A regional summary of dairy-related news and events from the Midwest. Today's posts cover Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
Northeast Iowa On-Farm Calf Feeding Workshops scheduled in February
Northeast Iowa on-farm calf feeding workshops will be offered at multiple locations in February. Dates, locations and features include:
• Feb. 10, 10:30-11:30 am, Kevin & Gayleen Moellers, Ridgeway, IA. GEA Auto-feeders utilizing pasteurized milk in a cross-ventilated facility.
• Feb. 10, 1:30-2:30 pm, Paul & Jody Stempfle, Maynard, IA. New individual stall calf barn utilizing a Milk Taxi for transport and pasteurization of milk.
• Feb. 11, 10:30-11:30 am, Pattison Dairy, Garnavillo, IA. GEA Auto-feeders utilizing pasteurized milk in a hoop building.
• Feb. 11,1:30-2:30 pm, Gibbs Dairy, Waterville, IA. DeLaval Auto-feeder in a cross-ventilated facility.
• Feb. 17, 10:30-11:30 am, Virgil and Judy McNamara Dairy, Anamosa, IA. Auto-calf feeder in new facility.
• Feb. 17, 1:30-2:30 pm, Stoll Farms, Cascade, IA. Auto calf-feeder in remodeled facility.
• Feb 18, 10:30-11:30 am, Strief Dairy, Farley, IA. Pasteurizer and auto-calf feeder in new facility.
• Feb. 18, 1:30-2:30 pm, Domeyer Dairy, Holy Cross. Auto-calf feeder in remodeled facility.
Iowa Dairy Days feature profitable practices
Iowa State University Extension specialists will share information on emerging dairy industry issues at four remaining 2014 ISU Extension Dairy Days.
Remaining Dairy Days will be offered at the following locations: Feb. 3 in Bloomfield; Feb. 4 in Kalona; Feb. 5 in Holy Cross; and Feb. 6 in Ryan.
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and the program will conclude by 3 p.m. Details about each date are available from county ISU Extension offices.
A $15 registration fee covers the noon meal and proceedings costs. Registration is requested by the Friday before each event to reserve a meal. Vouchers may be available from local ag-service providers or veterinarians.
For more information, contact local county ISU Extension & Outreach offices or local dairy specialists Jenn Bentley, (563) 382-2949, or Larry Tranel, (563) 583-6496.
Northwest Iowa Dairy Days
Northwest Iowa Dairy Days will be held at two locations:
• Feb. 25 – Forster Community Center, Rock Rapids
• Feb. 26 – Sioux County Extension Office, Orange City
For more information contact Kevin Lager at 712-737-4230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwest Iowa Calf Tours scheduled
March 5-6 will be the dates for on-farm calf tours in northwest Iowa. Contact Kevin Lager in the Sioux County Extension office for more information at 712-737-4230 or email@example.com.
NE Iowa Dairy Foundation plans annual meeting, open house on March 27
The annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation will feature an open house of the robotic milking addition, March 27, 2-7 pm. For more information call 563-534-9957 or visit www.iowadairycenter.com.
ISU Dairy Webinar Series planned in March
Mark your calendars for ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team noon webinars, March 13, 20 and 27. Issues surrounding calf management and feeding systems will be highlighted.
Topics will include early life management factors, facilities and ventilation, and automatic calf feeder management. Presenters will include Howard Tyler, ISU Professor of Animal Science, Lee Kilmer, ISU Extension Dairy Specialist, Jenn Bentley, Extension Dairy Specialist, Dan Huyser, Extension Ag Engineer, and Rebecca Brotzman, Outreach Specialist at the Dairyland Initiative.
This webinar is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and North Central Risk Management Education Center. If you’d like to join the webinar or would like more information contact Jenn Bentley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-382-2949.
Dairy Management Workshops set, Feb. 5 & 7
Minnesota Milk Producers Association’s (MMPA) Dairy Management Workshops will be held at two locations:
• Feb. 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., International Event Center, Rochester, MN.
• Feb. 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Freeport Community Center, Freeport, MN.
Matt Lange, Business Consultant, will demonstrate how to organize and highlight key financial, production, and management targets that define successful dairying. Other featured presentations are:
• 2014 Dairy Outlook: Production, Prices & Policy, by Dr. Marin Bozic, University of Minnesota
• Who Cares about Milk Quality? The Cow? The Producer? The Consumer? by Zoetis veterinarians, Dr. Gary Neubauer and Dr. Marty Wayne.
