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Managing & Marketing Quality Holstein Steers Proceedings

hoop barn openingA 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.


Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation Fall Dairy Tour

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:00am to Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:30pm
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The Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation organizes a fall dairy trip annually; this trip offers dairy producers the chance to visit dairies of varying size, management, and equipment.  This year the tour features Sheeknoll Farms, New Sweden Dairy, Bonnie Mohr Studio and Glenmark Genetics, Riverview, LLP, and Redhead Creamery and Jer-Lindy Farms.  The tour dates are November 9-10th. 


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 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


Dairy Monthly Webinar - "What is new in the December Sire Summaries"

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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The monthly Iowa State University Dairy Team webinar scheduled for Wednesday, December 18 has been re-scheduled due to a death in the presenter’s family. Dr. Koltes’ presentation “What is new in the December Sire Summaries” has been rescheduled for 1 pm on Tuesday, December 8.

The presentation will be part of the virtual Dairy Directions program. The free program link is:

The virtual program will feature updates to the December Genetic Evaluation. Dr. Koltes will focus on the development of the “feed saved” genetic evaluation and the “heifer livability proof, and how these will be incorporated into the SNM index in April. Plus, he will review the calving ease changes from the August proofs. In addition, Fred Hall will present a short milk market review.

For questions or more information contact Fred Hall at 712.737.4230 or