BROOKINGS, S.D. - The I-29 Moo University collaboration will be offering their Winter Workshop Series January 8-12, 2018. They encourage all dairy producers, students, stakeholders and industry personnel to attend.
The series focus is From Field to Bunk: Growing and Feeding Dairy Quality Forages. The workshop series will take place in five locations including: Mandan, North Dakota; Watertown, South Dakota; Pipestone, Minnesota; Orange City, Iowa and Norfolk, Nebraska.
Register by December 29, 2017. Registration is $50 per person and $25 for students. Late registration is late $65 and $30 for students. Late registration fees begin December 30. To register, visit the iGrow Events page.
Workshop Series Details
- North Dakota workshop will be held January 8, 2018 in Mandan at the Baymont Inn & Suites (2611 Old Red Trail Northwest Mandan, North Dakota 58554);
- South Dakota workshop will be held January 9, 2018 in Watertown at the Codington County Extension Complex (Kitchen Mtg. Room) (1910 West Kemp Avenue, Watertown, SD 57201);
- Minnesota workshop will be held January 10, 2018 in Pipestone at the Pipestone Veterinary Services (1801 Forman Drive, Pipestone, MN 56164);
- Iowa workshop will be held January 11, 2018 in Orange City at the Sioux County Extension Office (400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700, Orange City, IA 51041); and
- Nebraska workshop will be held January 12, 2018 in Norfolk at the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College (NECC), (601 East Benjamin Ave., Norfolk, NE 68701).
Learning Objectives: To improve the sustainability of the dairy production system. Attendees can expect the following:
- Learn to incorporate cover crops and new forage genetic lines into the forage production system for dairies.
- Producers will increase their understanding of forages and cover crops in dairy rations.
- Improve dairy and labor management skills in the areas of feeding management and safety protocols.
9:30 a.m. - Registration & Refreshments
10 a.m. - New Forage Genetic Lines and how they Impact the Dairy Industry - Bruce Anderson, Professor of Agronomy, UNL Extension Forage Specialist
- Learn how forage genetic improvements in corn silage, sorghums and cover crops can influence the soil health and dairy diet performance in your operation.
10:45 a.m. - Cover Crops - incorporating them into your Forage Production System - Sara Berg, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist
- Learn about cover crop incorporation into your fields, rotation considerations and planting methods.
11:30 a.m. - Break
11:45 a.m. - Incorporating Cover Crops into Dairy Rations - James C. Paulson, Associate Professor Forage Specialist and Nutritionist
- Incorporate the nuts and bolts of cover crops into your dairy farm, maximizing nutrition and profitability.
12:30 p.m. - Lunch
1:30 p.m. - Sponsor recognition
2:00 p.m. - Silage Pile Safety training for you & your employees - Keith Bolsen, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Kansas State University, "The Silage Man," Nationally known speaker in silage production and safety practices.
- Is your silage program safe? Silage safety practices and considerations to come home safely at the end of the day for you, your employees and family members.
2:45 p.m. - Evaluating Dairy Diets from the Nutritionist, to the Employee, to the Cow. – authored by Fernando Diaz, DVM, PhD – Dairy Nutrition and Management Consultant – Rosecrans Dairy Consulting, Co-presented by Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist & Jim Salfer, U of M Regional Extension Dairy Educator.
- Understand feeding inefficiencies as you deliver diets to your dairy herd.
3:30 pm - Evaluation & Adjourn
For more information, contact the I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop: From Field to Bunk, Program Committee Chairs; Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist by email or 605.882.5140; or Kimberly J. Clark, UNL Extension Dairy Educator by email or 402.472.6065.