I-29 Moo University Presents Evaluation of Fodder Production Systems for Dairy Farms Webinar On September 19

The I-29 Moo University 2023 Dairy Webinar Series continues on Tuesday, September 19 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. CDT with a focus on feeding fodder to dairy cattle.

The webinar will feature Brad Heins, Professor of Organic Dairy Management at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research Center in Morris, Minnesota.

Currently, Dr. Heins conducts his research at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center. The Center has a 130-head herd in a certified organic system, and a 160-head herd in a conventional grazing system. His research and extension program focuses on best management practices for dairy production, crossbreeding of dairy cattle, group rearing of calves, and renewable energy for dairy production systems.  He serves on the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture Board of Directors and the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force.

“Dr. Heins will present current research on the science behind feeding fodder to help clear up some of the information appearing in recent media articles,” said Fred Hall, dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Sprouting grain for livestock feed has gained renewed interest as a method to produce a continuous supply of fresh, high-quality forage. We will discuss the feasibility, effectiveness and challenges of implementing sprouted grain systems on dairy farms.

There is no fee to participate in the webinar; however, registration is required at least one hour before the webinar. Register online at


For more information, contact: in Iowa, Fred M. Hall, 712-737-4230; in Minnesota, Jim Salfer, 320-203-6093; or in South Dakota, Patricia Villamediana, 605-688-4116.

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