I-29 MOO University

A newsletter for dairy producers


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.

Stress, Fatigue Are Major Farm Safety Risk Factors

By: Jim Salfer, Extension Educator-Dairy, University of Minnesota

It's hard to believe but harvest time is here. During this time of year is when most farm accidents happen. Stress and fatigue are major factors in making farming the country's second most hazardous occupation. Farming ranks second on the list of hazardous occupations compiled by the National Safety Council. So far this year at least two persons have lost major limbs due to farming accidents and most years someone is killed in an accident. Continue....

Cold Weather Calf Care

By: Ryan Breuer, DVM, Iowa State University, NW Dairy Field Specialist

Fall weather brings warm days, but cool nights. Set up a cold weather calf care plan now! As temperatures drop, steps must be taken to provide increased energy to growing calves. When temperatures drop to less than 60 degrees, a calf is below its "thermal neutral zone". The thermal neutral zone is the temperature range [60-75oF] where a calf does not need to spend extra energy to stay warm or cool itself. Therefore, in cold weather, calves must be supplied more calories or they will use their energy to keep warm instead of for growth. Continue.....

Getting the Performance You Desire from Your Agricultural Employee

By: Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

With the cultural and technological landscape of today's dairy operations rapidly changing, producers must effectively educate, train and communicate across a diverse workforce to ensure a maximum efficiency. To aid with this challenge, SDSU Extension has developed a set of Agricultural Human Resource Management Training Modules.

The training modules include 1) Employing and Managing Hispanic Labor, 2) Milking Protocol Defined Via Standard Operating Procedures, and more.

To view the training modules and videos, click here.

Dairy Focus: Managing Feed Refusals

By: JW Schroeder, NSDU Extension Dairy Specialist

To ensure constant feed availability and account for feed refusal or weigh back, you must deliver more feed to a pen of dairy cows than those cows will consume. Common recommendations in dairy circles indicate producers should expect 2 to 5 percent feed refusal or weigh back.

Efficiency in feed bunk management suggests the lower the refusal, the better, at least from an economical perspective. After all, the feedlot industry has done it successfully for years. And, when you consider the lactating cows easily will consume 50 pounds of dry matter, if you have 5 percent refusal, you are going to have to offer the cow 52.5 pounds of dry matter per day. A 5 percent refusal is equal to 2.5 pounds (50 x 0.05). Continue....

Calendar of Events

28 - Tri-State Agricultural Lender's Seminar; Dubuque, IA; Click here for more information.
29 - Heifer Growers tour; begin in Adrian, MN and end in Remsen, IA
Visit iGrow.org/livestock/dairy and click on events.

17-18 - Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference; Decorah, IA
Click here for more information.

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.

11-16 - I29 Dairy Consortium Winter Program; details coming soon.
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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.