The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host a dairy design and management field day on March 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Jones Dairy located at 2508 270th St., Milford.
The program will specifically focus on design and ventilation of calf and heifer facilities, new research related to paired-calf management and the economics of heifer housing.
Veterinarians Edwin and Rikke Engelbrecht visited three Northwest Iowa dairies on their way to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska last week. The Engelbrechts have a multi-clinic practice in Denmark that specializes in dairy health. They consult with herds across Europe, with Nikke specializing in calf and heifer issues while Edwin focuses on the milking herd.
To help better monitor the feed costs associated with raising dairy replacements, University of Wisconsin Extension Dairy Management Specialist Bruce Jones and Dairy Heifer Management Specialist Matt Akins have updated Dairy Heifer Feed Cost Budget worksheet to assist farmers and managers in estimating feed costs of replacement dairy heifers.