AMES, Iowa – The 2019 Dairy Beef Short Course, presented by the I-29 Moo University consortium, will focus on how dairy beef bull calves should be viewed as more than a by-product of the industry. The consortium is a collaboration of extension dairy specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
As dairy and beef producers continue to experience economic struggles, increasing the value of bull calves can add value for dairymen, feeders and processors. The short course is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 in at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It is held in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo.
While parking and entry to the Dairy Expo is free, there is a $20 registration fee to attend the Dairy Beef Short Course. The fee includes educational materials, refreshments and lunch. The registration deadline is March 20; registration should be made online.
The course’s program agenda includes:
- Realizing Full Value in Holstein Steers – Daniel Schaefer, professor of animal science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Considerations for Choosing Beef Genetics To Use in Dairy Herds – Warren Rusche, extension beef feedlot management associate at South Dakota State University.
- Dairy Cattle Impact on Beef Supply and Marketing Opportunities – Brenda Boetel, professor of agricultural economics at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
- Enhancing the Value of Your Dairy Beef Bull Calf to Meet Health Concerns – Russ Daly, DVM, and professor and extension veterinarian at South Dakota State University.
Additionally, a roundtable discussion will focus on Building a Carcass for the Future. The panel includes:
- Jerry Wulf, Wulf Cattle, Morris, Minnesota.
- Kent Pruismann, Rock River Feeders, Sioux Center, Iowa.
- Erik Loe, nutritional consultant for Midwest PMS, Sioux Center, Iowa.
- Duane Broek, Select Sires representative, Watertown, South Dakota.
The program will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 3:15 p.m. For more information, contact Fred M. Hall, dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, at 712-737-4230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.