I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - April 2018

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February 2018 Dairy Budget

By: Robert Tigner, Agriculture Systems Economics, Educator

The February 2018 Iowa-Nebraska dairy budget turned very negative for February. I was unable to complete a January budget. The 20,000 pound freestall budget shows a loss of $1.91 per cwt economic return while the 24,000 pound budget was negative by $0.22 per cwt. Continue...
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Consumers Asking for Cattle Industry Certification Programs

By Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate

Renewing the Focus on Quality Assurance Certification

How many of you know The People Behind Beef video that is part of the Beef? It’s What’s For Dinner – Rethink the Ranch campaign? The beef supply chain is made up of a lot of people! People that care for newborn calves, feed cattle, transport cattle, harvest the meat, and prepare that meat for someone’s meal. Each person along this supply chain takes pride in the quality and safety of the final food product, regardless of if they handle a live animal or a cut of meat. Continue...

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Veterinarian Update: Using Pain Control & Anesthetics in Food Animals

By Russ Daly, DVM, DACVPM, Professor SDSU

Common Uses

Common procedures such as castration and dehorning have long been considered potentially painful for animals, but only relatively recently have there been products available for veterinary use to reduce pain associated with these surgeries. Streeter explained that there are some benefits to the presence of pain: it’s the physiologic response that makes the animal protect an injured part of the body, for example. When pain becomes chronic, however, many adverse effects on the animal have been documented, including impaired immune, cardiovascular, digestive, and neurologic functions. Furthermore, for some animals, the physical and psychological stimulation present during some painful conditions can wind itself up to the point where severe stress sets in. Continue...

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Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.



2: Margin Protection Plan Update webinar by Marin Bozic; 11:30 am CST. Register at https://z.umn.edu/MPPMay2.

2: ACWW webinar 11:00 am; Youth: Biosecurity tasks before, during and after a show; Click here for details and to join the webinar.


6: ACWW webinar 11:00 am; Youth: practical tips for county fairs/weigh days or other animal exhibits to insure animal and visitor health. Click here for details and to join the webinar.


11: ACWW webinar 11:00 am; Cattle handling facility notifications that make a difference. Click here for details and to join the webinar.


1: ACWW webinar 11:00 am; Parasite control (sheep and cattle) and being a good steward: tips for implementing new research findings. Click here for details and to join the webinar.


5: ACWW webinar 11:00 am; Antibiotic/antimicrobial stewardship: importance of product handling, storage temperature range and mixing. Click here for details and to join the webinar.

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