The day will conclude with several roundtable discussions. Come prepared to ask questions and learn from peers on a variety of topics from achieving 40,000 pound rolling herd average to tips on negotiating land rents. Register today! The registration fee is $30/person for MMPA members and $50/person for non-members. Pre-registration is not required but encouraged to guarantee lunch and program materials. Visit www.mnmilk.org/dmw for additional details.
Crop nutrient management conference: Feb. 11
Minnesota farmers and agriculture professionals can learn the importance of the efficient use of applied crop nutrients at the fifth annual Crop Nutrient Management Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minn.
The conference will examine current nutrient management issues in a rapidly changing production environment. Some topics on the program will focus on nitrogen and phosphorus management from commercial fertilizers and animal manures. Speakers will provide an in-depth approach to various management practices of this important nutrient. Sessions will also address the implementation of environmental assessment tools.
There is no registration fee for the conference, however pre-registration is requested. To register, visit the conference website.
NPDES permit annual reports due March 1
Annual report forms for Minnesota livestock farms with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits are now available on the MPCA feedlot program website. Completed forms, including land application records, are due March 1. Links to the form are located on the feedlot program main page, and permits and forms webpage, or download the document. Paper copies of the report may be requested by contacting the MPCA regional offices. The office phone numbers are listed on page 5 of the report. For farms that do not transfer manure, land application records can also be generated using the MPCA excel based Manure Management Planner under Create Crop Year Records. These record forms may be used and submitted instead of the Records for 300 or More Animal Units form. A link to the planner is located on the feedlot program Nutrient and Manure Management webpage.
Drennan honored as Agribusiness Leader of the Year
The St. Louis AgriBusiness Club awarded Dave Drennan the prestigious Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award, Jan. 14, at their monthly meeting. The club recognizes a person who has made a substantial contribution to the well-being of agriculture in the St. Louis area, either on a local or national scale.
"Dave has made significant contributions to the promotion, development, improvement and well-being of the agriculture industry, most of it spent in the St. Louis region, and encompassing three major agriculture commodities with three national agriculture associations (American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and Dairy Calf and Heifer Association) and countless state organizations, including National AgriMarketing Association, Illinois Soybean Association and, most recently Missouri Dairy Association, from border to border and coast to coast," said Ken Bader, fellow Leader of the Year recipient in 1981.
Wendell Knehans, past president, noted Drennan continues to work tirelessly for agriculture.
“I have personally witnessed Dave at a booth at World Dairy Expo in Madison last October promoting Missouri as an destination for dairy re-locations; supporting beef industry at the Missouri Cattleman's Association meeting at Tan-Tar-A last week; and as a continuous participate and active contributor to St. Louis AgriBusiness Club."
Drennan expressed his gratitude for the selection and shared his appreciation for the club.
"I am overwhelmed at the honor of joining this select group, and am grateful to those who nominated me and the selection committee," Drennan continued, "I was encouraged as a staffer to participate in the club and have been fortunate to work with some great bosses, like Ken Bader, Jeff Gain, Steve Drake and Scott Shearer. I learned early on that membership isn't everything, but without it you have nothing."
The St. Louis Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award is given annually. For more information, click on Leader of the Year at www.StLouisAgClub.org.
Dairy Cow College dates set
Reducing feed bunk losses, zoonotic disease concerns and succession planning are the major topics covered during the North Dakota 2014 Dairy Cow College. The program, offered at four sites, is joint educational effort of the North Dakota State University Extension Service and Midwest Dairy Association (MDA) in cooperation with the NDSU Animal Sciences Department and the Extension offices in Barnes, Dunn, Emmons, McIntosh, Morton, Oliver, Stark/Billings and Stutsman counties.
The dates and locations for this year’s programs are:
• Feb. 3: Linton, KEM Electric Cooperative
• Feb. 4: Dickinson, Elks Lodge
• Feb. 5: New Salem, Youth Building, Morton County Fairground
• Feb. 6: Jamestown, Gladstone Inn and Suites
Each session will begin with registration and coffee at 10:30 a.m. The program will run from 11 a.m. to about 3:15 p.m. local time.
