I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - April 2017

Finding and Keeping Good Employees- It Can Be Done!

By Betty Berning, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota

One of the top issues I hear about from farmers is labor management. Most people aren’t farmers because they wanted to manage employees. Most farmers want to FARM. As farms grow, though, more help (and management!) is required. Enter employees. For an operation to be successful as it grows, owners must accept that they will need to spend more time on management activities, like human resources. Continue...

Farm Animal Antibiotic Resistance and Stewardship

By: Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate

2017 Animal Care Wednesday Webinars

During the February 1st Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we heard one of the leading experts discuss the challenging social concerns of antibiotic resistance. Michael Apley, Frick Professor of Clinical Sciences with the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, challenged listeners to better understand the difference between judicious use and stewardship of antibiotics by reviewing the many factors involved in epidemiology (study of incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases). Continue...

Administering High Quality Colostrum to the Newborn Calf (available in Spanish, also)

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

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 transpot of antibodies across the placenta. Therefore, calves are born with naive immune systems, basically they do not have an active immune system of their own. Continue...

Click here for the article in Spanish

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...

Hands-on Cattle Handling Workshop: A recap from Beresford, SD

By Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate

The day focused on learning cattle handling techniques, evaluating handling facilities, and understanding the impacts of handling on beef quality to ensure both human and cattle safety. Continue...

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are Central Time.

18-19: UMDIA meetings, Rochester or St. Cloud. Click here for details.

3: 11:00 am: Cattle transportation basics & preparing for emergencies; Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Click here for more information and to join the webinar.
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 Webinars. Click here for more information and to join.

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.