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I-29 Moo University: Dairy Beef Short Course

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
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I-29 moo University Collaboration will host the 3rd Annual Dairy Beef Short Course on March 28th, 2017 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  This course is a pre-conference educational seminar held in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo.

Registration will begin at 10:00 am, with the course beginning at 10:30 am and ending at 3:00 pm.  Topics will include: Vaccination and Implant Protocols, Managing Liver Abscesses in the VFD Age, Marketing Dairy Beef in 2017, Financial Management and Working with Lenders.


Navigating through Low Dairy Profit Margins

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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The dairy industry is currently experiencing low dairy profit margins.  Join Citizens Savings Bank for a two-hour program addressing the dairy economy, dairy management, feed costs and returns, labor costs, issues, and efficiencies. 

The program will begin at 1:00 P.M on June 14th at the NICC Calmar Campus, Wilder Business Center Auditorium.  Featured speakers include Jenn Bentley, ISUEO Dairy Field Specialist and Gary Sipiorski, Dairy Development Manager, Vita Plus and Past President/Loan Officer with Citizens State Bank. 

Informational meeting coordinated by Citizens Savings Bank. 

For more information, click on Dairy Meeting_June 2017.pdf



Financial Education for Dairy Producers offered Aug. 16 in Orange City

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:45am
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Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Dairy Edition,” a class geared towards helping dairy producers improve their financial knowledge and bottom line. The class will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach – Sioux County office in Orange City.

ISU Dairy Specialist Larry Tranel will present enterprise analysis and information on the Millionaire Model Farm, milking system upgrades including robots, and information on organic and grazing dairies.

Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist Fred Hall will also share updated information relevant to the drought. He and Tranel will both be available to answer questions.

Hall said that the remainder of the meeting will be somewhat informal and will be driven by the interests and needs of those dairy producers in attendance.

“Dairymen and women who attend will receive information on a variety of financial topics useful for all dairies,” Hall said. “There is no fee to attend, but interested individuals must pre-register by Aug. 14.”

To pre-register for the meeting, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach – Sioux County office at 712-737-4230 or email Hall at


Tri-State Ag Lender's Seminar

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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The 31st Annual Tri-State Agriculture Lender’s Seminar will be held on Thursday,
October 26th at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque, Iowa from 10:00 am – 3:00
pm. This year’s focus is on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy along with
the issues of dairy finances, land prices and farm economy issues.
“Price risk management continues to be the major variable for profitability in many
commodity enterprises. Understanding the market and risk is a necessary part of farm
management assistance for agricultural lenders as well”, says Larry Tranel, ISU
Extension Dairy Field Specialist.” This seminar has proven itself in assisting lenders and
farm financial advisors in helping farmers manage that risk.”
The cost of the program is $100 per person by October 17th. To register, contact Larry
Tranel at ISU Extension in Dubuque County at 563-583-6496 or e-mail for registration information.


Siouxland Dairy Lender's Seminar

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
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siouxland ag lender seminarAll agricultural lenders will receive useful information during the Siouxland Dairy Lender’s Seminar on Thursday, November 2 at the Forrester Community Center in Rock Rapids, Iowa. Lenders who serve agricultural clients and especially lenders who work with dairymen in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are encouraged to attend. This year’s focus is on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy, long-term weather influences for agriculture plus dairy finances and ag policy. The program begins with registration at 9 am, with programs running from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

“ Ag lenders know that price risk management continues to be a major variable for profitability in many ag enterprises and understanding the current market trends and risks is a necessary part of farm management assistance”, says NW Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist Fred M. Hall. “Lenders working with dairymen have the additional necessity of understanding a complex system of milk marketing, labor inputs and federal policy implications,” continued Hall.

Modeled after the long-running Tri-State Lenders program in Dubuque that has developed a proven record of assisting lenders and farm financial advisors in helping farmers manage risk; Hall notes, “Siouxland lenders will have now have a local source for current information as they begin their annual reviews with clients.”

The list of nationally recognized presenters include; David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago presenting “A Fed’s Look at Dairy Economics”; Larry Tranel, ISU Extension Dairy Specialist presenting “Millionaire Model Dairy Farms”; Chad Hart, ISU Extension Economist presenting “Commodity Market Review and Outlook”; Harry Hillaker, Iowa Climatologist presenting “Agricultural Weather Outlook”; and Robert Tigner, UNL Extension Educator presenting “Dairy Market Review and Outlook”.

The cost of the program is $80 for the first person from an institution and $50 for each additional person that have made the registration by October 27. After that date, including at the door all registrations will be $100 and will not include the lunch. To register, contact the Sioux County Extension office at 712.737.4230 or email Fred M. Hall at for registration information.




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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


Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 8:00pm
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Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference set for April 17

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Sit down with any Northwest Iowa livestock producer - dairy, swine, beef or poultry - and the topic of labor is sure to surface in the conversation.

According to Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist Fred Hall, everybody has the solution for how agriculture can find and keep a dependable labor force, but each has a perspective for the solution that often doesn’t recognize or jive with the issues identified by employees or employers.

To help identify those issues, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall and Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life Lori Hayungs have worked with retired ISU Sociologist Dr. Jan Flora to develop a survey for employees and a survey for employers. Hall and Hayungs are asking farm employees and employers to identify the issues that they believe are most important to bringing employees and employers together for mutually beneficial arrangements and strong communities.

“These surveys should tie together the needs of each - employers and employees - and build a framework for programs that will help stabilize the workforce and build community,” Hall said. “Surveys have been circulating the area with help from local churches and farm groups.”

The distribution and completion of these surveys is all leading up to the Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference on Tuesday, April 17 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City.

Employer Track

The employer track registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:15. Speakers will discuss what community means to immigrants, consistent management practices for people, animal welfare, and creating community for employees in Sioux County.

In addition, all attendees will be asked to complete the employer survey during the noon lunch. Employers who are not able to attend, but would still like to share their opinion may also complete the online form which can be accessed at Once completed, email the survey to

Employee Track

The employee track will be presented in Spanish and will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on April 17. The evening will start with a light dinner, and the program will start at 6:15 p.m. The discussion will focus on how immigrants understand community, and how employers can build consistent management practices for people that protect both employees and supports animal welfare.

All employees will be asked to complete a survey. Proctors will be available to assist, if needed.


Neither the employee or employer program has a registration fee, but pre-registration is required to ensure that enough meals are provided.

Pre-registration can be made by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office at 712-737-4230 or emailing Questions and/or more information can also be requested by calling or emailing Hall.


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.