The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues on Wednesday, May 17 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. This program will focus on how heifer maturity affects the dairy’s finance bottom line.
The basic premise under-girding this presentation is that a mature heifer is an animal that has the phenotypic characteristics (e.g. weight and frame) that will allow the full expression of the animal’s genomic productive ability.
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.