I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - September 2016

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Tips for Working with Your Lender

By: Betty Berning, University of Minnesota, Dairy Extension

One of my first jobs out of college was as an agricultural loan officer in Northwest Wisconsin. I really enjoyed working with producers to help them achieve their business and personal goals! This job was my training ground to understanding the inner-workings of a business. Sure, I had learned about business in lectures and textbooks, but it was as a lender that I really learned how a business works. I also saw how successful farms worked with their lenders and I'd like to share a few of those observations with you. Continue...

Cover crops: soil health, grazing and incorporating in dairy rations

High-Quality Silage Making & Safe Practices: Both are necessities

By: Tracey Erickson, SDSU Dairy Field Specialist


Silage Pile Safety

Throughout the forage growing season many producers are putting up silage piles. To this point they have been predominately forages such as haylage or small grain silage; however, we will soon be moving into corn silage cutting season. This can become an extremely stressful and busy time of the year for producers, as they work to secure a high quality forage-based feedstuff during a narrow window of time. While quality is of utmost importance, making a pile that is safe for access should also be top priority. Continue...

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Calendar of Events

2016
October
5: Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am
26: Planning for the Future: How Can You Survive Mooving Forward? I-29 Moo University fall tour. Central Minnesota. Details coming soon on iGrow/org/Livestock/Dairy
27: Cattle Handling Workshop; Philip, SD. iGrow.org/Events

November
2:- Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am
9: Rearing Young Stock for Milk and Beef Production workshop; Gage County Extension Office, Beatrice, NE. Click here for details.
10: Rearing Young Stock for Milk and Beef Production workshop; Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk, NE. Click here for details.
29-December 1: Minnesota Milk Dairy Conference and Expo, River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN.

December
7: Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am
8: Risk Management Workshop-Lincoln, NE.
13: Avoiding Cold Stress in Winter Months webinar; 10:00 am. Click here for details and to join the webinar.

2017
January
16-20: I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop; Hot Topics on a Cold Day. Details coming soon!
16: Quality Inn, Jamestown, ND
17: Codington County Extension Center, Watertown, SD
18: Pipestone, MN
19: Orange City, IA
20: Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk, NE

February
24: Cattle Handling workshop; Beresford, SD

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.