I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - July 2017

Strategies to maximize profit in your herd

By Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota Regional Extension Educator

What is your strategy to maximize profit? Focus on maximizing milk production, minimizing costs or something else? Each of these can be successful if your herd management aligns with your strategy.


Every year there is a wide variation in profitability between farms. The table below shows the comparison of 2014, a very profitable year, and 2016, a low-profit year. Even in 2016, the top 40% of farms made over $500 per cow. Continue...

Heat Stress Is A “Profit Robber” For Dairymen

By Fred M. Hall, ISU Northwest Iowa Dairy Field Specialist

It is not a question of “if” we will have days in Northwest Iowa that cause heat stress in milking herds, but rather, how many days we will have. Heat stress decreases feed intake and milk production, decreases milk components including fat, lowers breeding efficiency and compromises the immune system plus the heat and humidity is a near perfect environment for mastitis pathogens to thrive. Continue...

What’s going on with U.S. “Ag Gag” laws?

By: Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate

“Ag Gag” Laws: An Overview
Over the last 5-10 years, many animal activist groups have focused on increasing state animal abuse laws to not just improve animal welfare, but also encourage people to stop purchasing any products coming from animals. Now there is a shift in focus from this traditional platform to going straight to major retailers (McDonalds, Tyson, etc.) and pressuring them to establish and require humane husbandry practice standards for the livestock they purchase or own. Continue...

Fly Population Management on Dairies

By Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

Fly Control in concentrated animal feeding operations such as dairies is a challenge, especially as the weather heats up and there is abundant moisture and organic matter available. Flies not only are a pest, but they also decrease production efficiency. Flies cause livestock to expend extra energy fending them off instead of resting, feeding and milking. Continue...

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.

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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.