I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - November 2017

I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series

From Field to Bunk: Growing and Feeding Dairy Quality Forages

Dates and locations:

January 8-12, 2018

January 8th – Mandan, ND – Baymont Inn & Suites, 2611 Old Red Trail Northwest Mandan, North Dakota 58554

January 9th – Watertown, SD – Codington County Extension Complex (Kitchen Mtg. Room), 1910 West Kemp Avenue, Watertown, SD 57201

January 10th – Pipestone, MN - Pipestone Veterinary Services, 1801 Forman Drive, Pipestone, MN 56164

January 11th – Orange City, IA – Sioux County Extension Office, 400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700, Orange City, IA 51041

January 12th – Norfolk, NE – Lifelong Learning Center at NECC, 601 East Benjamin Ave., Norfolk, NE 68701

Program Agenda:

9:30 am – Registration & Refreshments

10:00 am – New Forage Genetic Lines and how they Impact the Dairy Industry - Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension Forage Specialist

  • Learn how forage genetic improvements in corn silage, sorghums and cover crops can influence the soil health and dairy diet performance in your operation.
10:45 am – Cover Crops – incorporating them into your Forage Production System – Sara Berg, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist
  • Learn about cover crop incorporation into your fields, rotation considerations and planting methods.
11:30 am - Break

11:45 am – Incorporating Cover Crops into Dairy Rations – James C. Paulson

  • Incorporate the nuts and bolts of cover crops into your dairy farm, maximizing nutrition and profitability.
12:30 – Lunch

1:30 pm – Sponsor recognition

2:00 pm – Silage Pile Safety training for you & your employees – Keith Bolsen, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Kansas State University, “The Silage Man”, Nationally known speaker in silage production and safety practices.

  • Is your silage program safe? Silage safety practices and considerations to come home safely at the end of the day for you, your employees and family members.

2:45 pm – Evaluating Dairy Diets from the Nutritionist, to the Employee, to the Cow.– Co-presented - Fernando Diaz, DVM, PhD – Dairy Nutrition and Management Consultant – Rosecrans Dairy Consulting & Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

  • Understand feeding inefficiencies as you deliver diets to your dairy herd.
3:30 pm – Evaluation & adjourn


$50 per person before December 29, 2017, $65 per person after December 29.

Students: $25 per person before December 29, 2017, $30 per person after December 29.

Registration Discounts will be offered as follows:

SDDP (SD Dairy Producer Association) – 1 registration/member farm

NSDA (Nebraska State Dairy Association) – 1 registration / member farm

WIDA (Western Iowa Dairy Association) – 1 registration / member farm

MN Milk - $25 off 1 registration / member farm for first 20 participants

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Remodeling and repurposing a building for dairy production

By Kevin Janni, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

Are you wondering if it is worthwhile to remodel an existing building you have on your farm to make it more useful? The answer depends on many factors including the existing building location, condition and size, and the purpose of the remodeled building. When building a new barn you start with a clean slate. When remodeling you start with an existing building at a specific location and given characteristics, which may limit your options or require expensive changes.

The key to successful remodeling is making sure that the remodeled building provides useful space that fits your management plan and is easy to use. Continue...

Click here for a recent presentation on Considerations When Remodeling Barns

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Putting Manure Handling Safety Into Practice

By Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

As agricultural livestock producers, we should know the dangers of manure pit gases. We should know they can be toxic and even deadly. The gases referred to are methane, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and ammonia. As safety equipment improves with advancements in technology we need to make sure we are informed and knowledgeable regarding what is available and proper usage. We should provide training on proper manure handling safety protocols and the use-of-equipment. Continue...
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The Newborn Calf & Colostrum Management

Co-author: Kim Clark, Nebraska Dairy Extension Educator

Administering High Quality Colostrum to the Newborn Calf Passive Immunity in cattle is the short term immunity transfer from mother to offspring by way of colostrum consumption. This is very important in cattle because during pregnancy there is no transport of antibodies across the placenta. Therefore, calves are born with a naïve immune system, basically they do not have an active immune system of their own. Colostrum contains antibodies, technically called immunoglobulins (Ig), for priming the calf’s immune system; in addition it has a high content of fat to provide energy to the calf. A newborn calf’s small intestine is permeable or “open” and is able to absorb the Ig contained in colostrum; however, it can also absorb environmental pathogens that can cause diseases. Continue...

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.

5: Dairy Directions Seminar; Sac County Iowa. Click here for details.
6: Dairy Directions Seminar; Pocahontas County Iowa. Click here for details.
6: Animal Care Wednesday Webinar; 11:00 am. Topic: Providing Animal Care During Natural Disasters. Click here for more information and to join.
6 & 7: Quickbooks 101 and 201; Norfolk, NE Click here for details.

8-12: I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop. Agenda and Registration details coming soon!
  • January 8: Mandan, ND - Baymont Inn & Suites
  • January 9: Watertown, SD - Codington County Extension Complex
  • January 10: Pipestone, MN - Pipestone Verterinary Services
  • January 11: Orange City, IA - Sioux County Extension Office
  • January 12: Norfolk, NE - Lifelong Learning Center at NECC

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.