I-29 Dairy Outreach Consortium invites dairy producers to attend the Boots on the Farm Heifer Growers Tour Dec. 11, 2014. "Here's your opportunity to see these excellent heifer growing facilities first-hand and to learn what has worked and what they changed along the way. If you are considering using automatic calf feeders, this is your chance to learn from those who are successfully using them," said Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist.

This tour begins at 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 11th with vans leaving from the South Dakota State University Motor Pool Parking Lot on the north side of campus in Brookings. The second pick of passengers will be at 7:45 a.m. in Marshall, Minn., located at the University of Minnesota Regional Extension Office, parking lot.  Pre-registration for the tour is requested to insure a spot on the vans if you plan to attend. Please contact Tracey Erickson at 605.882.5140 to pre-register. There will be a registration fee of $75 for the tour and van transportation or a $50 registration fee if you plan to drive yourself.

Tour Agenda

6:30 a.m. Pick up in Brookings, S.D.
7:45 a.m. Pick up in Marshall, Minn.
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Carlson Dairy located near Pennock, Minn., They are utilizing automatic Urban calf feeders as they raise their replacement heifers. Carlson Dairy milks 1,500 cows with a herd average of over 32,000 pounds herd average and 1,300 pounds fat, utilizing sand bedding and sand lanes for a manure handling system. You will have time to learn about their management system and how heifer development is important to their operation. Carlson Dairy - 4970 120th St NW; Pennock, Minn., 56279.
11:45 a.m. - Lunch at Hilltop Restaurant Paynesville, Minn., Hilltop Restaurant Payneville - 28518 Minnesota 55, Paynesville, MN 56362
12:30 p.m. - Virtual tour of Rohe Dairy - Calf Feeders, following lunch at restaurant will hear from Michelle Rohe, first hand, how they utilize forced air and have added a lien onto the calving barn (old milk barn) and are successfully raising calves for their 250 cow milking herd with Lely automatic calf feeders.
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Mill Creek Dairy is owned by the Tom & Donna, Ed, and Nick Gregory families. The Gregory's milk nearly 600 cows and utilize recycled manure solids for bedding. The calves are fed with a Lely Calm automatic calf feeder. Mill Creek Dairy puts a high emphasis on growing, harvesting, storing and feeding high quality forages. Mill Creek Dairy, 18373 121st Avenue, Kimball, Minn.
3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Landwehr Dairy milks about 900 cows along with raising their own replacement heifers. They are presently using 4 pens with Lely automatic calf feeders. This is an all in all out, remodeled facility. Landwehr Dairy - 16591 County Road 2, Watkins, MN 55389
4:15 p.m. - return home, with drop off in Marshall, Minn. and Brookings, S.D.

Registration information

Total cost per person with is $75 per person. This fee includes transportation (from pick-up points Brookings, S.D. and Marshall, Minn.), lunch and refreshments on vans or $50 per person without transportation in vans.

Register by Dec. 8, 2014 to reserve your spot on van (limited to 21 participants in the vans). First come basis when registration received for carpooling. Contact Tracey Erickson at 605.882.5140.

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