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Series set for new, early career dairy farmers

By Staff | Oct 24, 2016

ORANGE CITY – The Iowa State University Extension dairy team will conduct a series of workshops starting Nov. 17 in the Campus Center Board Room at Dordt College in Sioux Center.

The series, Dairy Start to Farm, is for beginning and early-career dairy farmers looking for an edge in managing and growing their dairy business.

“Our goal is to provide an open atmosphere for discussion, sharing of ideas and learning about resources for producers who are in their first 10 to 12 years of dairy farming,” said Jennifer Bentley, an ISU Extension dairy specialist. “It is important to help producers make sound dairy farm management decisions that are backed by current and relevant information.”

Start to Farm will be offered at four locations across Iowa with the same topics presented at each site. As noted above, the Northwest Iowa location is the Campus Center Board Room at Dordt College.

Programs will start at noon and conclude by 2 p.m. The workshops include:

  • Nov. 17: How to get started.
  • Dec. 1: Cost-effective facilities.
  • Dec. 8: Feeding the herd.
  • Dec. 15: Crop nutrient management.
  • Jan. 12: The people side of dairy.
  • Jan. 26: Raising calves and heifers.
  • Feb. 16: Herd health and records.
  • March 1 and 2: Dairy tours (to be determined).

Registration is requested, but there is no participation fee.

To register, contact the Sioux County Extension office at (712) 737-4230.

Detailed information about Dairy Start to Farm may be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/dairyteam/content/start-farm-series-new-and-early-career-dairy-farmers.

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