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I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 9:30am to Friday, January 10, 2020 - 3:00pm
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I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series Will Focus on Dairy Calves

Learn about the latest research in dairy calf management and care

AMES, Iowa – ISU Extension and Outreach encourages dairy producers to register for the I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop series, “Prosperity of Dairy Calves,” to be held in five locations across the region beginning Jan. 6, 2020.

“This workshop series will highlight a number of experts who will focus on topics that will help dairy producers achieve success calf management in 2020,” explained Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State University Extension Dairy Field Specialist, who is the program co-chair, along with Jennifer Bentley Clark, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

The workshops will be held in partnership with the Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops, Minnesota Midwest Dairy District 3, 4, and 18 meetings, as well as South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update Meetings.

The five meeting locations are as follows:

  • Perham, Minn.: Jan. 6, 2020, located at The Cactus (43521 Fort Thunder Road); in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 3 and 4 meetings.
  • Brookings, S.D.: Jan. 7, 2020, located at the Swiftel Center (824 32nd Ave.); in partnership with the South Dakota’s Midwest Dairy – Checkoff Update Meetings.
  • Pipestone, Minn.: Jan. 8, 2020, located at Pipestone Systems (1801 Forman Drive); in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 18 meeting.
  • Orange City, Iowa: Jan. 9, 2020, held at Sioux County Extension Office (400 Central Ave. NW); in partnership with Iowa’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update Meetings.
  • Wayne, Neb.: Jan. 10, 2020, held at Wayne State College, Student Center Niobrara Room (E 14th Street); in partnership with Nebraska’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update Meetings.

Registration details

Registration fees are waived due to generous sponsorships; however, pre-registration is requested by Jan. 2 to allow for meal counts and materials. To register, visit or go to the I-29 Moo University website at A registration form can also be requested from Erickson at, or Bentley at

Workshop speakers

  • Dr. Jennifer Van Os, assistant professor and extension specialist – Animal Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dr. Pat Gorden, associate professor, vet diagnostic and production animal medicine at Iowa State University. 
  • Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach in northeast Iowa. 


The workshop agenda will be the same at all locations. The day begins at 9:30 a.m., with registration and refreshments.

At 10 a.m., Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “Why Animal Welfare is Essential for the Animal, Producer, and the Consumer.”

At 11 a.m., Pat Gordon, Iowa State University, will present “Incorporation of Pain Mitigation Protocols as part of your Best Management Practices, as you Disbud Calves.”

At 1:15 p.m., Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “Two Heads are Better than One: Benefits of Pair or Group Rearing of Calves.”

At 2:15 p.m., Jennifer Bentley, ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Field Specialist will provide a “Resource Update of the Incorporation of Calf Care and Handling SOP’s.”

In between each presentation, attendees will participate in Roundtable Discussion on the topic presented.

Midwest Dairy staff in each state will conduct Midwest Dairy Checkoff updates over the lunch hour.

For the full agenda, visit the I-29 Moo University events webpage.

Sponsors include:

Gold Level: STgenetics, Sealpro; Silver Level: FormAFeed, Central Plains Dairy Foundation, Elanco, Automated Waste Systems; Bronze Level: Nebraska State Dairy Association, Alforex Seeds, Iowa State Dairy Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, AminoPlus Ag Processing, Inc., Minnesota Milk, DCC Waterbeds, AgroPur, American Agco Trading Company, Phileo Lesafre Animal Care, Associated Milk Producers Inc., DiamondV, ProAg Engineering, Inc.,Cottonseed, LLC, Trans-Ova Genetics, Quality Liquid Feeds, Pipestone Veterinary Services.




Virtual Boots in the Barn Offered for Dairy Women

Friday, January 22, 2021 - 2:44pm to Friday, February 5, 2021 - 2:44pm
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Virtual Boots in the Barn Being Offered for Dairy Women

Three-part series for women involved in the dairy industry begins Jan. 22

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Boots in the Barn virtually, a program for women dairy producers. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in a dairy operation or industry and will be held as a webinar series. 

boots in the barn.The webinars will be held Jan. 22 and 29, and Feb. 5, via ZOOM from noon to 1:15 p.m.

The Jan. 22 session will feature Sarah Adcock, assistant professor in animal welfare research/teaching at the University of Wisconsin. Adcock will discuss pain management for disbudding and steps producers can take to stay ahead of consumer concerns and changing industry standards for this procedure.

On Jan. 29, Emily Krekelberg, farm safety and health extension educator at the University of Minnesota, will present “A Better Farm Starts with a Better You.” With low commodity prices, high debt loads and challenging weather in recent years, farm families are experiencing a high amount of stress. The COVID-19 pandemic added an unprecedented set of circumstances to already stressful conditions on many farms. Some days, it can seem impossible to stay above it all.

Krekelberg will interact with the group about wellness, self-care and strategies to help yourself and others cope with stress.

The third webinar will be held on Feb. 5 and include a panel of dairy women sharing their own personal dairy hacks, tips and tricks, from managing to owning and working in the industry. Find how out these three women take care of their animals and balance life. Bring your own ideas and join in the discussion of sharing dairy farm tips and tricks.

There is no fee for this program; however, registration is required. Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The program is also sponsored by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation educational grant.

“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.”

For more information on Boots in the Barn, contact Bentley at or 563-382-2949.



Disbudding Management Goat Webinar

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
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Evidence-based Approaches to Dairy Goat Kid Disbudding

Dairy goat webinar continues with a look at disbudding management

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team will continue its quarterly dairy goat webinar focusing on “Disbudding Management” June 2, 2021, from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Over the last several years, the Iowa State University Dairy Goat Welfare team has performed a series of kid disbudding project to evaluate alternate approaches to traditional heat disbudding and pain mitigation approaches.

During this webinar, Paul Plummer and Jan Shearer, both professors with the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will provide an overview of those research outcomes framed up in practical approaches that producers can consider implementing in their disbudding and pain mitigation program.

“These studies have provided important insights into best practices related to kid disbudding as it relates to welfare and side-effects,” Plummer said.

During the webinar, Natalie Urie, veterinary epidemiologist with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services National Animal Health Monitoring System, will  review the 2019 NAHMS Goat Study, highlighting kidding and disbudding management on U.S. goat operations.

There is no fee to attend the program; however, registration is required.

This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program, Antimicrobial Resistance number: 2020-04197.

Register at or contact Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, at, 563-382-2949.

Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Information will also be provided about future webinars, as dates and topics are announced.