Ag Informer – Midwest Dairy & Beef Day

Register today for Midwest Dairy & Beef Day: Foundations of Forage & Feeding held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Iowa’s Dairy Center located at 1527 Highway 150 S, in Calmar, Iowa.

This event is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, the Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). This year’s event will discuss the foundations of forage management from bunk to cow. Midwest Dairy and Beef Day is open to all beef producers, dairy producers, students and industry persons.

Matt Atkins, Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, will provide information on how alternative forages can fit into your whole-farm 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 wrap up with Brian Dougherty, Field Agricultural Engineer at ISU Extension & Outreach, reviewing forage storage alternatives. After lunch, breakout sessions will be held for dairy and beef. The dairy breakout session will be led by Erin Mosley, Ph.D., of GPS Dairy Consulting. She will share information about software and technology to aid in the evaluation of feed management and inventory. Garland Dahlke, ISU Research Scientist, and Denise Schwab, ISU Extension Beef Specialist, will lead the beef breakout session on fitting alternative and annual forages into the beef cow feeding program. The day will conclude with a dairy and beef producer panel sharing 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 NICC at (844) 642-2338, ext. 1399, or visit to register by Tuesday, Nov. 15. More information is available at

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