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2nd Annual Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 8:00am to Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 12:00am
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The Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium will bring together industry leaders to discuss best recommended practices of dairy cattle welfare and their implementation with focus on public relations, community outreach, and interaction with animal rights advocacy groups. The roster of speakers includes several dairymen and dairy managers that will discuss routine welfare challenges observed in dairy operations. The symposium is targeted towards dairy producers, consultants, dairy industry reps, academia/Extension, and veterinarians.

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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


Boots in the Barn for Cattlewomen

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 3:00pm
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EMMETSBURG, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Palo Alto County and Iowa Lakes Community College have teamed up to host Boots in the Barn, a program for women beef and dairy producers.


Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in a dairy or beef operation and/or industry and will be held at the Iowa Lakes Community College Farm in Emmetsburg. The sessions will be held Feb. 10, Feb. 24 and March 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


“We’ve had great success with [agriculture] 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… Programs designed for women alone are very effective.”


The Feb. 10 session will feature Dr. Caitlyn Messerschmidt, veterinarian at Iowa State University. Dr. Messerschmidt will guide participants using Frosty (a life-size cow model), practicing putting chains on a calf to pull it and learning how to assist a cow in calving. Other topics include immediate calf care and colostrum. This session is sponsored in-part by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation educational grant.


On Feb. 24, ISU Extension and Outreach beef and dairy specialists and Iowa Lakes Community College instructors will lead participants in how to help calves nurse, selecting colostrum products, mixing milk replacers and how to wean calves from milk and start them on dry feed. Participants will view both maternal and calf housing.


The third session will be held on March 10 and cover health basics and how to determine whether an animal is healthy or unhealthy. Activities include handling medicines and vaccines, giving injections, safety in working cattle and two national programs, Beef Quality Assurance and Farmers Assuring Responsible Management. These sessions will be led by ISU Extension and Outreach and Iowa Lakes Community College staff.


There is a $15 fee for this program and pre-registration is required. Register online at by Saturday, Feb. 6, at which time registration closes.

For more information on Boots in the Barn, contact Jamie Neff at or 712-852-2865.