I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - June 2017

How Much is Standing Hay Worth?

By Robert Tigner, UNL Extension Educator

Very soon this question will pop up and will ask about selling a full year of production or a specific cutting. Getting a handle on how much either is worth is often just guess work. There is a better way. Continue...

Water Concerns For Baby Calves

By Fred M. Hall, ISU Northwest Iowa Dairy Field Specialist

With the arrival of summer temperatures, producers are reminded that water plays an essential role in a healthy calf including rumen development. Healthy calves under heat stress will drink between 6 and 12 quarts of water daily just to maintain normal hydration. Severely sick calves under heat stress sometimes require up to 20 quarts replacing what has been lost. According to the National Dairy FARM program Animal Care Manual Version 3.0 (2016), best practice is to provide calves access to clean, fresh water from the first day of life. However, according to the National Dairy Health Monitoring System (USDA, 2014), the average age of heifers when first offered water in the United States is 17.3 days. Continue....
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What’s going on with U.S. “Ag Gag” laws?

By: Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate

“Ag Gag” Laws: An Overview
Over the last 5-10 years, many animal activist groups have focused on increasing state animal abuse laws to not just improve animal welfare, but also encourage people to stop purchasing any products coming from animals. Now there is a shift in focus from this traditional platform to going straight to major retailers (McDonalds, Tyson, etc.) and pressuring them to establish and require humane husbandry practice standards for the livestock they purchase or own. Continue...

Fly Population Management on Dairies

By Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

Fly Control in concentrated animal feeding operations such as dairies is a challenge, especially as the weather heats up and there is abundant moisture and organic matter available. Flies not only are a pest, but they also decrease production efficiency. Flies cause livestock to expend extra energy fending them off instead of resting, feeding and milking. Continue...

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.

2017
July
7: Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Click here for more information and to join.
18: Dairy Robots workshop; Plainview, NE. Click here for details and to register.

August
2: Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Click here for more information 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.