A list of the breakout sessions discussing dairy beef, nutrition of wet calves, nutrition: growing and finishing, housing and management, feedlot nutritional management, breeding, genetics and grazing, markets and risk management, health and disease management, meat quality and industry perspective and implant strategies. The conference was help November 2, 2005.
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.
A new program for women beef and dairy producers will be held in January in the Dyersville area. Boots in the Barn is a three part series for women involved in their cattle operation. Two time sessions will be offered with dairy topics from 1 to 3 pm and beef topics from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Extension staff in Clayton, Delaware and Dubuque counties identified the need for ag programs for women. “We’ve had great success with programs designed specifically for women,” said Denise Schwab, ISU Extension beef specialist. “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.”
These three counties all have strong dairy and beef operations with 25% of Iowa’s dairy herds and 5% of Iowa’s beef cow herds. Dairy and beef production has a lot in common, such as reproduction and basic ruminant nutrition. However, they have slightly different perspectives, such as nutritional requirements for maximum milk production, feed quality requirements, and grazing options. “We know dairy producers prefer to meet during the day and beef women prefer evenings,” said Jenn Bentley, ISU Extension dairy specialist, “so we are offering two different programs to best meet each of their needs.”
Boots in the Barn will be held January 4, 11 and 18 with a snow date of February 8. The dairy session will be offered from 1 to 3 pm and the beef session will be 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The January 4 session will feature Dr. Leo Timms on milk quality and udder health for the dairy session. The beef session will feature beef herd health and a herd management calendar. Both sessions will meet at the Commercial Club Park community room in Dyersville.
The January 11 session for both the dairy and beef groups will feature Dr. Grant Dewell, ISU Extension Veterinarian, and others from the vet school with “Frosty the cow”. “Frosty” is a life-size cow model used to teach calving management, dystocia, and delivery to veterinary students. Participants will have the opportunity to deliver a fully jointed life-size calf, and practice difficult deliveries on a model. These sessions will be held at the Fast Stop shed at 32199 Old Castle Rd. in Dyersville.
The January 18 sessions will focus on nutrition with Dr. Hugo Ramirez, ISU Extension dairy specialist. The dairy session will focus on quality feed delivery, and tools to measure feed quality. They are encouraged to bring along a feed sample for discussion. The beef session will feature Ramirez discussing quality silage and Schwab discussing basic beef feed budgeting and cost control. Both sessions will meet at the Commercial Club Park community room in Dyersville.
Resources for feed prices, feeds, forage sampling, testing, marketing, storage, management and nutrition. Considering feed prices, management, and testing and sampling can affect the health of a herd and farmer's bottom line. Consider using the resources found on this page to determine what is best for your operation and the nutritional health of the herd.
Proceedings for I-29 Moo University Conference, Iowa Dairy Days and the 4-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference. Check back frequently for updated links and additional listings.