I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers & industry~September 2019

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.

13: Dairy Field Day at Summit Dairy near Primghar, IA; 12:30-3:30. There is no cost to attend. Click here to register.

20: Dairy Field Day at Tri County Dairy near Viborg, SD; 12:30-3:30. There is no cost to attend. Click here to register.


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!

Siouxland Ag Lenders Program

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 9am-4pm

The Triple Box 4758 Ironwood Avenue Orange City, IA 51041


8:45 a.m. — Registration

9:00 a.m. — Convergence of the Big Three in Agriculture: Economy, Technology and Experience
Doug Johnson, Moody’s Analytics
10:00 a.m. — Break
10:15 a.m. — Combining FINBIN and DHIA Data to Predict Expansion Success
Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota
11:00 a.m. — Dairy Market Outlook Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
12:00 Noon — Lunch
12:45 p.m. — How Dairies are Ramping Up Their Financial Reporting Gary Vande Vegte,
Van Bruggen & Vande Vegte, PC
1:45 p.m. — Break
2:00 p.m. — Tax Law Changes Tom Thaden, Iowa Farm Business Assn.
2:45 p.m. — Market Outlook Chad Hart, Iowa State University

3:45 p.m. — Adjourn and Evaluation plus Price Prognostications Fees

Registration Deadline: October 25
Pre-registration is $85 for the first person from the business/organization, and $60 for each additional person. Includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

Registration at the door is $100 per person with no lunch guaranteed.
Register via mail by detaching this form, via phone at 712-737-4230, or online here.

Dairy business tactics for success

By Jim Salfer, Extension Dairy Educator, St. Cloud Regional office

Worldwide milk production is slowing and, based on future prices, we should be moving to a period of profit for most dairy businesses.

The latest USDA heifer report showed lower national dairy heifer inventory levels. This may slow down the rate of expansion when milk prices improve dairy profitability.

After four years of operating in survival mode, now might be a good time to review your business strategies. Here are areas to address for enhancing business success.

1) Reassess your risk management strategy

2) Review your financial position

3) Evaluate where to best invest profits

4) Review operational efficiencies

5) Develop and use a trusted team of advisers

6) Take time to smell the roses

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I-29 Moo University Dairy Field Days

I-29 Moo University is offering two dairy field days this fall.

November 13

Summit Dairy

5564 390th St

Primghar, IA 51245

November 20

Tri Cross Dairy

45144 289th St

Viborg, SD 57070

Field days are 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested.

Click here to register.

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Mycotoxin Considerations for Weather-Damaged Feedstuffs

By Tracey Erickson, SDSU Dairy Field Specialist

Are Your Feeds Safe?

This growing season has been a challenge across the upper Midwest. Whether your crops have been hit with drought or hail the odds are that we are going to see an increase potential for feed contaminants such nitrates or molds which cause mycotoxins. This article focuses on mycotoxins and how to manage them.

Mycotoxins: Common Questions

What is the difference between molds and mycotoxins?

Molds produce mycotoxins, but molds by themselves do not cause problems to animals. However, the mycotoxins molds produce can cause significant problems for livestock. Molds such as Aspergillus, Gibberella, Fusarium, and Diplodia may be an issue. The mycotoxins with higher prevalence are Aflatoxin (reduced performance/death more prevalent in drought), Ergot / Scab which causes high levels of Zearalenone (reproductive problems), DON / Vomitoxin (feed refusal). Fumonisins and T-2 toxins may occur here, but less frequently and shouldn’t be ruled out.

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Free Business Plan Tool Available from U of MN

By Emily Wilmes, Extension Educator-Livestock, University of Minnesota

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Farms in Minnesota are as much about family as they are about business. However, at the end of the day, your farm is still a business, and decisions need to be made with that in mind. Have you ever created a business plan for your farm? A business plan is a formal statement of business goals, reasons they are attainable, and plans for reaching them. It may also contain background information about the organization attempting to reach those goals. We make program business plans in Extension, and they are incredibly useful! It’s nice to have something to go back to that will tell us what the goals are and what the plan is to achieve them.

Making a business plan can be a group effort, and it doesn’t have to be a large, daunting task. There is also a GREAT resource for creating a business plan from the University of Minnesota. The best part is, it’s FREE! It’s called AgPlan, and you can access it online at agplan.umn.edu. I have used AgPlan on multiple occasions and it is a great tool. On AgPlan, you can:

  • Develop your own Business Plan
  • Learn what you need to include in your Plan with Tips & Resources
  • View Sample Business Plans for ideas; and
  • Share your Plan

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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.

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.