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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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