I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - May 2017

Emergency Preparedness on Dairies

By Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

Emergency preparedness is something we all know we should do, but unfortunately it often ends up on the “to do list” never getting checked off as completed. We know emergencies happen, we just don’t know to whom, when, or what type of emergency. Being prepared for an emergency on your dairy can significantly improve recovery time from an unexpected incident. Continue...

It is not just the ration – non-dietary factors affecting milk production

By Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota, Dairy Extension Educator

I often get calls from frustrated farmers, nutritionists and veterinarians wondering why a herd of cows is not milking as well as the diet indicates they should be milking. Most of the time the problem is not related to forage quality and ration formulation. Most nutritionists have the skills and tools to develop diets that support high milk production. We are learning that achieving high production is more than just feeding a well-balanced diet with high-quality forage. The interaction of feeding, resting and minimizing stress has a big influence on cow performance. Continue...

Cattle Handling Workshop Hosted at Rosebud Sioux Tribal Ranch

By: Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate

'Low Stress for Safety and Success' Workshop

March 16th was a beautiful day for the “Low Stress for Safety and Success” workshop hosted at the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Ranch. “We are grateful to the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Ranch for hosting us. We appreciate them allowing us to work with their cow herd and experience their handling facilities,” said Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate. Heidi Carroll and her colleagues Julie Walker, SDSU Extension Beef Specialist, and Joe Darrington, SDSU Extension Livestock Environment Associate, organized three workshops around South Dakota. This workshop was the final producer workshop of the North Central Extension Risk Management grant-funded project. Continue...

Use Your Employee Handbook!

By Betty Berning, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

Does your farm have an employee handbook? I’ve talked to many dairy farmers about employee handbooks this winter. Many farms have a handbook, which is great! However, farmers tell me they are unsure of how to use the handbook once it’s written. Too often, employees don’t look at the handbook or farms forget they have it and the handbook collects dust on a shelf. Continue...

Monitoring hygiene in calf feeding equipment (available in Spanish, also)

By Kim Clark, Dairy Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln in collaboration with Iowa State University

Calves represent the future of any dairy farm because they will become the next generation of lactating cows. At birth, calves have an immature immune system and are unable to fight off infections by themselves, therefore, it is imperative that calves receive high quality colostrum shortly after birth. The colostrum contains proteins called immunoglobulins or antibodies that protect the calf against diseases. These antibodies are produced by the mother but do not transfer to the fetus so they must be obtained through colostrum. Continue...

Click here for the article in Spanish

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are Central Time.

31: Bugs on Your Farm (think parasites, microbes, etc.) workshop. Clearwater, NE. Click here for details and to register.

5: 11:00 am: Equine nutrition basics; Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Click here for more information and to join.

7: Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Click here for more information and to join.
18: Dairy Robots workshop; Plainview, NE. Details to come.

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.