Register today for Midwest Dairy & Beef Day: Forage and Feed Basics held Wednesday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Iowa’s Dairy Center located at 1527 Highway 150 S, Calmar, Iowa.
This event is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation, and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). This year’s event will discuss the basics of forage management, from bunk to cow. Midwest Dairy and Beef Day is open to all beef producers, dairy farmers, students and people in the industry.
Matt Atkins, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will provide information on how alternative forages can fit into your complete farming system, from field to rations. This will be followed by Daniel Olson of Forage Innovations who will discuss the benefits of cover crops and alternative forages and how they can fit into your current crop rotation. The morning will end with Brian Dougherty, Agricultural Field Engineer at ISU Extension & Outreach, reviewing forage storage alternatives. After lunch, breakout sessions will take place for dairy and beef. The dairy breakout session will be led by Erin Mosley, Ph.D., of GPS Dairy Consulting. She will share information on software and technology to assist in the assessment of flow management and inventory. Garland Dahlke, ISU Research Scientist, and Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Extension Specialist, will lead the breakout session on integrating alternative and annual forages into the cow feeding program of butcher’s shop. The day will end with a panel of dairy and beef producers sharing their experiences and answering questions about their successful forage management programs.
This program is offered free of charge, thanks to the support of local businesses. Please call the NICC at (844) 642-2338, ext. 1399, or visit www.nicc.edu/solutions/90378 to register before Tuesday, November 15. More information is available at www.iowadairycenter.com.