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Beginning Dairy Farmer Video-Gibbs Dairy-Part 1

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach welcomes you to Part I of our Beginning Dairy Farmer Video series featuring the Gibbs Dairy and the Confinement Freestall System they have chosen. Beginning Farmers have various dairy system options as they begin their careers and the Gibbs picked their system because they felt they could best control the cow’s diets and environment and best profit from dairy this way. Chris Gibbs shares his thoughts on their conventional dairy system.

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Beginning Dairy Farmer Video-Peake Dairy-Part 2

Part II of our Beginning Dairy Farmer Video series features the Peake Dairy and the Organic, Grass-fed system they have chosen. Beginning Farmers have various dairy system options as they begin their careers and the Peake's picked their system because they loved working with grass pastures and not using chemicals and with the low costs, could best profit from dairy this way.

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Beginning Dairy Farmer Video-Grassway Farm-Part 3

Part III of our Beginning Dairy Farmer Video series features the Grassway Farm and their grazing dairy with one of the best Low Cost TRANS Iowa Parlors in Iowa. Beginning Farmers have various dairy system options as they begin their careers. They picked their system because of reduced costs and labor efficiency with nice facilities and felt they could best profit from dairy this way.

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Beginning Dairy Farmer Video-Lynch Dairy-Part 4

Part IV of our Beginning Dairy Farmer Video series features the Lynch Dairy focusing on the Organic dairy system they have chosen. Beginning Farmers have various dairy system options as they begin their careers and the Lynch’s picked their system because of the increased milk prices, soil and animal health, and felt they could best profit from dairy this way while maximizing labor efficiency in their milking system.

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Beginning Dairy Farmer Video-Gaul Dairy-Part 5

Part V of our Beginning Dairy Farmer Video features the Gaul Dairy and the grazing dairy system they have chosen. Beginning Farmers have various dairy system options as they begin their careers and the Gaul’s picked their system because they loved working with grazing as a means of lowering costs and felt they could best profit from dairy this way. The Gaul’s followed ISU Extension’s Millionaire Model Dairy Farm Project and have done well in doing so.

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Beginning Dairy Farmer Video-Schanbacher Acres-Part 6

Part VI of our Beginning Dairy Farmer Video series features the Shanbacher Dairy and the Confinement Freestall System and the Low Cost TRANS Iowa Parlor they have chosen. Beginning Farmers have various dairy system options as they begin their careers and the Shanbachers picked their system because they felt they could best control the cow’s diets and their environment, have great milking efficiency and best profit from dairy this way.

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2018 Iowa Dairy Days

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 9:30am to Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 2:30pm
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Ames, IA - Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2018 Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 15 and Feb. 1.

“The ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team conducts this workshop to provide the latest research to Iowa’s dairy producers,” said Jennifer Bentley, ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialist. “Our goal is to help producers make sound herd management decisions that are backed by current and relevant information.”

“This day-long program offers producers an opportunity to hear up-to-date information. They can also talk with our speakers for answers to their specific situations,” said Bentley.

Topics covered at 2018 Dairy Days will include:

  • Double Cropping Small Grain & Sorghum Forages on Your Dairy
  • Alternative Forages for Dairy Cows - What else is there besides corn silage and alfalfa?
  • Transition Cow Success - Managing Pain Weight & Milk
  • Dairy System Profit Performance Comparison in 2016
  • It’s More Than Just Checking the Markets - Powering Up Your Smartphone for Better Farm Management
  • Research Update - Speed Round
  • Common Feed Additives for Dairy Cows - What are they and what do they do?

Dairy Days will be offered at seven Iowa locations:  Jan. 15 in Riceville, Jan. 16 in Waukon, Jan. 17 in Waverly, Jan. 29 in Bloomfield, Jan. 30 in Kalona, Jan. 31 in Ryan and Feb. 1 in Holy Cross. Registration starts at 9:30 am and the program will conclude by 2:30 p.m. Contact your county ISU Extension and Outreach office for more information.

A $15 registration fee covers the noon meal and proceedings costs. Pre-registration is requested by the Friday before each event to reserve a meal. Vouchers for the event may be available at your local agri-service providers or veterinarian’s office.

For more information contact your local county ISU Extension and Outreach office or your local dairy specialist, Jennifer Bentley at 563-382-2949 or Larry Tranel at 563-583-6496 Read more about 2018 Iowa Dairy Days

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Webinar Series Discusses Handling Stress on Dairy Farms

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:00pm
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Webinar Series Discusses Handling Stress on Dairy Farms

Three ISU Extension and Outreach webinars will be held in July

AMES, Iowa – Farming is one of the most stressful occupations in the United States. This is particularly true for dairy farmers as they are experiencing an extended period of low milk prices.

