I-29 Moo University Collaboration will host the fourth annual Dairy Beef Short Course on March 27, 2018 beginning at the Denny Sanford Premier Center (1201 N. West Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104).
8:00 AM Register & load: The bus will leave the Denny Sanford Premier Center complex at 8:15 AM sharp. Arrive by 8:00 AM to ensure prompt departure. Disposable boot covers will be provided at all farm stops. Snacks and lunch are included. Participants will return in time to attend the welcome reception at the Central Plains Dairy Expo. This does not register you for the Central Plains Dairy Expo.
8:15 AM Depart: Opening discussion on state of the industry for dairy beef (on the bus), Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Specialist & Beth Doran, ISU Extension Beef Specialist
9:15 AM Binford Farms, Luverne, MN: Binford Farms is a family operation owned by Grant & Rebecca and Eric & Shari Binford. They have 7 children between the two families ranging in ages from 15 to 4 years of age that they hope will become the next generation in agriculture. Binford Farms is a farmer feeder operation with management divided between Grant managing the cattle feeding and Eric managing the farming and trucking aspects of the business. The operation has primarily fed Holsteins since 2002 from 350 pounds to finish with some Holstein calves in the mix.
10:45 AM Depart for Second stop: Introduction of sponsors & bathroom break included
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch at Tri-State Livestock Auction in Sioux Center, IA
12:30 PM Tri-State Livestock, Sioux Center, IA: Mike Koedam, co-owner & cattle buyer will provide us with his insights regarding the buying and selling of dairy beef. Tri-State Livestock auction market sells all classes of livestock specializing in dairy cattle. They believe that true market value of your livestock can only be achieved through competitive bidding which only an auction can provide.
1:45 PM Depart for Third stop
2:00 PM Rock River Feeders, Rock Valley, IA: Rock River Feeders is a family owned and operated feedlot in Sioux County, Iowa. Kent and Sylvia Pruismann, along with other family members, have taken great care to develop the feedlot with special attention to animal well-being, environmental sustainability and the incorporation of new technologies. The feedlot currently houses 3500 head of cattle in outside yards meeting all federal and state manure management regulations. Kent is a member of the National Cattlemen's Beef Board, so it is no surprise that Beef Quality Assurance is the normal mode of daily operation. All cattle are tagged upon arrival with an electronic identification tag, which is used to track animal origin, health and movement. Placement weight of incoming calves averages 270 pounds. The feedlot rations are a TMR consisting of earlage, corn, wet distillers grains and mineral supplementation. They market their dairy steers on a high energy grid to JBS in Wisconsin.
3:15 PM Leave for Sioux Falls
4:30 PM Return to Sioux Falls Denny Sanford Premier Center
The cost of registration is $30 and includes transportation, snacks, and lunch. For more information on this event, contact Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist, or Fred Hall, ISU NW Iowa Dairy Specialist. Registration deadline March 23, 2018.
Gold sponsors: Mycogen Seeds/Dow; Cropland/Land-O-Lakes; Connor Agriscience; Nebraska Harvestore Systems, Inc, Automated Dairy Specialists
Silver sponsors: Central Confinement Services (CCS); Dells Veterinary Services; Phibro Animal Health; Alforex Seeds; AWS, LLC; Phielo LeSaffre Animal Care; SoyBest; Select Sires; Arm & Hammer/Church & Dwight; AgCountry; Farm Credit Services of America; Quality Liquid Feeds (QLF); Agropur; Gorter's Clay & Dairy Equipment of Minessota, Inc.
Zinpro; Kroese & Kroese, PC; POET Nutrition; DCC Waterbeds ISO; ProAg Engineering; Deluxe Feeds; Feed Components; Iowa Beef Industry Council; Pipestone Veterinary Services; Western Iowa Dairy Association (WIDA); Minnesota Milk; Amino Plus; Iowa Beef