Annual Dairy Goat Management Seminar Dec. 9 near Sioux Center

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Goat Management Seminar on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Dordt College Agriculture Stewardship Center, 700 7th St. NE, Sioux Center. The event will begin with registration at 9 a.m. and the program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

This year’s focus is on milk quality and functional type animals.

“With Iowa being the number three dairy goat state in the nation, dairy goat production is an important industry for our state, and especially northwest Iowa,” said Fred Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We are very pleased to continue this educational opportunity with a lineup of quality speakers and presenters to provide producers with practical take-home information.”

The program will cover the following topics:

  • Using antibiotics without compromising milk safety, by Michelle Buckley, ISU College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Mastitis identification and management, by Fauna Smith, UC-Davis College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Setting goals: VCPRs and milk quality, by Fauna Smith, UC-Davis College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dairy Goat Profit Analysis, by Larry Tranel, ISU Extension and Outreach
  • Hands-on lab focused on improving milk quality: Functional type assessment, milk hygiene and equipment maintenance, and milk quality assessment tools, by Danni Louie, American Dairy Goat Association linear appraiser; Fauna Smith, UC-Davis College of Veterinary Medicine; and Michelle Buckley, ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.

There is no registration fee to attend the program, but registration is required online at https://go.iastate.edu/2023DAIRYGOAT or by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office at 712-737-4230. The deadline to register is Dec. 6 at 12 noon.

A complimentary lunch will be provided thanks to sponsorship from Big Gain and Hull Feed & Produce.

Questions can be emailed to Fred Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu or call at 712-737-4230.

This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program, Antimicrobial Resistance number: 2020-04197.

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