The program will start with an MDA district update, followed by a local district milk producers’ association meeting and an MDA-sponsored lunch. The Dairy Cow College educational sessions will be held in the afternoon.
Dairy Cow College presenters are J.W. Schroeder, NDSU Extension dairy specialist; Cole Rupprecht, an agriculture and natural resources Extension agent for Cass County; and Susan Keller, state veterinarian.
For more information about the Dairy Cow College, contact Schroeder at (701) 231-7663 or email@example.com or the following Extension agents:
PDPW plans marketing series
Understanding marketing strategies and tools can help grow your dairy's profitability. The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) will host a six-session series to help producers understand those strategies and tools, beginning Jan. 30.
Lead instructor Carl Babler will cover:
• • Understanding agricultural commodity markets and marketing
• • Developing an effective marketing plan
• • Basics of market analysis
• • Understanding and utilizing cash, futures and options markets
• • What marketers and hedgers should know
All classes will be held at Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville, Wis.
The first class in the 2014 series is Jan. 30, with remaining course dates decided by participants. Cost is $450 per farm (maximum two individuals per farm).
For more information, phone 800-947-7379 or click HERE.
Dairy technology meeting set at Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Extension will host a “Dairy Modernization Meeting: Technology … Friend or Foe”, Jan. 30, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at The Ravine, Green Bay, Wis.
The day’s agenda includes:
• Jack Rodenburg, retired from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Extension Service, will share his “baker’s dozen” principles for robotic barn design or renovation. as well as practical advice for start-up and day-to-day management.
• David Kammel, UW-Madison/UW-Extension Biological Systems Engineer, will talk about calf barn ventilation and management. including positive pressure ventilation systems in calf barn facilities.
• Eric Ronk, UW-Extension Calumet County Agriculture Agent, will present the 2013 ICPA Report, which focuses on the economic costs and labor efficiencies associated with raising dairy herd replacements on Wisconsin dairy farms.
• After lunch, a question-and-answer session will be held with local producers who currently use robotic milkers or automatic calf feeders.
• Rodenburg will discuss “Success Factors for Automatic Calf Feeding.”
To register, call the Calumet UW-Extension office at (920) 849-1450. For more information, contact Sarah Mills-Lloyd, Oconto County UW-Extension, at (920) 834-6845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LTC Progressive Operator's Series continues Jan. 31
A Progressive Operators’ Series session titled “Would You Work For You?” will be held Jan. 31 at Lakeshore Technical College in eastern Wisconsin. Tom Wall, DairyCoach.com, will be featured.
The Progressive Operators series is open to producers and agri-businessmen. Cost for the all-day session is $60 and includes lunch.
To register, call Lakeshore Technical College Registration Desk, 1-888-468-6582, ext. 1366. For additional information contact the Wisconsin Extension Service in Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Washington or Manitowoc Counties or Greg Booher, Lakeshore Technical College at 920-960-0551 or Terrilynn Hastreiter also at Lakeshore Technical College at 920-693-1116.
Wisconsin Dairy Well-Being Conference is March 7
University of Wisconsin-Extension will host the annual one-day Dairy Cattle Well-Being Conference, March 7, at Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Eau Claire, Wis.
Dairy and beef producers, veterinarians, farm service providers, educators, emergency managers, first responders and elected officials are encouraged to attend. The conference focuses on expanding awareness and understanding about how dairy and beef animals are cared for and what the implications could be for Wisconsin farmers and agriculture industry.
Topics and presenters this year include:
• McDonald’s Global Animal Health and Welfare: A Practical Approach; Bruce Feinberg, McDonald’s Corporation.
• Animal Well-Being: Opinions, Ethics and Science; Dr. Amy Stanton, UW-Extension/Madison animal well-being specialist.
• The Value of a Cull Cow-The Packer Perspective; Lily Edwards-Callaway, PhD, JBS.
• Euthanasia Update; Dr. Kurt Vogel, UW-River Falls.
• The Importance of Advocating Animal Well-Being via Social Media Channels; Amy Manske, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.
• Replacing Outcry with Outreach; Denny Harding, Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference ends at 3:00 p.m. The cost is $40 per person ($75 with CE credits) for those who register by March 1. Registration will be $50 ($85 with CE credits) after March 1. This program has been approved for up to 6 hours of continuing education credits for veterinary practitioners and technicians.
