Styler named AJCA/NAJ area representative

Shawn Styer, Elmwood, Wis., has been named an area representative for the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., covering Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

For the past year, he has worked on a part-time basis as an evaluator for the AJCA Linear Type Traits Appraisal program. He will continue in that role as part of his new assignment.

Styer earned a B.S. in dairy science-management option from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he was a member of the National Dairy Challenge team in 2012. While pursuing his studies, he worked three years as an assistant herdsman for Jon-De Farm, a 1,500-cow Holstein dairy. He also completed a four-month management trainee experience at Ahlem Farm Partnership, Hilmar, Calif.

For more information on the association’s complete line of services for dairy business owners, visit the website at or connect at


Wisconsin DBA 2014 Access Symposium will highlight ‘down cow’ crisis management strategies

The Dairy Business Association (DBA) will hold their Access Symposium, Feb. 18-19, at Lambeau Field, in Green Bay, Wis.

The Feb. 18 program will feature the heads of multiple state agencies, providing updates o regulations facing producers. Producers will then have the opportunity to interact with staff members from each agency.

 On Feb. 19, the event will focus on down cow crisis management strategies. Several experts will discuss best management practices on how to humanely take care of down and sick cattle on dairy operations. In addition, the day will feature a crisis workshop, where producers will learn firsthand how to handle potential crisis situations at their dairy operations.  

 Dr. Mike Costin, DVM from ANIMART, will discuss his own experiences in developing a balanced approach to handling down cows which is both practical for the producer and acceptable to animal handling experts. He will discuss keys to establishing a down cow team, and outline six procedures in handling the animal and humane euthanasia: 1) Proper Use of Hip Hoist; 2) Moving a Down Cow Using a Sled; 3) Moving a Down Cow by Means of Mechanical Conveyance; 4) Moving a Down Cow out of the Parlor; 5) Moving a Down Cow out of the Return Alley; and 6) Moving a Down Cow Out of a Stall (Cow Facing Forward).

Several other experts will also present and discuss crisis management strategies during the symposium. Attorney David Crass, of Michael Best & Friedrich, will talk about legal risks dairy producer owners face when employees act illegally; and Dr. Eyal Misha, of ENGS Corporation, will discuss how technology can play a role in quick alerts for fast action to save cows.

In addition, Dave Smith, a dairy manager with Elberta Valley AG from Elberta, Utah, will explain his standard operating procedures, guidelines, employee training and third-party auditing that he has implemented to manage animals in a manner that results in extraordinary animal care practices.

For more information, visit or call 920.213.7588.


Sheboygan County Forage Council plans hay auction

The Sheboygan County (Wisconsin) Forage Council will sponsor its next non-tested hay auction, Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Chissy’s Restaurant in Waldo, Wis. Hay for sale needs to be at the auction site by 11:30 a.m.; the sale begins at noon. Visit:


Minnesota ‘organic transition’ cost share funding applications due

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds growers of the Feb. 14 deadline to apply for the 2013 Minnesota Organic Transition Cost Share program.

 The program helps farmers who are transitioning their land or livestock to certified organic status. It reimburses part of the cost to work with a USDA-accredited organic certifying agency during the transition period, which typically lasts 36 months. Certifying agencies visit farms and verify that the farmers’ practices comply with federal organic regulations.

Farmers transitioning to organic can receive a rebate of 75% of these eligible costs. The maximum payment is $750/year for three years, or until they achieve organic certification, whichever comes first.

Application forms and a set of Frequently Asked Questions are available at or by calling 651-201-6012.


UW ag research stations to host visitation days

High school students exploring post-graduation opportunities are invited to visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marshfield and Lancaster Agricultural Research Stations in March and April.

These visit days offer a chance for prospective students to learn about the broad range of educational opportunities offered by the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences four-year curriculum and Farm and Industry Short Course. Visitors will get a chance to tour the station and learn about research being conducted there. UW students from the CALS Ambassadors program will be on hand to answer student questions and talk about their own experiences.

Visit days will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on Feb. 28 at the Lancaster station, and on March 28 at the Marshfield Station. A free lunch and ice cream are included.

View the full agenda and register at To ask a CALS Ambassador about this event or what CALS is like, email


Women in Agriculture conference

Farm women from Wisconsin counties of Monroe, Jackson, La Crosse, Juneau, and Vernon counties and the surrounding area are invited to participate in the 7th annual “Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture” conference to be held in Sparta, Wis. on Friday, Feb. 28. click here


Pasture leasing workshop planned

Are you a Southwest Wisconsin livestock producer interested in expanding your operation by leasing expiring CRP or other grasslands?  “Expanding Your Pasture Resources Through Leasing Relationships” will provide information about managed grazing systems, expectations of grassland owners, economics of leasing pasture, establishment of leasing agreements and grazing plan options. 

The workshop is free and will be held Feb. 22, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Iowa County Health & Human Services building, 303 W. Chapel St, Dodgeville, Wis. Register with Erin Holmes at 608-935-2791x141 or at by Feb. 14.

A final workshop in March will be a “meet and greet” session where landowners and livestock producers can evaluate partnership options.