It is Corn Silage Time – Are You Ready?

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 12 noon to 1 p.m., with the focus on corn silage.

The webinar will be led by Luiz Ferraretto who will discuss how to use corn silage to put more milk in the bulk tank and ultimately, more money in dairy producers’ pockets.

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USDA Improves Livestock Crop Insurance Policies with New Options

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is updating livestock insurance policies to improve options for producers and to create additional opportunities for producers to participate. USDA’s Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) updates to the Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) and Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) policies will be effective for the 2022 and succeeding crop years.  Continue reading “USDA Improves Livestock Crop Insurance Policies with New Options”

May 19 Dairy Webinar to focus on Mitigating Heat Stress

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues on Wednesday, May 19 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. with the topic of minimizing heat stress in dairy herds.

ISU Extension and Outreach Agricultural Engineer Brian Dougherty will discuss the elements of ventilation and how to mitigate heat stress in the milking herd. By minimizing heat stress, producers are able to make their cattle more comfortable and better maintain profitability through the hot summer months.

Producers, dairy consultants, and industry representatives can attend the webinar live at

https://iastate.zoom.us/my/dairyteamfredprogram. Registration is not required, and participation is free.

The webinar will also be archived for later viewing at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/dairyteam/webinars.

For more information, contact Dairy Specialist Fred Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

Lee Maassen Named ISU Dairy Club Honorary Member

On Sunday, March 14, the Dairy Science Club at Iowa State University hosted the annual Dairy Science Banquet. Animal science faculty, club members, and alumni are invited each year to recognize departmental and club success. One particular award, the Dairy Science Club Honorary Member Award, gets voted on by club members prior to the banquet. This year’s recipient is Leroy Maassen of Maurice, Iowa.

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Iowa Milk Production Up 3 Percent

Milk production in Iowa during January 2021 totaled 468 million pounds, up 3% from the previous January according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during January, at 222,000 head, was 2,000 more than last month and 7,000 more than January 2020. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,110 pounds, up 5 pounds from last January.

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Dairy Goat Webinar to Focus on Kid Management Strategies

Learn how to control and minimize the spread of disease in your goat herd

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team will continue its quarterly dairy goat webinar focusing on “Strategic Kid Management” March 3, 2021, from noon to 1:15 p.m., CST.

This webinar will focus on situating the next generation of replacement does for a successful future. Multiple contagious diseases are transmitted to young goats right around kidding.

During this webinar, Roselle Busch, assistant specialist in Cooperative Extension at UC-Davis, will discuss why recommended management practices help to control and minimize the spread of disease in your herd.

“I will cover the basics for healthy kids in the first month, going over colostrum management, use of automated feeders, and then get into the role that different kid rearing strategies play in mitigating disease transmission,” Busch noted.

Busch’s focus at UC-Davis is on applied research in small ruminant health and disease mitigation.

There is no fee to attend the program; however, registration is required.

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.

Register by March 2 at https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwud-6orDgqHdVkbAR-lU17jxkrfpdGAmWI or contact Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, at jbentley@iastate.edu, 563-382-2949.

Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Information will also be provided about future webinars, as dates and topics are announced.

Archived webinars are available on the ISU Extension and Outreach dairy team website.

 

 

Monthly Dairy Webinar: Climate Update for 2021 Season

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues on Wednesday, January 20 from 12 noon to 1 pm. This program will focus on the climate and weather predictions for the 2021 growing season. Dennis Todey, director of the USDA Climate Hub in Ames, Iowa will make the presentation.

Dennis Todey is the Director of the Midwest Climate Hub in Ames. He is a native Iowan with his BS and PhD from Iowa State in Meteorology and Agricultural Meteorology. He has spent two stints in South Dakota, first completing his MS at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and most recently as Associate Professor and State Climatologist for South Dakota at South Dakota State University. He is well known regionally as a speaker and media source on various climate issues and is the former president of the American Association of State Climatologists.

Producers, dairy consultants and industry representatives can attend the webinar at:

https://iastate.zoom.us/my/dairyteamfredprogram

No registration is required and there is no fee.

For more information contact the Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist in your area:

Region 1 – Fred M. Hall-  email:  fredhall@iastate.edu  phone: 712.737.4230

Region 2 – Jennifer Bentley-  email: jbentley@iastate.edu   phone: 563.382.2949

Region 3 – Larry Tranel-  email:  tranel@iastate.edu  phone: 563.583.6496

November Milk Production Up In Iowa

Milk production in Iowa during November 2020 totaled 438 million pounds, up 2% from the previous November according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during November, at 219,000 head, was the same as last month and 3,000 more than last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,000 pounds, up 20 pounds from last November.

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I-29 Moo University Winter Virtual Workshop Will Focus on Dairy Sustainability

NET Zero: If it’s Not Your Profitability, What Is It?

Dairy Producers and Industry are invited to the I-29 MOO University Virtual Winter Workshop in partnership with Midwest Dairy & State Trade Associations being held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM.

This workshop will focus on the Net Zero Initiative and what the impact will be for dairy producers. Attendees will gain knowledge through a hands-on virtual experience of how sustainability practices are being implemented on dairy farms and within dairy processing plants.

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