Sept. 20 2017 02:29 PM

Fall Tour: Iowa and South Dakota Dairymen Invite Other Producers To See How They Do It

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Dairy producers along the I-29 region including Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are invited to attend the “Implementing Technology for Farm and Family Success” tour of South Dakota and Iowa dairies on Monday, November 13. The tour is sponsored by the 1-29 Moo University. The bus will leave the Denny Sanford Premier Center complex in Sioux Falls at 9 a.m. and arrive back at 6:45 p.m.

"These three dairies all have unique ways of implementing technology to insure the success of their farms and provide for the livelihoods of their families," said Fred M. Hall, ISU Extension dairy field specialist. It will be a great opportunity to see robotic milkers, on-farm processing and top-flight employee management plus be able to ask “nuts and bolts” questions.

This year a “Dutch-treat” social at Remedy Brewing Company in downtown Sioux Falls will be available after the group returns to Sioux Falls. Remedy Brewing Company proudly supports Stensland Family Farms by offering their delicious ice cream to complement their Remedy cookies! The bus will return to the Denny Sanford Premier Center at 9:30 p.m.

Registration is due by Wednesday, November 1. The cost is $75 per person or $40 for students and media, which will cover transportation, lunch and refreshments. Registration is available at:

The tour will visit three dairy farms.

Cottonwood Ridge Dairy, Garretson, SD; The Nussbaum’s multi-generational robotic dairy

South Dakota’s first robotic dairy. More information on their dairy can be found at:

Multi-Rose Jersey Farm, Rock Rapids, IA; The Metzger’s multi-generational family dairy

Registered Jerseys and top-flight employees. More information on their dairy can be found at:

Stensland Family Farms, Larchwood, IA; Three generations of Stensland family

Robots plus award-winning ice cream. More information on their dairy can be found at:

If you are planning to attend the Central Plains Dairy Women’s Business Conference on November 14-15 ( consider enhancing your experience by touring the dairies before the conference. Also, check out the I-29 Moo University panel discussion, “Technology that saved us time and improved our profits”, featuring Merri Post, Kathy Verhoek, and Stephanie Tighe at the conference.

For more information, state contacts are:

Iowa- Fred M. Hall: 712.737.4230 or

Nebraska– Kim Clark: 402.472.6065 or

S.Dakota– Heidi Carroll: 605.688.6623 or

Minnesota– Jim Salfer: 320.203.6093 or