I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - December 2017

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Diminishing Personal Injury on Dairy Farms

By Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

Within the dairy industry there is a high percentage of contact time between animals and human beings on a daily basis. So how are these injuries occurring? Many victims of animal injuries are the result of being stepped on, kicked, fallen on, crushed by cows or mauled by dairy bulls and gored by animals that have not been dehorned.

When training workers about proper livestock handling practices it is important to remind workers that dairy animals have panoramic vision, which means that they are able to see all the way around themselves except for a small blind spot at the nose and rear of the animal. Continue...

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I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series

From Field to Bunk: Growing and Feeding Dairy Quality Forages

Dates and locations:

January 8th – Mandan, ND – Baymont Inn & Suites, 2611 Old Red Trail Northwest Mandan, North Dakota 58554

January 9th – Watertown, SD – Codington County Extension Complex (Kitchen Mtg. Room), 1910 West Kemp Avenue, Watertown, SD 57201

January 10th – Pipestone, MN - Pipestone Veterinary Services, 1801 Forman Drive, Pipestone, MN 56164

January 11th – Orange City, IA – Sioux County Extension Office, 400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700, Orange City, IA 51041

January 12th – Norfolk, NE – Lifelong Learning Center at NECC, 601 East Benjamin Ave., Norfolk, NE 68701

Program Agenda:

9:30 am – Registration & Refreshments

10:00 am – New forage genetic lines and how they impact the dairy industry - Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension Forage Specialist

  • Learn how forage genetic improvements in corn silage, sorghums and cover crops can influence the soil health and dairy diet performance in your operation.
10:45 am – Cover Crops – incorporating them into your forage production system – Sara Berg, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist
  • Learn about cover crop incorporation into your fields, rotation considerations and planting methods.
11:30 am - Break

11:45 am – Incorporating cover crops into dairy rations – James C. Paulson

  • Incorporate the nuts and bolts of cover crops into your dairy farm, maximizing nutrition and profitability.
12:30 – Lunch

1:30 pm – Sponsor recognition

2:00 pm – Silage pile safety training for you & your employees – Keith Bolsen, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Kansas State University, “The Silage Man”, Nationally known speaker in silage production and safety practices.

  • Is your silage program safe? Silage safety practices and considerations to come home safely at the end of the day for you, your employees and family members.

2:45 pm – Evaluating dairy diets from the nutritionist, to the employee, to the cow.– Co-presented - Fernando Diaz, DVM, PhD – Dairy Nutrition and Management Consultant – Rosecrans Dairy Consulting & Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

  • Understand feeding inefficiencies as you deliver diets to your dairy herd.
3:30 pm – Evaluation & adjourn


$50 per person before December 29, 2017, $65 per person after December 29.

Students: $25 per person before December 29, 2017, $30 per person after December 29.

Registration Discounts will be offered as follows:

  • SDDP (SD Dairy Producer Association) – 1 registration/member farm
  • NSDA (Nebraska State Dairy Association) – 1 registration / member farm
  • WIDA (Western Iowa Dairy Association) – 1 registration / member farm
  • MN Milk - $25 off 1 registration / member farm for first 20 participants
  • Iowa State Dairy Association (ISDA) will pay $10 of the registration fee per member farm.
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Let’s Talk BQA Assessments

By Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate

2017 Animal Care Wednesday Webinars
Husbandry Practices in the Spotlight

During the November 1st Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we heard from Rob Eirich, Nebraska BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) Coordinator, and Doug Bear, Iowa BQA Coordinator. Both Rob and Doug have been actively involved in the industry discussions between packers, cattlemen, and industry organizations with regards to the development of a standardized on-farm assessment program. They described its importance to the beef industry, the key points of the BQA feedyard assessment, and walked through what it takes to complete it. Continue...

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Muestreo de ingredientes alimenticios para su análisis (Sampling Feeds for Analyses)

Co-author: Kim Clark, Nebraska Dairy Extension Educator

El muestreo es clave para un análisis adecuado de los alimentos y para el balance apropiado de las raciones del ganado. Aquí le mostramos como realizarlo.

Un buen análisis es necesario para el balance de las raciones del ganado, para formular al menor costo, y proporcionar los alimentos cultivados en la propia granja al hato correspondiente. El muestreo es el factor más importante que afecta la precisión de los análisis. Continue...

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Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.

3: ACWW webinar; 11:00 am. Topic: Recent animal disease cases and reminders for producers and youth; Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, SD Animal Industry Board. Click here for details and to join.
4-5: ISDA Annual Meeting; Quality Inn & Suites, Ames, IA; visit IowaDairy.org for details.
8-12: I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop.
  • January 8: Mandan, ND - Baymont Inn & Suites
  • January 9: Watertown, SD - Codington County Extension Complex
  • January 10: Pipestone, MN - Pipestone Verterinary Services
  • January 11: Orange City, IA - Sioux County Extension Office
  • January 12: Norfolk, NE - Lifelong Learning Center at NECC


7: ACWW webinar; Common poultry health issues in an era of few poultry veterinarians - Sheila Perdum, UNL; 11:00 am. Click here for details and to join.

27: Nebraska State Dairy Association annual convention; Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, Columbus, NE


7: ACWW webinar; Sustainability's role in animal care and health - where are we at? Ben Weiheimer. Click here for details and to join.


4: ACWW webinar; Livestock housing: care considerations for bedding choice and management - Beth Doran. Click here for details and to join.

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.