Local Dairy Days feature profitable dairy practices

Producers learn successful herd management strategies based on current research

Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues during 2019 Dairy Days events hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 21 and Feb. 7.

“The ISU Extension and Outreach dairy team conducts this workshop to provide the latest research to Iowa’s dairy producers,” said Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Our goal is to help producers make sound herd management decisions that are backed by current and relevant information.”

Topics covered at 2019 Dairy Days will include:

- Early Season Crop Scouting for Corn and Alfalfa
- Silage Inoculants: What They Do and Why they are Needed
- Robotic Milking Update: Management and Economics
- Hygiene: How Clean is your Calf Kitchen?
- Heifer Economics: How Many and How Much?

“This day-long program offers producers an opportunity to hear up-to-date information. They can also talk with our speakers for answers to their specific situations,” said Bentley.

Dairy Days will be offered at seven Iowa locations:  Jan. 21 in Riceville, Jan. 22 in Fayette, Jan. 23 in Waverly, Feb. 4 in Bloomfield, Feb. 5. in Kalona, Feb. 6 in Holy Cross and Feb. 7 in Ryan. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program will conclude by 2:30 p.m.

The registration fee covers the noon meal and proceedings costs. Pre-registration is requested by the Friday before each event to reserve a meal. Online registration is available https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1HOMyn2F0BaLFpb. Vouchers for the event may be available at your local agri-service providers or veterinarian’s office.

For more information contact your local county ISU Extension and Outreach county office or your local dairy specialist, Jennifer Bentley at 563-382-2949 or Larry Tranel at 563-583-6496.

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