 

To help dairy farmers deal with stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of three webinars that discuss how to recognize the signs of stress, how to deal with dairy farm families experiencing stress, analyzing a dairy for profits, the profitability of various dairy systems and what FINBIN says about production costs.

The webinars will be held at 12 p.m. on July 10, 17 and 24 and will be conducted by extension specialists from ISU Extension and Outreach, the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and University of Minnesota. ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialists Larry Tranel, Fred Hall and Jenn Bentley will present during the webinars, as well as John Shutske, extension specialist with the University of Wisconsin, Jim Salfer, extension dairy specialist with the University of Minnesota, and Phil Cardoso, extension dairy specialist with the University of Illinois.

The topics discussed in the webinars are:

  • July 10 – Recognizing and Managing Stress in Dairy Farmers
  • July 17 – Knowing your cost of production and Dairy Outlook
  • July 24 – Making Production Decisions During Challenging Times

To join the webinars, log onto https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/isuedairy. For more information contact Tranel at tranel@iastate.edu or 563-583-6496, Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949 or Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu or 712-737-4230.

The webinars are sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, University of Illinois Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension. Read more about Webinar Series Discusses Handling Stress on Dairy Farms

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Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:00pm
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Learn the latest information in dairy nutrition and management by attending the 2019 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference on June 12 and 13 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This premier conference will feature information on dealing with today’s economic environment and the newest research to improve profit.

Elanco animal health’s pre-conference symposium will focus on uncovering profit opportunities. Adam Moeser, Michigan State University will cover how stress impacts gut health in calves. Elanco‘s Dr. Mike Overton will talk about replacement heifers. How many, what kind and how do we manage them for profit. Dr. Michelle Calvo-Lorenze will be discussing how we can use welfare standards to improve profit. In addition, Dr. Mike Brouk, Kansas State, will help participants learn keys to maximize whole farm feed efficiency.

Four State conference speakers include Vita Plus’s Gary Sipiorski discussing how to survive in today’s economic situation. Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois will talk about feeding strategies with low milk prices and Albert De Vries, University of Florida will talk about the economics of raising the right heifers. Farmer’s Terry Van Maanen and Hunter Haven farm will address how they have managed costs on their farms.

Alex Bach from Spain will discuss their research on rearing youngstock for maximum performance and health. Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin, will cover management strategies in the era of high pregnancy rates and Rick Grant, Miner Institute will talk about their latest forage research.

Select breakout topics include:

  • Feeding for success: What cows need in their feeding environment.
  • Successfully transitioning the dry cow to the beginning of lactation.
  • Can negative DCAD diets improve reproduction?
  • Feeding high fiber forages for heifers.
  • Economics of cow longevity.
  • Transition diseases and culling: Is lower really better?
  • The ins and outs of behavior wellbeing of dairy cows?
  • Helping dairy farmers to manage stress
  • Beyond lysine and methionine: What have we learned about histidine?

Enogen feed’s post-conference symposium includes Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin talking about the latest research on Enogen corn silage and the tradeoff between corn silage quality and yield. Luiz Ferraretto, University of Florida will discuss new perspectives on fiber and starch digestibility of corn silage.

In addition to the educational program, there is a trade show with over 50 companies exhibiting their latest products, evening receptions and plenty of time to network with other participants. Advanced Dairy CE and ARPAS CEU credits are available.

This conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

For more information and to register, visit http://fourstatedairy.org/ or contact  Wisconsin Agri-Service Association, 608-223-1111, or Jim Salfer at salfe001@umn.edu or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $150 until May 31 and $175 after. Read more about Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference

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Financial Impairment on the Farm Webinar

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Financial Impairment on the Farm Webinar offered July 30

The I-29 Moo University consortium of Extension dairy specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota will host a Financial Impairment on the Farm webinar from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on July 30. The webinar is free and open to all those involved in production agriculture, specifically, producers and agri-business personnel.

The program will focus on issues producers face during times of financial impairment with emphasis placed on mediation, reorganization options and Chapter 12 Bankruptcy.

Donald Swanson, an attorney with Koley Jessen in Omaha, and Kristine Tidgren, Director for the Center of Ag Law and Taxation and an adjunct assistant professor at Iowa State University, will facilitate the discussion.

“Don Swanson has devoted his career to helping clients with financial impairment, bankruptcy issues and mediation, and Kristine Tidgren works with these issues every day,” said Fred M. Hall, Northwest Iowa Dairy Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “The program will be informational and answer questions for many local ag producers and businesses alike.”

There is no fee to participate in the webinar; however, pre-registration is required. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2KvTvoe. After registering, information on accessing the webinar will be provided.

The webinar will also be archived for viewing at a later date. For more information on this and other programs, contact Fred M. Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.eduRead more about Financial Impairment on the Farm Webinar

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