I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers & industry - August 2018

Dairy Farm Stress Webinar Series Available for Viewing

St Cloud, MN – (8/8/2018) Farming is one of the most stressful occupations in the United States. This is particularly true for dairy farmers as they are experiencing an extended period of low milk prices.

To help dairy farmers deal with stress, the 4 State Dairy Extension Group hosted a series of three webinars that discussed how to recognize the signs of stress, how to deal with dairy farm families experiencing stress, analyzing a dairy for profits, the profitability of various dairy systems and what FINBIN says about production costs.

The webinars have been archived and remain available to be viewed through the Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference continue reading...

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Clinic To Help NW Iowa Livestock Producers Improve Corn Silage Quality

By Fred M Hall,

Northwest Iowa beef and dairy producers depend on quality corn silage to build profitable rations. To help them accomplish this, the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Extension Dairy Team are hosting the NW IA Corn Silage Clinic on August 28 at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm in Sutherland.

“The NW Iowa Corn Silage Clinic will feature top experts from the upper Midwest with the most current information on topics that affect corn silage and earlage quality and economics” notes ISU Extension Dairy Field Specialist Fred M. Hall. Presentations will begin promptly at 9 am and will break at 12 noon for lunch. The program will adjourn by 3:30. Each expert will be available to answer questions. Continue...

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Every Dairy Needs an Employee Handbook

One of the most important resources a dairy can develop to enhance and grow employee communications and retain employees is an employee handbook. A handbook can be as simple as the job description, lists of benefits including paid time off, medical insurance, expectations of each employee and the employees hourly wage. And an employee handbook can go into much greater detail such as the goal and mission of the dairy, the policies, dress code, safety, employee training and more. It is best to have more detail than not enough. Keep in mind as you develop your handbook, the more details and depth of the handbook, the greater the communication tool for employees. The handbook is one of the first communication building tools for new and existing employees. It leaves everything in black and white instead of having a gray area. It is also a tool for equal treatment of employees. Continue...
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Coaching for Performance

One of the most difficult things for farm managers/owners to master is coaching employees for optimal performance. Just like becoming an 85% free throw shooter on the basketball court, it takes practice. Once mastered you will see employees who understand goals and expectations more clearly, are more motivated, have ownership of their work, show greater responsibility, while maximizing their potential and problem solving ability. What you as an employer get is more productivity and lower turnover along with being freed of the day-to-day micromanagement of employees. Read more...

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.



28: NW IA Corn Silage Clinic; 9:00 am, Sutherland, IA. Click here for agenda and registration details.


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.


2-6: World Dairy Expo; Madison WI; Click here for details


14-18: I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series, Save the dates!

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The I-29 Moo University is represented by dairy extension educators and allied partners from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.