I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers - October 2016

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Handling Reminders for Dairies

By: Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate

Sources of handling stress are accumulative in cattle. Stockmen can have a positive impact on the amount of stress cattle experience by planning ahead and being realistic about allowing adequate time to get things done well.

Low-stress handling techniques from the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) and Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) programs can minimize stress on both cattle and people, improve handling efficiency, and subsequently be beneficial to limit potential losses. Continue...

Are cover crops in your forage supply?

By Jim Paulson, University of Minnesota Dairy Extension

The topic of cover crops has been getting lots of discussion. Cover crops are not new but we are certainly looking more at their benefits in recent years. Green manure crops were an early method to add nitrogen to the soil. Ten to 15 years ago, planting a cover crop such as winter rye following a corn silage harvest was used to reduce erosion on mostly bare ground. We now realize the benefits of rooting depth to break up soil's hard pan and how roots bring microbial activity to the soil. Cover crops can also fix nitrogen or scavenge nitrogen in the soil while adding organic matter and ground cover, improving water holding capacity and providing forage for livestock. Continue...
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Superbugs from Livestock Care Practices?

By: Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate

Animal Care Wednesday Webinars
Husbandry Practices in the Spotlight

During the September Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, Dr. Gretchen Hill, Michigan State University Professor of Nutrition, began her presentation regarding antibiotic resistant bacteria with a powerful statement highlighting a misconception of society that current livestock care practices could be producing an unsafe food source.

Antibiotic Resistance & “Superbugs”

Talking about antibiotic resistance and “superbugs” is a challenging task for most people. Much of this challenge is simply caused by misconceptions that have been created, either intentionally or unintentionally. Continue...
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Calendar of Events

26: Planning for the Future: How Can You Survive Mooving Forward? I-29 Moo University fall tour. Central Minnesota. To register click here.
27: Cattle Handling Workshop; Philip, SD. iGrow.org/Events

2:- Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am
9: Rearing Young Stock for Milk and Beef Production workshop; Gage County Extension Office, Beatrice, NE. Click here for details.
10: Rearing Young Stock for Milk and Beef Production workshop; Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk, NE. Click here for details.
29-December 1: Minnesota Milk Dairy Conference and Expo, River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN.

7: Animal Care Wednesday webinar, 10:30 am
8-9: Risk Management Workshop-Lincoln, NE.
13: Avoiding Cold Stress in Winter Months webinar; 10:00 am. Click here for details and to join the webinar.

16-20: I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop; Hot Topics on a Cold Day. Details coming soon!
16: Quality Inn, Jamestown, ND
17: Codington County Extension Center, Watertown, SD
18: Pipestone Systems Conference Room, Pipestone, MN
19: Sioux County Extension Office, Orange City, IA
20: Lifelong Learning Center at NECC, Norfolk, NE

21: Nebraska State Dairy Association annual convention
24: Cattle Handling workshop; Beresford, SD

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.