Local Dairy Days in Eastern Iowa Feature Farm Profitability

Local Dairy Days in Eastern Iowa Feature Farm Profitability

ISU Extension Dairy Days set for seven eastern Iowa locations between January 18 and February 4.

Iowa dairy producers will have the opportunity to hear Iowa State University Extension specialists share information on emerging dairy industry issues at the 2010 ISU Extension Dairy Days. The meetings are scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between January 18 and February 4.

The ISU Extension Dairy Team conducts this workshop each winter to help producers make herd management decisions based on the latest research.  This year producers will learn about current issues in pasteurizing milk for calves from Jennifer Bentley, ISU Extension dairy specialist.  Angie Rieck-Hinz will discuss manure stewardship and current manure regulations and Larry Tranel, an ISU Extension dairy specialist, will answer the question many dairy farmers are asking him: "Am I Making a Profit?"

Mycotoxins and other interesting issues to be discussed

After lunch, Lee Kilmer, dairy science professor at ISU in Ames, will talk about cutting feed costs without cutting profits. Leo Timms, another ISU Extension dairy specialist, will address heifer and cow pregnancy issues and ISU livestock and forage specialist Dale Thoreson will address current feed and forage quality issues, especially concerns with mycotoxins.

Dairy Days will be offered at seven locations this year:  Jan. 18 in Elma, Jan. 19 in Calmar, Jan. 20 in Waverly, Feb. 1 in Bloomfield, Feb. 2 in Kalona, Feb. 3 in Holy Cross and Feb. 4 in Ryan.  Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program will conclude by 3 p.m.  Details about each date are available from your county ISU Extension office.

A $10 registration fee covers a noon meal and proceedings costs.  Vouchers may be available from local ag-service providers or veterinarians. Pre-registration is requested by the Friday before each event to reserve a meal.  Call your county ISU Extension office or register online at www.tinyurl.com/dairydays.

Farmers can get free analysis of a feed/forage sample they bring

Producers may also take advantage of free shaker box analysis of feed by bringing a ziploc bag of TMR, silage or grain samples (approx. 1 quart) for particle size analysis.

For more information about these meetings contact your local county ISU Extension office or Dr. Leo Timms at 515-294-4522. For information about local Extension events and programs, contact:

* Allamakee: Julie Christensen, 563-568-6345, [email protected]

* Chickasaw:  Mary Lynch, 641-394-2174, [email protected]

* Clayton:  Rita Severson, 563-245-1451, [email protected]

* Fayette: Dan Burkhart, 563-425-3331, [email protected]

* Howard:  Sue Barnes, 563-547-3001, [email protected]

* Winneshiek:  Bonnie Sorum, 563-382-2949, [email protected]

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