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Two Dairy Field Days spotlight Forage Management and Crossbreeding

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:30pm to Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 3:30pm
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ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The I-29 Moo University is hosting two dairy field days in November. Each field day will start at 12:30 p.m. and wrap up around 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments and SDSU ice cream will be served. The field days are offered at no cost, so be sure to join for a tour of the dairies and in-depth discussions.

Details for each of the field days is as follows.

Summit Dairy - Wednesday, November 13, 2019: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

5564 390th St., Primghar, IA 51245

Owner John Westra will give a tour of the milking parlor, cattle housing, and the commodity and mixing building. Summit Dairy’s breeding strategy will be discussed. Dr. Hugo Ramirez, Iowa State University, will discuss feeding this year’s silage, feeding issues he is seeing and silage pile management.

John Westra and his family purchased Summit Dairy in 2012. They moved from California and jumped right into caring for the 400 cows. Over the years, they expanded the dairy to over 800 dairy cows. The cows are housed in free-stalls and milked three times per day. As part of the expansion, John built a commodity and feed mixing building. This allows feed to be loaded and mixed indoors, which reduces waste and decreases moisture variability in the feedstuffs.

Tri Cross Dairy - Wednesday, November 20, 2019: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

45144 289th St, Viborg, SD 57070

Take a tour of the facilities and engage in open discussion with owners, Tom Koolhaas/Wes Bylsma, and manager, Kris Vander Kooy. They will share their experiences with utilizing crossbreeding within the dairy to create a durable and productive cow herd. Amy Hazel, University of Minnesota, will discuss reasons why interest in crossbreeding in dairy cattle is growing globally, explain the basics of rotational crossbreeding for dairy cattle, and present the detailed results of a 10-year study in high-performance Minnesota dairy herds where ProCROSS cows were found to be more profitable than their Holstein herd mates.

Brothers-in-law, Wes Blysma and Tom Koolhaas, founded Tri Cross Dairy in 2017. They both grew up on California dairies and desired to expand their farms and landed in the I-29 Dairy Corridor, near Viborg, SD. The dairy is named for its Tri-crossed, or Pro Cross breed of cattle, which are a combination of Holstein, Montbeliarde and Swedish or Viking Red Cattle. The 4,000 cows are housed in a 1,200-foot cross-ventilated-free-stall barn and milked in a 100-head rotary parlor.

Register for one or both field days at https://z.umn.edu/I29Moo.

Questions about the field days can be directed to Northwest Iowa Dairy Specialist Fred Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu or 712-737-4230.

The field days are hosted by I-29 Moo University, a collaboration of South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, North Dakota State, and University of Nebraska Extension Services, Iowa State Dairy Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers Association, Nebraska State Dairy Association and MN Milk Producers Association.

 

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Midwest Dairy/Beef Day

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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In-depth information for dairy and beef producers on enhancing value of dairy steers from breeding to feeding.

Register today for “Midwest Dairy & Beef Day: Enhancing Value from Breeding to Feeding” held on Friday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Iowa’s Dairy Center located at 1527 Highway 150 S, in Calmar, Iowa.

This event is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). This year’s event will discuss opportunities and challenges to adding value to dairy calves and dairy beef cross calves. Producers will also share their experiences from feeding to breeding during a panel discussion. Beef producers, dairy producers, industry persons and students are encouraged to attend.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Dan Schaefer will provide information on determining the predictability of Holstein progeny sired by beef breed bulls. This will be followed by Denise Schwab, ISU Extension Beef Specialist, who will discuss beef bull selection and finding appropriate bulls for crossing on dairy cows. Director of Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension Beef Specialist Dr. Dan Loy will break down the elements of developing an implant strategy. Following lunch, Dave Lawstuen, Chair of Iowa’s Dairy Center and NICC agriculture faculty, will introduce genomics and share the strategy Iowa’s Dairy Center uses to determine the mothers of the next generation of dairy steers. The day will conclude with a producer panel sharing experiences and answering questions about their successful dairy steer programs.

This program is offered free of charge, thanks to the support of local businesses. Please call NICC at (800) 728-2256, ext. 399, to register by Thursday, Dec. 5. More information is available at www.iowadairycenter.com.

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Dairy Discussions

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
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Annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Dec. 3 will focus on genetic decisions and profitability

Posted: 23 Oct 2019 08:29 AM PDT

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City.

This year’s focus is making genetic decisions profitable, with discussions on crossbreeding, pure-breeding, genomics, sexed semen and how to maximize profitability in the dairy industry.

The two key presentations include:

  • “Dairy Crossbreds: Where is the profit at?” by Amy Hazel, University of Minnesota
  • “Application of Genomics and Sexed Semen to Maximize Profits” by Dr. James Koltes, Iowa State University.

There will also be a producer panel which will focus on breeding decisions and profitability. Local panelists will include Eric Van Wyk, Dykstra Dairy, Maurice; Roger Stensland, Stensland Bros. Dairy, Larchwood; Darren Davelaar, Country Edge Dairy, Inwood; and Leroy Eggink, Great Heritage Holsteins, Sibley.

There is no fee to attend the program thanks to the sponsorship of Sioux Dairy Equipment, Inc. and Van Zee Enterprises, Inc. To register, visit https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/dairy-discussions-2019 or call 712-737-4230. Deadline to register is Nov. 27.

For more information, contact Fred Hall, Northwest Iowa Dairy Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

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