I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers & industry ~ August 2019

Dairy Margin Coverage FAQ

By Robert Tigner, Nebraska Agriculture Systems Economists, Educator

Is DMC permanent?

  • No, DMC is part of the commodities title of the 2019 Farm Bill that has temporary authority. The Agricultural Act of 1949 is the permanent farm legislation that could take effect if no temporary farm legislation is passed.

How is an indemnity payment calculated in DMC?

  • DMC pays when the margin coverage chose is greater than the calculated monthly margin, US All milk price minus US feed cost.

When can I sign up?

  • Signup started 17 June 2019 and last till 20 Sept 2019.


Financial Impairment on the Farm webinar available

In this webinar Don Swanson and Kristine Tidgren address practical financial, tax, and bankruptcy issues impacting producers facing financial distress.

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Keeping Your Vaccines Viable

By Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

Vaccines are a vital part of keeping all livestock healthy. Vaccines help in the prevention of disease, which results in less utilization of antibiotics due to fewer sick animals. Vaccines provide protective immunity approximately 21 days following the initial vaccination in the majority of livestock. Some vaccines may require a booster vaccination(s) to ensure immunity for the period designated by the manufacturer. There are multiple factors influencing immunity, including but not limited to, medical history, vaccine type, method of administration, age, and species being vaccinated. A valid Vet-Client-Patient relationship will help you as you select the vaccine of choice for your livestock health program. Read more...
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Keep Calves Hydrated in the Heat of Summer

By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension Educator-Livestock

By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (08/14/2019) — Dairy farmers know the importance of getting plenty of water to their cows during the hot summer months, but what about your calves? High ambient temperature and humidity can lead to heat stress in calves. In these situations, calf panting, and sweating do not compensate for this stress and calf energy needs will increase which must be supported by adequate nutrition. In addition, as calves attempt to maintain body temperature in the summer months increased respiration and sweating results in water losses which must be replaced. As environmental temperature increases, water intake increases accordingly.

Research indicates that the amount of water needed by nursery calves depends not only on environmental conditions, but on other factors like the incidence of scours and the amount of milk or milk replacer and starter intake. Water intake is closely related to starter intake, but water intake may increase independent of starter intake when temperature is above the Upper Critical Temperature for calves. Research has shown the amount of liquid in milk replacer also affects the amount of water consumed. Water temperature can also affect water intake. Read more...

Nuts and Bolts of Corn Silage Quality Webinar Recording

Dr. Hugo Ramirez, Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, discusses silage fermentation, factors affecting silage quality and animal response to improved corn silage quality.

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Coping with Farm & Rural Stress

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.

Below are some resources available when dealing with stress.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255; texting: Text HOME to 741741
Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline: 833-600-2670
Ted Matthews, Rural Mental Health Counselor, no cost, no paperwork; 320-266-2390
Nebraska Rural Response Hotline: 800-464-0258

South Dakota Ag Mediation Program: 605-773-5436 or 605-280-4745

South Dakota Rural Help Line:800-664-1349

South Dakota Suicide Prevention Hotline: 605-339-8599

Iowa Concern Hotline & Resources: 800-447-1985

Illinois Agriculture Mediation Program: 618-549-1200, ext. 1001

Rural Services of Indiana, Inc.: 574-299-9460

Kansas Ag Mediation Services: 800-321-3276

Missouri Agricultural Mediation Program: 573-751-5520

New York State Ag Mediation Program: 518-687-2240 or 866-669-7267

New York Farm Net: 800-547-3276

North Dakota Mediation Service: 844-642-4752 or 701-328-4158

North Dakota 211 Help Line Mental Health Association in North Dakota: 800-472-2911

North Dakota Agricultural Mediation Services: 800-642-4757 or 701-328-2061

Wisconsin Farm Center Hotline: 800-942-2474

Disaster Resources Available with Recent Weather Events

Available resources include

South Dakota Department of Agriculture website (sdda.sd.gov)

  • Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

  • Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP)

  • Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

  • Emergency Loans

  • Farm Stress Help

University of Nebraska Lincoln website (flood.unl.edu)

  • Cattle producers post flood checklist
  • University of Nebraska feeding assistance program
  • Dealing with flooded hay and grain
  • Disposal of flood soaked grains and forages
  • Emergency disposal of livestock carcasses
  • Flood-related diseases in poultry and livestock
  • Hay donations

Many more resources available at the websites listed above.

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.



1-5: World Dairy Expo. Madison, WI. Click here for details.


5-6: Central Plains Dairy Expo Women's Conference, Bloomington, MN. Cost is $175/person. Click here for the agenda and to register.

7: Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar; 9:00 am -3:45 pm.


3: Dairy Directions Series, Sioux Center, IA

10: Dairy Directions Series, Sac City, IA; 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

11: Dairy Directions Series, Pocahontas, IA; 10:00 am -2:30 pm

14: Dairy Directions Series, Sheldon, IA; 9:30 am -3:00 pm



I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop series; Dates & locations coming soon!


9-13: I-29 Moo University dairy farm tours & World Ag Expo visit; Tulare, CA. Agenda & registration details coming soon!

Dairy Couples Get-A-Way; location to be determined.


MN Milk trip to San Diego. Agenda and registration details coming soon!

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.