Dairy Field Days to Spotlight Forage Management and Crossbreeding
Two progressive dairy operations will open their farms for educational toursThis item has been supplied by a forage marketer and has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hay & Forage Grower.
The I-29 Moo University will host two on-farm dairy field days in November. Topics will include managing forages and silage, crossbreeding, housing and parlor setup.
The field days are free to attend. Each will start at 12:30 p.m. and conclude around 3:30 p.m.
Summit Dairy, Nov. 13. Location: 5564 390th St., Primghar, Iowa.
Hugo Ramirez, assistant professor and extension dairy specialist at Iowa State University, will discuss feeding this year’s silage, feeding issues he is seeing, and pile management.
Tri Cross Dairy, Nov. 20. Location: 45144 289th St., Viborg, S.D.
The tour guides will share their experiences using crossbreeding within dairy to create a durable and productive cow herd. Amy Hazel, researcher with the University of Minnesota, will discuss reasons that interest in crossbreeding in dairy cattle is growing globally, explain the basics of rotational crossbreeding for dairy cattle, and present the detailed results of a 10-year study in high-performance Minnesota dairy herds where ProCROSS cows were found to be more profitable than their Holstein herd mates.
Register for one or both field days at https://z.umn.edu/I29Moo. Light refreshments and South Dakota State University ice cream will be served.
For more information, contact Jim Salfer at firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-360-4506, Fred Hall email@example.com, 712-737-4230, or Tracey Erickson at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu, 605-882-5140.
The field days are hosted by I-29 Moo University, a collaboration of South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, North Dakota State, and University of Nebraska Extension Services; Iowa State Dairy Association; South Dakota Dairy Producers Association; Nebraska State Dairy Association and the MN Milk Producers Association.