In June there are several meetings of importance to dairy and livestock producers in northeast Iowa. For example, livestock producers will have the opportunity to learn more about how the current manure regulations will affect their farms at three upcoming meetings hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The meetings will take place June 3, 16 and 17 and will give livestock producers the opportunity to hear from ISU Extension, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service specialists.
ISU Extension ag engineer Dan Huyser will explain the federal Clean Water Act and how it relates to current manure regulations. Environmental specialists from the Iowa DNR will explain the new EPA-DNR "work plan" agreement made last fall. They will explain the purpose of the new farm inspections, which farms are most likely to be inspected, and the inspection process. They will answer any questions. Specialists from NRCS will also be present to explain the EQIP program and ways a producer can use this program to improve nutrient management as well as answer questions.
The manure regulation meetings will be held 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at these locations:
June 3 at the Borlaug Learning Center on the Northeast Iowa Research Farm at Nashua
June 16 at the FarmTek classroom in the main office at Dyersville
June 17 at the Northeast Iowa Dairy Center at Calmar
Contact Dan Huyser at 515-298-1731 if you need more information about these manure management and manure regulation meetings.
Millionaire model farms and organic dairy budgets
ISU Extension will host a pasture walk near Farley from 10 a.m. to noon June 10 at the Eric and Amanda Gaul farm. Eric and Amanda rotationally graze 180 Holsteins and crossbreeds and will lead attendees on a walking tour of their pastureland with a focus on paved surface lanes and waterlines along the pasture. ISU Extension dairy specialist Larry Tranel will discuss the updated program entitled "Millionaire Model Farms and Organic Dairy Budgets."
The pasture walk will be located at 26946 Dyersville East Road, near Farley. From Hwy. 52 at Holy Cross, turn right (south) onto County Hwy-Y13/Holy Cross Road for 6.7 miles. Then turn right onto Dyersville East Rd for 1.4 miles and farm will be on the left. Coming from Farley, go north out of Farley 4.7 miles on County Hwy-Y13, then turn left onto Dyersville East Rd for 1.4 miles and farm will be on the left.
The Northeast Iowa Graziers plan pasture walks to local farms to help producers learn how better pasture management can result in healthier profits and a healthier environment. The walks are organized by area graziers and supported by ISU Extension and USDA/NRCS. Pasture walks are informal educational programs designed to demonstrate one or two key areas of pasture management, as well as answer any questions you might have. Each has a slightly different focus and all producers who are dependent on forage production are invited to attend to improve their own pasture management. For more information contact Larry Tranel, 563-583-6496 or [email protected] or Jenn Bentley, 563-382-2949 or [email protected]
Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference Set
The 2014 Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference will be held June 11-12 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The conference will present the latest research on issues concerning the dairy industry including feed efficiency, calves and transition cows. This conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension.
The program starts on June 11 with a pre-conference symposium. Milo Wiltbank will cover reproduction and amino acid balancing and Dan Luchini will discuss the benefits of feeding methionine during transition. Other topics include amino acid balancing for lactating cows and factors affecting vitamin availability. Select breakout topics include: Can genomics improve feed efficiency?; What cows have to say about NDF and starch digestion; The first 60 days, can we make it better?; Economics of intensified calf feeding programs; Automatic calf feeders study update; Can amino acids improve use of non-milk proteins on milk replacers?; Wisconsin cost of raising heifers survey results; Transition cow health: meeting lactation demands while maintaining a healthy liver; and How robotic dairies are feeding their cows.
This conference has 20 different speakers and various sessions
"This conference has more than 20 different speakers during the symposium and breakout sessions. Every producer will find something relevant to their work in the dairy," says Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota Extension educator.
Other topics to be covered include understanding mastitis diagnostic results, dairy title of the new USDA farm bill, dairy nutrition models, hemorrhagic bowel syndrome and transition cow crowding. For more information and to register for this event, visit wiagribusiness.org/fourstate.php or contact Wisconsin Agri-Service Assn., 608-223-1111, or Jim Salfer, Extension Educator at [email protected] or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $150 early until May 31 and $175 after.