I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - June 2016

Reduce Heat Stress Even in Your Baby Calves!

By: Jennifer Bentley, Dairy Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Most often, as the temperature climbs we run straight to the barn making sure the fans and sprinklers are all set and ready to go. We know heat stress has dramatic

effects on milk production, which affects us immediately in cow health and in the pocketbook.


How often during times of heat stress are you running over to the calf barn or hutches to see what’s going on with your calves? Continue...

Beat the Heat - Having Your Cows Ready to Avoid the Hot Summer Temperatures

By: Ryan Breuer, DVM, Dairy Specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach

The summer season is upon us and for the average lactating dairy cow that means longer and warmer days,with the potential of heat stress, which is a serious concern for your dairy. In preparation for these hot temperatures, ask yourself these critical questions while monitoring your cows for heat stress:

1.Are the cows comfortable?

2. Do the cows need more ventilation?

3.Is there enough available water being used appropriately to keep cows cool?

4. What can I do to help?
Continue...

Choosing Alternative Feedstuffs in a Fickle Marketplace

By J.W. Schroeder, Dairy Specialist (retired/recycled), NDSU


Despite lower feed costs in, declining farm-gate prices for milk will have dairy farm managers sharpening their feed-planning pencils in search of cost-effective rations.

Well-balanced rations are critical to the health and well-being of the cow and the dairy enterprise.


The cost of feed can represent anywhere from 55 to 70 percent of the cost of producing milk in most milking herds. To continue providing milk (and meat) efficiently for a growing world population, making sure the family farm remains healthy financially is critical. Continue...

Learn more about Veterinary Feed Directives here.

Click the link to view the webinar on Veterinary Feed Directives from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Calendar of Events

2016
June
18 - Dairy Farm Open House Tours; Royalwood Farms (Ode Dairy), Brandon, SD

July
6 - Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am - Administering medications via remote delivery.

August
3 - Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am

September
7 - Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am
13 - Cover Crop webinar; Dr. Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska- cover crops and soils & Jim Paulson, University of Minnesota - incorporating cover crops in dairy rations; Connect.unl.edu/DairyTuesday

October
5- Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am

November
2 - Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am
9 - Rearing Calves and Heifers for Optimal Performance in Dairies and Feedlots; Beatrice, NE. Registration details coming soon.
10 - Rearing Calves and Heifers for Optimal Performance in Dairies and Feedlots; Norfolk, NE. Registration details coming soon.

December
7 - Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am
13 - Cold Stress on Animals webinar, 10:00 am

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.