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Dairy Short Course Series

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:00pm
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The Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, Iowa State Extension and Outreach and Northeast Iowa Community College will be hosting a series of applied workshops for dairy producers, employees and students. The workshops will be held at Iowa’s Dairy Center south of Calmar and will feature a mixture of classroom and hands-on learning on the dairy farm. Mark your calendar for the following dates and workshops:

  • April 5-6, 2018: Dairy Management Software

    This course will cover the use of dairy management software, including Dairy Comp 305 and PC Dart, to successfully manage data on a dairy farm. Attendees will utilize software throughout the course to work through case studies to learn how to effectively interpret data and apply it to a working dairy farm.

  • April 18-19, 2018: Seven Habits of Highly Successful Feeders

    Learn principles of nutrition and impacts of nutrition on milk production and composition. These principles will be put into practice to develop good habits of proper TMR mixing and feed management to ensure cows are being fed to reach optimal production. This hands-on course will teach nutritional management from the feed center to the feed bunk.

  • April 25-26, 2018: It’s Transition Time

    The transition period is one of the most critical times in a dairy cow’s life. From barn layout to metabolic diseases, learn how to manage transition cows to ensure cow health, milk quality and reproduction.

  • May 1-2, 2018: Calmar Calf College

    Help calves reach their full potential through various management practices. Students will gain hands-on experience with calf handling, nutrition, sanitation and colostrum management.

  • May 7-8, 2018: Master Hoof Care Workshop

    The Master Hoof Care Program is a hands-on training program for instruction in hoof care and trimming. Trimming techniques are designed to correct claw horn overgrowth without over-trimming, balance weight bearing within and between the claws of each foot, and finally, create a stable weight bearing surface on all claws. The lab will consist of instruction on knife sharpening techniques, the treatment of lameness disorders including the proper application of foot blocks for relief of weight bearing in diseased or injured claws and practice trimming with knives and grinders.

  • May 9-11, 2018: Dairy Robotics

    Dairy Robotics is an introduction to robotic technology. This course explores North American dairy robotic systems focusing on nutrition, freestall design and the management of dairy cows milked with robots. Additionally, this course will utilize the enormous amount of data gathered on each cow by the robots to develop strategies to enhance robot efficiency through milking speed, milk quality and reduced box time among other techniques.

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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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