Go to http://fyi.uwex.edu/animalhusbandryconference/ for the program agenda and registration information. Sponsors and supporters include: JBS, National Dairy Farm Program, Equity Livestock, Animart, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Zoetis and UW-Extension.
Wisconsin herds cited by NorthStar Cooperative’s DHI Services
More than 1,300 dairy operations and 320,000 cows were evaluated in ranking herds and cows for Milk Production, Dollar Value, and Somatic Cell Count (SCC) in the 2013 NorthStar Cooperative Dairy Herd Information (DHI) Services Annual Performance Summary. Wisconsin herds topping the list included:
• Rosy-Lane Holsteins, LLC, of Watertown topped both the reports for High Dollar Value Holstein Herd and Highest Lifetime Cow for Milk Production in the Annual Performance Review. The 931-cow herd led the High Dollar Value Herd list with a three-times-a-day rolling herd average (RHA) of 31,515 pounds of milk, 1,285 pounds of fat, and 1,013 pounds of protein and a dollar value of $5,765. They led the Highest Lifetime Cow for Milk Production with 412,637 pounds of milk, 11,869 pounds of fat, and 11,223 pounds of protein in nine lactations.
• The herd with the Lowest SCC Herd Average in the Annual Performance Summary was Shaft Acres Holsteins of Unity. The 61-cow dairy topped the list with an SCC average of 60,000 while producing an RHA of 19,484 pounds of milk, 767 pounds of fat, 574 pounds of protein and a dollar value of $3,343.
• Four producers topped breed specific lists for High Dollar Value Herd Average reports. Tim Busch of Cecil topped the High Dollar Value Ayrshire Herd Average report with an RHA of 19,563 pounds of milk, 736 pounds of fat, and 611 pounds of protein with a dollar value of $3,413. The Watertown dairy Twinkle-Hill Brown Swiss topped the High Dollar Value Brown Swiss Herd Average report with an RHA of 25,623 pounds of milk, 1,136 pounds of fat, and 882 pounds of protein with a dollar value of $5,038. Don Mielke of Menasha took the top spot for High Dollar Value Jersey Herd Average with an RHA of 21,070 pounds of milk, 1,140 pounds of fat, and 749 pounds of protein with a dollar value of $4,578. The High Dollar Value Red and White Holstein Herd Average report was led by Seyller Farms of Fond Du Lac with an RHA of 25,795 pounds of milk, 886 pounds of fat, and 788 pounds of protein with a dollar value of $4,295.
NorthStar Cooperative, Inc. is a stock based cooperative, owned by dairy and beef producers in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. Originally formed in 1944 as an artificial insemination cooperative, NorthStar Cooperative, Inc. is now comprised of sales and service for Select Sires, Ag Products and Technologies, DHI Services and Antel BioSystems, an animal diagnostic testing center. Based in Lansing, Michigan, NorthStar provides sales and service to producers, veterinarians and industry members across the United States. A complete summary of the 2013 year-end production results can be obtained by calling 800.631.3510. For more information, visit www.northstarcooperative.com.
Dairy Calf and Heifer Grower Conference is April 1-3
The 2014 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Conference will be held April 1-3, at the Hyatt on Main, Green Bay, Wis. Highlights include:
• Combined conference room presentations and hands-on demonstrations at some of the industry’s best dairy calf and heifer operations.
• Unique, insightful speakers with fresh perspectives.
• An employee track, customized to help train your best calf and heifer staff.
• Multiple networking opportunities with other producers and industry leaders.
• A trade show focused specifically on calf and heifer products and services.
• The DCHA Annual Business Meeting – learn about, and contribute to, our direction.
• Keynote speaker: Donald Driver – NFL superstar, Dancing with the Stars Champion, and author.
• Behind the scenes tour and networking social event at Lambeau Field.
For more information, go to www.calfandheifer.org
4-State Dairy Management Conference is June 11-12 at Dubuque
Save the date for the annual 4-state Dairy Management Conference, June 11-12, at Dubuque, Iowa.
The event is sponsored by: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; University of WI-Extension, University of MN Extension and University of IL Extension. For more information, visit http://wiagribusiness.org/fourstate.php