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2019 Iowa Dairy Days

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 9:30am to Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 3:00pm
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Local Dairy Days Feature Profitable Dairy Practices

Producers learn successful herd management strategies based on current research


Ames, Iowa - Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues during 2019 Dairy Days events hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 21 and Feb. 7.

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

Topics covered at 2019 Dairy Days will include:

  • Early Season Crop Scouting for Corn and Alfalfa
  • Silage Inoculants – What They Do and Why they are Needed
  • Robotic Milking Update – Management and Economics
  • Hygiene – How Clean is your Calf Kitchen?
  • Heifer Economics – How Many and How Much?


“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.

Dairy Days will be offered at seven Iowa locations:  Jan. 21 in Riceville, Jan. 22 in Fayette, Jan. 23 in Waverly, Feb. 4 in Bloomfield, Feb. 5. in Kalona, Feb. 6 in Holy Cross and Feb. 7 in Ryan. Registration starts at 9:30 am and the program will conclude by 2:30 p.m.

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. Online registration is available. 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 county office or your local dairy specialist, Jennifer Bentley at 563-382-2949 or Larry Tranel at 563-583-6496


Dairy Directions

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 10:00am to Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 2:00pm
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The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Directions Series Dec. 10 in Sac City and Dec. 11 in Pocahontas.

The series will focus on replacement heifers, risk management, cooling dairy cows and updates on the dairy market outlook and ISU dairy herd.

“After five years of milk prices generally below the cost of production for many dairy producers, the recent spike in milk prices is breathing new life into the industry,” said Fred Hall, Northwest Iowa Dairy Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “However, controlling input cost is the key to squeezing out every penny of margin.”

Hall said that this includes growing only the heifers a producer will need for replacements and making sure they are from the top cows in the herd. It also means keeping the herd comfortable – cooling the herd to prevent heat stress.

“We are just beginning to understand the effect of heat-stressed dry cows on the calf they are carrying and how that effects the calf’s future production,” Hall said. “And while most dairy producers are aware of the new risk management tools available, it is important to remember that they need to fit into the whole enterprise risk management strategy. Our presenters will dive into these topics and give their insights on how to use these strategies to increase margins on a dairy.”

Both days will feature the same program from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., so dairy producers and agribusiness personnel can select the date and location that works best for them – either the ISU Extension and Outreach Sac County office in Sac City on Dec. 10 or the ISU Extension and Outreach Pocahontas County office in Pocahontas on Dec. 11. Registration will open at 9:30 a.m. each day.

There is no charge to attend either program thanks to sponsorship from Dairy Gross Margin, LLC; however, pre-registration is requested to plan adequately for meals and materials. To register for the Dec. 10 Sac City session, call 712-662-7131; for the Dec. 11 Pocahontas session, call 712-335-3103. Any other questions can be directed to Dairy Specialist Fred Hall at 712-737-4230.