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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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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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Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 12:00pm
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Holstein

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

7:30 AM Registration

Alltech Pre-conference Symposium

Sponsored by Alltech
Achieving and ensuring a herd’s genetic potential

8:00 - 11:30 AM

Introduction, Dan Weiland and Brad Rortvedt

Strategies to capture your herd’s potential, Dr. Roger Scaletti, Alltech Mineral Management Technical Support

Mycotoxin impact on lifetime performance from fetus through freshening, Dr. Alexandra Weaver, Alltech Mycotoxin Management Technical Support

The 5 C’s of calf management, Dr. Sam Leadley, Calf/heifer management specialist, Attica Veterinary Associates

Fine tuning your dairy for greater efficiency and profits, Thomas Lorensen and Jeff Johnson, Alltech On-Farm Support Specialists

11:30 AM - Lunch

4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

General Session (Exhibit A)
Feeding management and behavior

1:30 - 2:10 PM
Improving the prediction of metabolizable protein supply through evaluation and application of intestinal protein digestibility, Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University

2:10 - 2:50 PM
Low lignin forages: BMR corn & reduced-lignin alfalfa, Ev Thomas, Oak Point Agronomics, Ltd.

2:50 - 3:30 PM
Making low-lignin highly digestible forages work on the dairy, Jim Barmore, GPS Consulting and Brian Forrest, Farmer Maple Ridge Dairy, Stratford WI

3:30 - 4:00 PM - Break (Exhibit B)
Visit conference exhibitors

Breakout Session I

4 Topics 2x; 4:00 - 4:30 & 4:40 - 5:10 PM

Beyond IgG: components of colostrum as modifiers of metabolism and the immune system of the calf, Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University

Alfalfa vs. alfalfa-grass: obstacles and opportunities, Ev Thomas, Oak Point Agronomics, Ltd.

Nutrition aspects during the transition period in dairy cows, Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois

Looking back to understand the present: monitoring the transition cow, Luciano Caixeta, University of Minnesota

Thursday, June 14

7:00 - 8:00 AM - Breakfast
Sponsored by Papillion

General Session (Exhibit A)
Information for better decision making

8:30 - 9:10 AM
Producing more milk with more high-quality forages, Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin

9:10 - 9:50 AM
Wrap your head around today's fiber digestion metrics: working to better understand feeds on farm and build better diets, Dr. John Goeser, Rock River Labs

9:50 - 10:30 AM
Impact of individual and combinations of supplemental fatty acids on dairy cow performance and metabolism, Dr. Adam Lock, Michigan State University

10:30 - 11:00 AM - Break
Visit conference exhibitors

Breakout Session II

6 Topics 2x; 11:00 - 11:30 & 11:35 - 12:05 PM

Corn genetic applications to improve silage starch digestibility in dairy cows, Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin

Feeding practices in top U.S. Jersey herds, Dr. Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois

Supplementing fatty acids to fresh cows: which ones, when, and how much? Dr. Adam Lock, Michigan State University

Effect of manipulating progesterone before timed artificial insemination on double ovulation and twinning rates in high-producing Holstein cows, Dr. Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin

(One-time) Feeding and management practices for robotic milking success, Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota

(One-time) Integrating cover crops and livestock to improve farm profitability, Dr. Brad Heins, University of Minnesota

12:00 PM - Conference concludes

Canola Council of Canada Post Conference Symposium

Sponsored by Canola Council of Canada

12:00 - 12:20 PM - Lunch for post conference attendees

12:20 - 12:30 PM
A snapshot of the canola industry in Canada, Brittany Dyck, Canola Council of Canada

12:30 - 12:50 PM
Canola meal, a proven advantage in various diet formulations, Dr. Kenneth Kalscheur, USDA-ARS, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center

12:50 - 1:10 PM
Canola meal for early lactation cows, Dr. Spencer Moore, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1:10 - 1:30 PM
Getting canola meal values right in the formulation, Dr. Essi Evans, Technical Advisory Services

1:30 - 2:00 PM
Evaluating feeding financials, Dr. Marty Faldet, GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC

Location

The conference will be held at the Grand River Center, 500 Bell Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, (563)-690-4500.

Lodging

A block of rooms have been reserved at these area facilities.

Grand Harbor Resort
350 Bell St., Dubuque, IA
(866)-690-4006

Single room rate $95 + taxes; double room rate $105 + taxes. Cut off date May 10. Be sure to mention 4-State Dairy to receive the group rate.

This hotel will sell out, so register now.

Holiday Inn Dubuque
450 Main St., Dubuque, IA
9563)-556-2000

Room rate $95 + taxes for a single or double. Cut off date May 9. Be sure to mention 4-State Dairy to receive the group rate.

Program information contacts

Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois
(217)-300-2303
cardoso2@illinois.edu

Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University
(563)-583-6496
tranel@iastate.edu

Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota
(320)-203-6093
salfe001@umn.edu

Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin
(608)-263-3491
rdshaver@wisc.edu

Registration Information

Registration fee: $150 before June 1, $175 after June 1 and at the door

Includes: registration, conference proceedings, listed meals and breaks. Please advise us at the time of registration if you need special accommodations. Requests will be kept confidential.

Cancellations/refunds

To receive a full refund, you must contact the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association by June 1, 2018. After that date, a $25 cancellation fee will be charged. If you fail to cancel, no refund will be granted.

Registration questions, please contact WABA at 608-223-1111.

Register today!

Early registration fee by May 31: $150
Late registration fee: $175

After June 2, please bring your registration to the conference Walk-in Registration Table.

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