions will cover quality corn silage before, during and after harvest, characteristics of corn varieties for silage, molds and mycotoxins in silage and pricing corn silage. There will be concurrent sessions in the afternoon, with participants being able to choose between four distinct 30-minute conversations.

The conference will conclude with presentations on machinery efficiency and corn silage safety before adjourning at 3:30 p.m.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions contact Program Services at 515-294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.

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2018 NW Iowa Corn Silage Clinic

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
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Clinic To Help NW Iowa Livestock Producers Improve Corn Silage Quality

Northwest Iowa beef and dairy producers depend on quality corn silage to build profitable rations. To help them accomplish this, the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Extension Dairy Team are hosting the NW IA Corn Silage Clinic on August 28 at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm in Sutherland.

“The NW Iowa Corn Silage Clinic will feature top experts from the upper Midwest with the most current information on topics that affect corn silage and earlage quality and economics” notes ISU Extension Dairy Field Specialist Fred M. Hall. Presentations will begin promptly at 9 am and will break at 12 noon for lunch. The program will adjourn by 3:30. Each expert will be available to answer questions.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Agronomic practices impacting corn silage digestion- Dr. Fred Owens, feedlot nutrition specialist.
  • Silage and kernel processing equipment- Aaron Ostrander, John Deere silage specialist.
  • Silage additives and inoculants- Dr. Scott Dennis, Pioneer.
  • Evaluating corn silage and earlage: What’s typical, Dr. Dan Loy, ISU Beef Center director.
  • Quality corn silage going in and coming out, Dr. Hugo Ramirez, ISU dairy specialist.
  • Pricing corn silage, Dr. William Edwards, retired ISU ag economist.

In addition, there will be two concurrent session featuring feeding corn products to the beef animal with Owens and feeding corn products to the dairy cow with Ramirez.

Producers will also be able to walk through corn silage variety plots and talk with seed company technicians. “In addition, there is a trade show which will allow producers to compare equipment and products used in putting up quality silage,” says ISU Extension Beef Field Specialist Beth Doran.

Registration is $25, with payment at the door. Pre-registration is required for the meal count and can be made by calling the Sioux County Extension office at 712.737.4230.

For more information, contact ISUEO Beef Field Specialist Beth Doran or ISUEO Dairy Field Specialist Fred M. Hall. Both can be reached at 712.737.4230 in the Sioux County Extension office. Read more about 2018 NW Iowa Corn Silage Clinic

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Boots in the Barn

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 8:30pm
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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.


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Boots in the Barn

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 8:30pm
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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

Bernard, IA

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 jbentley@iastate.edu), Denise Schwab (319-472-4739 or dschwab@iastate.edu) 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.

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Renovating Dairy Barns: Giving them a Second Career

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Webinar On March 22 Will Focus On Options For Empty Dairy Facilities

The Moo University collaborative will host a webinar for dairymen considering options for their facilities if they sell their cows at 12 noon on Friday, March 22. While there is no registration fee, pre-registration is required on-line at:

https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/dairy-webinar-march-22-2019

Presenters will address three topics of concern for making the enterprise transition.

Brian Dougherty, ISU Extension Ag Engineering Specialist, will cover some important engineering considerations when planning for the conversion of dairy barns to housing for other livestock. Advantages and limitations of different designs will be discussed, and examples of dairy barn conversions will be shown.

 

 Bill Halfman, UW-Madison Extension Monroe County Agriculture Agent, will discuss the economics of beef feeding enterprises to determine if they are a good fit for their operation and resources plus showcase spreadsheet tools and some benchmark  numbers producers should consider.

 

Tina Kohlman, UW-Madison Extension Fond du Lac Dairy & Livestock Agent, will present on the economics for farms that are no longer milking but are considering raising pre-weaned calves to utilize their facilities and labor for income generation.

After the presentations there will be a question and answer period for questions from the audience. In addition, the program will be archived for viewing at a later time.

Following registration, a link will be emailed with directions on how to access the webinar. Topical webinars featuring   Extension professionals are part of the on-going educational programs available through I-29 Moo University.

 The I-29 Moo University is a consortium of Extension Dairy Specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Now in its 14th 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 Renovation Dairy Barns: Giving Them a Second Career, 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 fredhall@iastate.edu. Read more about Renovating Dairy Barns: Giving them a Second Career