‘Dairy Days’ Programs Scheduled in Ryan and Holy Cross

DairyDaysAMES, Iowa –  Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2016 Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 18 and Feb. 4.

“The ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team conducts this workshop to provide the latest research to Iowa’s dairy producers,” said Jennifer Bentley, ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialist. “Our goal is to help producers make sound herd management decisions that are backed by current and relevant information.”

“This day-long program offers producers an opportunity to hear up-to-date information. They can also talk with our speakers for answers to their specific situations,” said Bentley. Topics covered at 2016 Dairy Days will include:

  • Maximize Economic Returns to Fertilizer Expenses — Brian Lang, extension field agronomist, and/or local agronomist
  • Putting Forages to Work in Your Transition Cow Program — Hugo Ramirez, assistant professor of animal science at Iowa State University
  • Benchmarks for Transition Cows /  Producer Surveys — Jenn Bentley, extension dairy specialist
  • Precision Technology: Update from ISU Dairy -— Leo Timms, Iowa State University Morrill professor and extension dairy specialist
  • Is Organic Dairying a Viable Option? — Larry Tranel, extension dairy specialist
  • Advances in Reproduction Programs — Dr. Ryan Breuer, DVM, extension dairy specialist

2016 Dairy Days registration and locations

Dairy Days registration will start at 9:30 a.m. and the program will conclude by 3:00 p.m. at all seven Iowa locations.

Dates and locations are:
•    Monday, Jan. 18 – Waverly. Civic Center, 200 1st Street NE
•    Tuesday, Jan. 19 – Calmar. Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, Hwy 150 South
•    Wednesday, Jan. 20 – Riceville. Windy Tree Cafe, 101 East Main Street
•    Monday, Feb. 1 – Bloomfield. ISU Extension and Outreach – Davis County Office, 402 E. North Street
•    Tuesday, Feb. 2 – Kalona. Chamber of Commerce, 514 B. Avenue
•    Wednesday, Feb. 3 – Holy Cross. Neumann’s Bar & Grill, 927 Main Street
•    Thursday, Feb. 4 – Ryan. River Valley Coop, 605 Franklin Street

A $15 registration fee covers the noon meal and proceedings costs. Pre-registration is requested by the Friday before each event to reserve a meal. Vouchers for the event may be available at a local agri-service provider or veterinarian’s office.

For more information contact the local county ISU Extension and Outreach office or extension dairy specialists, Jennifer Bentley at 563-382-2949 or Larry Tranel at 563-583-6496.