Dairy Goat Management program to be held December 14th in Orange City and Elkader

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Fred Hall
Dairy Specialist- ISU Extension & Outreach


Jennifer Bentley
Dairy Specialist- ISU Extension & Outreach


The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host “Fine-Tuning Your Dairy Goat Management” as a part of their annual Dairy Directions program on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Orange City and the Keystone AEA in Elkader.  

The program will focus on managing forages, utilizing health strategies, improving milk quality, implementing business practices and dealing with the challenges of managing dairy goats. All dairy goat producers are welcome.

The agenda will include:

  • Managing Forages for Milking Goats - Daniel Olson, Program Coordinator with Better than BMR, Lena, WI
  • Health Strategies for the Milking Goat Herd - Dr. Chris Duemler, Brodhead Veterinary Medical Center, Brodhead, WI
  • What Sells Well in Lotions and Soaps - Shanna De Hoogh, Big Red Barn Soaps and Lotions, Sheldon
  • Best Management Practices that Improve Milk Quality, Leo Timms, Iowa State University Professor Emeritus, Ames, IA
  • Changes in Tax Law for Small Producers - Tom Thaden, Iowa Farm Business Association, Sheldon
  • Producer Panel: Challenges of Producing Goat Milk - Shanna De Hoogh, Robin Van Wyk, Tim & Mary Schmidt and Mary Larson.

Both meetings will feature similar programs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., so dairy goat producers can simply select the date and location that works best for them. Registration will open at 9:30 a.m. before each meeting. There is a $5 per person registration fee to attend the program which includes lunch, materials and all presentations.

Register online or via phone at 712-737-4230 (for Orange City) or 563-382-2949 (for Elkader). Deadline to register is Dec. 6.


Additional sponsors for the program include the Iowa Dairy Goat Association and Big Gain Feeds; and in Northwest Iowa - Hull Feed and Produce, and the Quad State Classic Dairy Goat Show. 

Date of Publication: 
November, 2019