Iowa dairy farmers will have the opportunity to hear outreach and outreach specialists from Iowa State University share information on emerging issues in the dairy industry during Dairy Days 2022, scheduled in four sites in eastern Iowa and one site in northwest Iowa.
On the program for this year, producers will learn about euthanasia methods, composting mortalities, farm personalities, nutrition for cows in transition, milk marketing, industry updates and more. .
“The Iowa State Extension dairy team is excited to bring our annual Dairy Days program back in person this year,” said Jenn Bentley, dairy specialist at ISU Extension and Outreach. “This program gives producers a chance to learn more about a variety of topics and to be able to network with other producers and industry representatives.
Dairy Days will be offered at the following locations in January and February: Elma, Calmar, New Vienna, Kalona and Orange City. Registration begins at 9:30 am and the program will end at 2:30 pm The registration fee of $ 15 includes meal and procedural fees. Pre-registration is requested before the Friday before each event to reserve a meal. Vouchers may be available from local agricultural service providers or veterinarians.
After registration, the event begins with a presentation from Jan Shearer, Iowa State Extension Veterinarian, on methods of euthanasia and their effects on carcass disposal.
Mid-morning presentations include Composing Moralities, by Brian Dougherty and Kris Kohl, agricultural engineers with ISU Extension and Outreach; How Personalities Affect Your Farm and Your Family, by Larry Tranel, Dairy Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach; and Care and Feeding of the Cow in Transition, by Gail Carpenter, assistant professor of dairy production at Iowa State.
Lunch is at noon, followed by Lightning Talks presented by dairy experts Fred Hall, Jennifer Bentley and Gail Carpenter, on the topics of milk marketing, the Iowa Dairy Survey and Milker Training Resources.
The event ends around 2 p.m. with closing comments. For more information, contact the ISU Outreach and Outreach office in your participating county.
Dates and locations include the following:
• January 25, Elma, Howard County, call 563-547-3001 to register;
• January 26, Calmar, Winneshiek County, call 563-382-2949 to register;
• January 27, New Vienna, Dubuqe County, call 563-583-6496 to register;
• February 1, Kalona, Washington County, call 877-435-7322 to register; and
• February 8, Orange City, Sioux County, call 712-737-4230 to register.