I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers & industry ~ May 2019

A Review of What Dairy Producers Need to Know About the New Risk Management Tools - Webinar May 17th

By Fred M Hall, Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist

A webinar will be hosted by I-29 Moo University at 12 noon on Friday, May 17 to review the Dairy Revenue Protection program and the Dairy Margin Coverage program. Presenters will included Marin Bozic, Assistant Professor in Dairy Foods Marketing Economics, University of Minnesota plus Josh Newton and Cassandra Monger, Compeer.

Bozic will outline developments in the Dairy Revenue Protection program and how producers are benefitting from it as well as forecasts for the next year.

Newton is a crop insurance team leader and Monger is a dairy industry specialist, both with Compeer Financial. They will focus on Dairy RP from a lender’s perspective, including results from the first quarter in 2019; how DRP is set up to serve each operation; execution from application to endorsement and how the program fits into a producers overall risk management plan.

There is no registration and producers can access the webinar at the link below:


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.

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Spring Cleaning: Vet Cabinet Edition

By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension Educator-Livestock

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (04/17/19) — It seems like the weather lately is having a tough time deciding, but spring is “officially” here. That gets me thinking about everybody’s favorite task—spring cleaning. Have you considered giving your vet cabinet a spring cleaning? It’s important to keep veterinary supplies clean, organized, and up to date; and going through the cabinet now can save time when the busiest part of the spring season rolls around.

First, look at vaccines and syringes. Toss out vaccines that are expired, have illegible labels, or bottles with compromised stoppers. If a stopper is damaged from overuse or something else, there is a possibility the vaccine could be contaminated. When cleaning syringes, avoid soaps and disinfectants as they inactivate modified live vaccines. The best method for cleaning is filling the syringes with boiling water. After they are dry, store in a zip-lock bag and keep them in a safe place. Also consider labeling your syringes for use to avoid cross-contamination between killed and modified live vaccines. Click here to read more...

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Making the best bed: Pros and cons of bedding options

By Kim Clark, Nebraska Dairy Extension Educator

Bedding choice directly influences cow comfort, but the decision on which material to put underneath cows must consider several other factors, such as cost, availability, ease of handling, udder health, pathogen growth and more.

Use the following list of pros and cons to sort through the options for making the best beds on your dairy. Read more...

Dairy Fest - May 30th - June 1

BROOKINGS, SD. – Three days of dairy-filled fun are in store at the 2019 Dairy Fest on May 30th – June 1st in Brookings, SD. The event kicks off with the “Got Milk Gala” on Thursday, May 30th, followed by a Leadership Training event on Friday, May 31st, and will end with the Dairy Fest Carnival & Tours on Saturday, June 1st. Learn more...

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Dressing for the Job on Dairies Year-Round

By Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

We often check the weather before heading out the door and decide if we need a coat or not. But is the clothing we are wearing protecting us or could it add increased risk as we perform our job? A good share of producers on dairy farms, are now providing their employees with some type of uniform or clothing stipend. As a dairy producer there are some things to consider as you select your personal attire or that of your employees. Read more...

Online registration for the 2019 International Precision Dairy Farming Conference closes June 12th

By Marcia Endres, Overall Program Chair, Professor Dairy Cattle Production - Department of Animal Science University of Minnesota

Plan to attend this exciting learning and networking event in Rochester, MN, USA June 18-20, 2019. Online registration ends closes June 12.

The 2-day conference will have five plenary talks and 36 breakout talks along with two poster sessions and a small trade show. The event includes speakers not only from the USA but also from all over the world, as far as New Zealand and Australia, many from Europe, and also South America.

To learn more visit the conference website.

Minnesota Milk Cup Tournament

Join Minnesota Milk at the second annual Minnesota Milk Cup tournament and dairy farm tours as part of the Minnesota Milk Summer Escape.

What: Minnesota Milk Cup Golf Scramble and Summer Escape featuring

“Innovation at Any Size” Dairy Farm Tours

When: June 12 and 13, 2019

Golf and Summer Escape: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

“Innovation at Any Size” Dairy Farm Tours: Thursday, June 13, 2019

Location: Little Crow Golf Resort

15980 MN 23

Spicer, MN 56288

We hope you will be able to join us at this fun event. To register, visit mnmilk.org or call us at 763-355-9697.

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

Texting: Text HOME to 741741

Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline


Ted Matthews, Rural Mental Health Counselor, no cost, no paperwork
Nebraska Rural Response Hotline

South Dakota Ag Mediation Program:

605-773-5436 or 605-280-4745

South Dakota Rural Help Line:


South Dakota Suicide Prevention Hotline


Iowa Concern Hotline & Resources


Farm Stress Packet Resources

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

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.



17: Webinar - Review of What Dairy Producers Need to Know about the New Risk Management Tools; 12 noon. Connect Here.


1: Dairy Fest, Brookings, SD - Swiftel Center - SDSU Davis Dairy Plant - Crosswind Dairy; To learn more about the event click here...

12 & 13: Minnesota Milk Cup Golf Scramble, Little Crow Golf Resort, Spicer, MN; To register visit mnmilk.org or call 763-355-9697.

18-20: Precison Dairy Farming Conference: Rochester, MN; To learn more or register

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.