I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - December 2016

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Dairy Robotic Milking Systems – What are the Economics?

By Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota Dairy Field Specialist

Over 35,000 robotic milking systems (RMS) units are operational on dairy farms around the world. The main reasons dairy producers install milking robots are to improve their lifestyle and to expand without hiring additional labor. Continue...
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Preparing Your Farm for Winter

By Kim Clark, Nebraska Dairy Extension Educator

Although we may have seen tornado warnings for parts of Nebraska over Thanksgiving weekend, winter is coming soon which means cold temperatures, flying snow and ice. If you haven’t started preparing for winter already now is the time. Below are some reminders as you prepare your animals and farm for the upcoming winter months. Continue..

I-29 Moo University Conducts Fall Dairy Tour in Central Minnesota

By Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

The dairy industry is constantly evolving resulting in a desire to learn from early adopters within the industry. To help facilitate this learning evolution, the I-29 Moo University has hosted a series of fall dairy tours in the I-29 Dairy Corridor which has allowed participants to learn firsthand from tour host sites. This year the tour area was located in central Minnesota and went to Riverview Farms, LLP located at Morris, MN and Redhead Creamery, LLC at Brooten, MN on October 26th, 2016. Continue...

Learning in Action: Cattle Handling and Facilities Workshop

By: Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate

October 27th started early with beautiful fall temperatures above average for this time of year. The 27 participants in the “Low Stress for Safety and Success” workshop began gathering at the SDSU Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station near Philip, SD for a full day of learning. Both cattlemen and FFA youth participants were eager to learn low-stress cattle handling techniques and discuss facility design, and most importantly they were eager to put the knowledge into action. Continue...

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are Central Time.

4: Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. For topic information and to join the webinar, click here.
16-20: I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop; Hot Topics on a Cold Day. Click here for details and to register.
16: Quality Inn, Jamestown, ND
17: Codington County Extension Center, Watertown, SD
18: Pipestone Systems Conference Room, Pipestone, MN
19: Sioux County Extension Office, Orange City, IA
20: Lifelong Learning Center at NECC, Norfolk, NE
23: North Dakota Dairy Convention; Ramada in Bismark, ND.

1: Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. For topic information and to join the webinar, click here.
3: SD Midwest Dairy Assn, District 1& 2 meetings, Brookings, SD
3: SD Dairy Producers Annual Meeting, Brookings, SD
21: Nebraska State Dairy Association annual convention; Columbus, NE
24: Cattle Handling workshop; Beresford, SD

1: Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. For topic information and to join the webinar, click here.
29-30: Central Plains Dairy Expo, Sioux Falls, SD

About Us

The I-29 Moo University is represented by dairy extension educators and allied partners from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.