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“Moo University” Winter Workshop Offered For Dairy Producers

Orange City, Iowa — If you are a dairy producer, there’s a workshop coming up that is supposed to help you “find success.”

It’s being called the I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series, Barn Benchmarks for Success. And it will be held January 17th at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Orange City.

Those in charge tell us the workshop will feature several notable experts who will focus on topics “to help dairy producers make decisions and find success in a variety of areas.”

Kevin Janni is a professor and Extension engineer in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He works closely with both the Dairy and Poultry Extension teams, and has written extensively on ventilation, air quality, heat stress, odors, biofilters and biosecurity associated with animal agriculture.

Kim Clark is a Dairy Extension Educator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She joined Extension in 2015 and began the dairy extension program in Nebraska. Kim works closely with dairy producers across Nebraska. Her focus will be on calf health and nutrition and animal welfare. Kim is a Dairy FARM evaluator and PAACO Dairy Stewardship certified.

Jim Salfer is a Regional Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension. He has been involved in on-farm research projects studying robotic milking systems and automatic calf feeders. The focus of his education program has been to help farmers and other industry professionals understand the major factors driving dairy farm profitability.

Workshop registration and refreshments will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the program beginning promptly at 10:00 a.m. and wrapping up by 2:30 p.m.

There will be no registration fee due to generous sponsorships; however, pre-registration is requested by January 10th to allow for adequate meals and materials to be prepared. To register, visit https://i-29winterworkshop.eventbrite.com/.

If producers are unable to make the in-person workshop on Jan. 17, they are invited to participate in the virtual workshop on Jan. 18. To register for that, visit https://tinyurl.com/I-29WinterWorkshop.

For more information, contact Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

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