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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.


Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 9:30am to Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 12:00pm
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Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference goes virtual on June 9 & 10.

Learn the latest information in dairy nutrition and management by attending the virtual 2021 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference on June 9-10. The new format is designed to improve the participant experience.

June 9 and 10 will feature live morning sessions designed to promote interaction and discussion between participants and the speakers. All presentations will be pre-recorded and will be made available to participants for viewing before the conference and for 60 days after the conference. General sessions will also have a live component with speakers providing a 5-minute live summary of their recorded presentation. This will be followed with a 45 minute to one hour question and discussion period between session speakers and participants. We encourage participants to watch the recorded presentation before the conference and come with your questions. Breakout session will not have a live component, but you will be able to contact speakers directly with your questions.

The June 9 morning session will feature Dr. Bill Weiss, Ohio State University discussing updated energy systems for dairy cows. Dr. Jim Drackley, University of Illinois will be be explaining a new system for determining the nutrient requirements of young dairy calves. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Bill, Jim and nutritionists sharing their ideas of how we will be feeding cows in the future.

The June 10 session will feature a discussion on hypocalcemia treatment and prevention featuring Dr. Jesse Goff, Iowa State University and Dr. Laura Hernandez, University of Wisconsin. Another morning session will focus on improving lactation performance using high digestible forage featuring Dr. Kan Kalscheur, USDA Forage Research Center discussing their lactation research on reduced lignin alfalfa. Dr. Luiz Ferreretto, University of Wisconsin will discuss corn silage fiber digestibility.

Select breakout topics include:

  • Lackluster calves – using lung ultrasound to identify a “calories-out” problem
  • Interpretation and use of new passive immunity guidelines
  • Optimizing the use of sexed semen
  • Nutritional strategies for alleviating heat stress in dairy cows
  • Dairy heifer coccidiosis research with novel egg antibodies and essential oils
  • Using summer to winter ratios to evaluate summer slump
  • What is happening in the gut in the scouring calf and effective fluid therapy
  • Mineral bioavailability

For details and to register, visit or contact Jim Salfer at or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $100. This conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension.



ISU Monthly Webinar - What Does this Season's Corn Silage Look Like?

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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ORANGE CITY, Iowa - The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. The program “What does this season’s corn silage look like?” features a presentation by Neal Wininger, Feed and Forage Consultant with Dairyland Labs of Arcadia, Wis.

Wininger will discuss what the lab analysis from this year's corn silage samples are telling him about the quality of the crop and what producers can anticipate about how it will convert into milk in the tank.

Producers, dairy consultants, and industry reps are encouraged to attend the webinar. There is no fee for the program and preregistration is not needed.

To join the program at noon on Dec. 15, use this link:

For more information contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Field Specialist in your area: in Northwest Iowa, Fred M. Hall, 712-737-4230 or; in Northeast Iowa, Jennifer Bentley, 563-382-2949 or; in East Central Iowa, Larry Tranel, 563-583-6496 or


Dairy Beef

feed wagonDairy producers looking at options to add revenue to the operation by retaining and finishing their dairy steer calves is increasing. Find resources to help make management decisions involving dairy beef on this page. Resources cover dairy beef as an enterprise, feeding options, implants and economics.


Statewide Forage Field Days

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 10:00am to Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 3:00pm
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