I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - August 2016

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Dairy Producers Are Reminded About MPP-Dairy Signup

By: Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

Dairy producers are reminded that the sign-up period for the 2017 Milk Margin Protection Program for Dairy producers (MPP-Dairy) is underway and runs from July 1-September 30, 2016 at your local FSA office. Participating farmers will remain in the program through 2018 and pay a minimum $100 administrative fee each year. Producers have the option of selecting a different coverage level during open enrollment each year. Continue...

Why, How come, So what: Powerful words to solve problems

By: Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota Dairy Extension Educator

There is a bestselling book by Robert Fulghum titled "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten". People who have read the book can relate to the fact that we learn a lot about how to live a successful life when we are very young. If you follow recommendations in solving business problems, you would be best served by listening to three year olds. "Why", "How come" and "So what" are favorite questions all young children use when "helping" adults. Their minds are full of curiosity about how the world works. These are the same principles recommended when solving business problems. Continue...
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Discussing the Dart Delivery Method for Treating Cattle

By: Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate

Cattle ranchers strive to minimize the stress of handling and disease on their animals. One way they can do this is by implementing new technologies for delivering medications to sick animals while out in remote pastures. During the July 6th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, Rob Eirich, Nebraska BQA Coordinator, discussed considerations and challenges of using remote delivery devices for administering medication to animals. Continue...

Heat Exhaustion & Stroke: Protecting yourself and your employees

By: Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist


For those whose livelihood depends upon working outdoors or in less than favorable conditions, the coming weeks look to be quite difficult with higher than normal temperatures and humidity predicted. For example, cows still need to be milked and fed, barns are not air conditioned, even though there is emphasis on cow comfort through ventilation and cooling, we sometimes get lax on also protecting ourselves and employees from the effects of heat. The same goes for those working outdoors not under a roof, maybe stacking hay, de-tasseling corn, construction, youth at livestock or horse shows, horticulture producers picking produce for sale, etc. Personal protection and prevention efforts will be vital as people perform these tasks to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Continue...

Calendar of Events

2016
August
26-28: Nebraska State Fair Dairy Show

September
7: Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am
13: Growing and Incorporating Cover Crops in Dairy Rations; 10:00 am; click here for details and to join the webinar.

October
5: Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am
26: Planning for the Future: How Can Your Dairy Survive moooving forward? I-29 Moo University fall tour. Rochester, MN. Details coming soon.

November
2:- Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am
9: Rearing Young Stock for Milk and Beef Production workshop; Gage County Extension Office, Beatrice, NE. Click here for details.
10: Rearing Young Stock for Milk and Beef Production workshop; Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk, NE. Click here for details.
29-December 1: Minnesota Milk Dairy Conference and Expo, River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN.

December
Risk Management Workshop-Lincoln, NE. Details coming soon!
7: Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am
13: Avoiding Cold Stress in Winter Months webinar; 10:00 am. Click here for details and to join the webinar.

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.