I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - February 2017

Apps Help Manage Data For Dairymen

By: Fred M. Hall, Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist, Iowa State University

Whether you go to the App Store for an Apple product or Google Play for an Android, you have lots of choices. I ask myself, what do I really need to have the app do? Do I just want to track the butter and cheese market or find the cash price of corn at locations within 20 miles of home? Or do I want an app that will record the information I need when applying a restricted use pesticide? Knowing how you will use the information from the app is vital to picking the right one. Continue...

Optimizing milk components is one key to maximizing profit

By Jim Salfer, Dairy Extension Educator, University of Minnesota

In June of 2014 Time magazine’s cover was, “Eat Butter.” (June 23, 2014). The article was
subtitled, “Scientists labeled fat the enemy: why they were wrong”. Since then, McDonald’s has eliminated margarine and American consumers have drastically increased the consumption of higher fat dairy products. This trend is expected to continue and is having an effect on mailbox milk prices. A milk plant field representative recently mentioned that there was nearly a $3.00 difference in pay price between his patrons farms (all Holsteins). Continue...
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Impacts of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Survey for Livestock Producers

Over a year ago the rules for using medically important antibiotics for food animals changed. What has the impact been on herd/flock management? What has the impact been on antibiotic use on farms? Has herd/flock health changed as a result? What educational needs are there that Extension can address? Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with other land grant universities is posing these and other questions to food animal producers nationwide through a survey that has been developed to address the VFD regulation.

We want to hear from you as food producers in the dairy industry. The survey, which will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, can be accessed through the following link: https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eY83E3DiinngljD.

Thank you for completing the survey. Your responses help us better meet the educational needs of food animal producers.

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So You Need Some Extra Labor Force on the Farm?

By Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

As the American farm continues to grow and evolve, the need for extra labor within these operations is also exhibiting the same parallel trend. Unfortunately, many of us as agriculture producers did not sign on to become human resource managers, when we entered into the occupation of agricultural production. In addition, agricultural producers, as a group, tend to be very independent, do it ourselves types, and the transition into being people managers instead of maybe “livestock or crop managers” is not the easiest. Thus, if we are going to be successful in the future and our success is dependent upon hired labor, we need that managers must develop the skills to manage people. Continue...
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Animal Diseases to Know Before You Show

By Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate

2018 Animal Care Wednesday Webinars
Husbandry Practices in the Spotlight

January 3, 2018 kicked off the 2018 Animal Care Wednesday Webinar series. Keeping animals healthy is always the first priority of every animal caregiver, young and old. Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, State Veterinarian in South Dakota, provided listeners with a great list of the common diseases to be aware of and watch for in animals for show or exhibition. Additionally, Dr. Oedekoven shared a few of the diseases that are more common in commercial settings or have been in the headlines. Continue...

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.



27: Nebraska State Dairy Association annual convention; Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, Columbus, NE; Contact Rod Johnson 402-853-2028 or Rod@NebraskaMilk.org) to register.


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

27: I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course Tour; Featuring Informal Conversations, Health Protocols and Market Analysis. Visit iGrow.org for more details.


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.