I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - May 2018

Water Quality and Requirements for Dairy Cattle

Co-author: Kim Clark, Nebraska Dairy Extension Educator

Providing insufficient water or water of poor quality to dairy cattle can limit milk production and growth, and can cause health problems. An adequate supply of clean water promotes normal rumen function, high feed intake, digestion, and nutrient absorption. Water also maintains blood volume, supplies tissue needs, and makes up 87 percent of the milk secreted by the cow. Continue...
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Preparing To Host a Farm Tour

By: Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

It is important for producers to keep disease risk at a minimum when hosting open houses or developing agro-tourism businesses. Educating attendees about the need for disease prevention will help minimize participant’s feelings of inconvenience regarding a farm’s biosecurity protocols. Determine high to low risk areas for biosecurity and whether or not participants will be able to partake in those areas or what protocols will need to be followed if they are allowed into certain areas. Communicate ahead of time that participants with dogs or other animals will not be allowed unto your operation. Inform participants ahead of time that if they have travelled internationally within a week they will not be able to participate. Continue...

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Master Hoof Care Program Set For June 6-7

Research has proven that with each incidence of lameness the loss of milk production, lowered conception rate, and treatment cost exceeds $120 and over 90 percent of foot rot cases, digital dermatitis and sole ulcer cases can be treated.

Finding cows early and treating them right away will shorten the duration of disease and limit the probability of relapse, but the knowledge and training of the hoof trimmers in paramount in a herd program that lowers lameness.

A Master Hoof Care training will be held on June 6-7 at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa. This course is a hands-on training program for instruction in hoof care and trimming. Trimming techniques are designed to correct claw horn overgrowth without over-trimming, balance weight bearing within and between the claws of each foot, and finally, create a stable weight-bearing surface on all claws. The lab will consist of instruction on knife sharpening techniques, the treatment of lameness disorders including the proper application of foot blocks for relief of weight bearing in diseased or injured claws and practice trimming with knives and grinders.

Dr. Jan Shearer, Dairy Extension Veterinarian at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine will teach this class. Dr. Shearer's primary areas of interest for many years has been lameness, euthanasia and welfare of cattle. In addition, he can present in Spanish for students having difficulty following in English.

The tuition is $750 total (divided into 2 checks), the second check is to cover manuals, DVD, set of knives, gauges, and other educational material, feet, student help and food; both checks are due by the beginning of class.

For more information contact Leslie Shearer, ISU, MHC Coordinator at lshearer@iastate.edu with your complete contact information including name, phone, address, position (e.g. Veterinarian, dairyman, trimmer etc. If you have further questions please call 515.294.2836 or text 352/538-0168.

Minnesota Milk Summer Escape

On behalf of our board of directors, we invite you to join us for a day (or two) of fun at our Summer Escape, June 13-14, 2018, in Glenwood, MN. Reserve your spot today by calling our office at 763-355-9697, or online at www.mnmilk.org/events.

Three events include:

Minnesota Milk’s inaugural “Minnesota Milk Cup” – noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A shotgun start golf scramble begins at noon (with 11 a.m. registration). Bring your foursome, sponsor a group of farmers, or sponsor a hole for scholarships, at the Minnewaska Golf Club.

Dinner and Boat Cruise – 5:45 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2018

We’ll have dinner on shore then set sail on beautiful lake Minnewaska with Captain’s Bar and Grill. Dining begins at 5:45 p.m. and the cruise starts at 6:30 p.m.

Dairy Farm Tours – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, June 14, 2018

At Minnesota Milk, we believe we learn best from others. Join us in seeing three innovative dairies in West Central Minnesota. Ticket includes continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch. Tours include:

Dorrich Dairy: We’ll visit this 400-cow, 2015 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winner to see the Vold family’s new compost drum, innovative pest management practices and overall approach to conservation.

Louriston Dairy: View the latest facility as part of the Riverview LLP family. After breaking ground in March 2017, the 9,500 cow facility opened November 6, 2017. Their 106-cow rotary milks cows twice per day.

Youngren Dairy: This 380-cow, third-generation dairy built a cross-ventilated freestall with seven Lely robots in 2016. With the robots, the Youngrens improved to 92 pounds of milk and a 25% pregnancy rate.

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I-29 Annual Call for Sponsorship

I-29 Moo University is a 5-state collaboration of extension professionals from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota. In the last 3 years, we have offered…

  • Nine programs at 33 locations in the five-state area.
  • I-29 Moo University works extensively to reach the 867,500 cows (USDA, 2017) in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska with direct producer programming.
  • Programs and tours have drawn 1,128 producers and industry professionals. This past year our programs represented over 100,000 cows in the region, alone!
  • More than 600 people view our monthly e-newsletter from 150 locations worldwide, including one foreign country.

We depend on sponsorships from companies to keep the cost affordable for participants. If you have been a sponsor in the past, we want to thank you for your past support and ask that you continue your sponsorship this year. If you have never been a sponsor, please consider this opportunity to promote your company by supporting these programs for dairy producers and dairy beef feeders. We offer excellent programming throughout the year to meet the ever-changing needs of dairy producers and industry professionals throughout the five-state region addressing timely topics, setting up tours, and connecting progressive ideas. Continue...

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.



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.

6-7: Master Hoof Care Program: Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa. For more information contact Leslie Shearer at lshearer@iastate.edu or 515-294-2836.

13-14: Minnesota Milk Summer Escape: Glenwood, MN. Visit MNMilk.org/Events for details.


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.

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.