I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - November 2015


Welcome to the I-29 MOO University eNewsletter. As Extension Educators and industry partners, we want to communicate dairy information, articles, programs and upcoming events. The articles and links below will provide you with information to key topics and information for additional resources and research.

I-29 Dairy Outreach Consortium Hosts Heifer Growers Tour

More than 90 dairy producers, students, extension staff and media from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota attended the I-29 Dairy Outreach Consortium Heifer Growers tour on October 29. Continue...

Tail Docking: On its way out – January 1, 2017

By Heidi Carroll, South Dakota State University Livestock Stewardship Extension Associate

The dairy industry’s Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program is in its sixth year since its start in 2009. The Board of Directors of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) moved the date of discontinuing the routine practice of tail docking to January 1, 2017. This is five years earlier than the previous deadline of 2022. Continue...

Are You at Risk While Pumping Out Your Manure Storage System?

By Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State University Dairy Field Specialist

Without throwing out the “here’s your sign” card, the simple answer to the question posed in the title of this article is, yes! Many producers know and understand the risk associated with confined manure handling systems but unfortunately accidents and deaths still occur because unwarranted risks are taken as manure is being handled and removed from the confined manure handling systems. Continue....

Nebraska Dairyman Receives Public Service to Agriculture Award

By Kim Clark, Nebraska Dairy Extension Educator

Dairyman, Doug Nuttelman, from Stromsburg received the Public Service to Agriculture award at the 49th annual Nebraska Agribusiness Club banquet on Nov. 5, 2015. (see picture below).

Each year, the Nebraska Agribusiness Club recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding leaders in Nebraska agriculture. This year, Nuttelman received the Public Service to Agriculture award, which began in 1967. This award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Nebraska agriculture and Nebraska agribusiness.

In 1986 Nuttelman started dairying on his wife’s family farm with 40 cows and currently is milking about 250 cows with plans to double his milking herd in the future. In addition to dairying, Nuttelman farms 2,500 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa, and finishes 2,000 Holstein steers each year.

“When I started in the dairy business, I didn’t set out to win awards. After I saw my local coop struggle, I knew I had to protect my investment and help other dairy producers protect their equity,” said Nuttelman. “That is when I understood the importance of serving on cooperatives and without the support of my family, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”

The dairy farm is a family affair for the Nuttelman family. Doug and his three sons – Jason, Greg and Scott work together on the dairy, in crop farming and on the feedlot. In addition to the family, there are six full-time employees that help in all areas of the operation.

Nuttelman began his career in the dairy cooperative shortly after becoming a dairyman. His first role was a district resolution person for Mid America in 1988. Today, Nuttelman continues to serve on cooperative boards and serves on the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) corporate and executive board. He also serves on the Nebraska Division of Midwest Dairy Board, National Milk Producers Federation and recently completed his second term on the National Dairy Board. He provides leadership to his local farm supply and marketing cooperative as well as his local church.

“There isn’t anyone more involved and deserving of this award than Doug. He continues to serve on many boards and provide leadership for many cooperatives,” stated Rod Johnson, executive director of the Nebraska State Dairy Association. “Doug has done a great job providing leadership for dairy producers and Nebraska agriculture.”

Note: Picture below is Rod Johnson (left), Nebraska State Dairy Association, Executive Director and Public Service to Agriculture honoree, Doug Nuttelman (right), dairyman from Stromsburg, Nebraska.

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Calendar of Events

20 - MPP-Dairy sign-up deadline.

1 - SDSU Beginning Farmer and Rancher Symposium; 12:00 pm-5:00pm CST, Brookings, SD; Click here for more details and to register or call Heather Gessner at 605.688.7623.
1-3 - Minnesota Milk Dairy Conference and Expo; Rivers Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN. To register and for more click here or call 763-335-9697.
2 - Farm transition workshop; 9:30 am-3:00 pm, Hartington, NE; Hartington VFW with Dave and Joe Goeller presenting and answering questions. Additional details coming soon.
2 - Animal Care Webinar Wednesdays. Click here to join the webinar or contact Heidi Carroll at Heidi.Carroll@SDState.edu or 605.688.6623.
4 - Midwest Dairy Day Genomics 101: Putting Genomics to work; Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, Calmar, IA. This program will provide in-depth information on genomic technology. Click here for brochure and registration.

11-16 - I29 Dairy Consortium Winter Program; Click here for more information. See flyer below.

2 - Nebraska State Dairy Association annual convention; Ramada Inn, Columbus, NE. Additional details coming soon.
9-11 - World Ag Expo; Tulare, CA
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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.