Dec. 17 2021 04:31 PM

ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County to host annual event focused on herd management strategies

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Northwest Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues on Feb. 8 at Dairy Day, an event hosted in Northwest Iowa at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

During the program, producers will explore methods of euthanasia, composting mortalities, farm personalities, transition cow nutrition, milk marketing, industry updates, and more.

“We are excited to bring back our annual Dairy Days program in person this year,” said Fred Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach in Northwest Iowa. “This program gives producers a chance to learn about a variety of topics and be able to network with other producers and industry representatives.”

Presenters will include:

  • Jan Shearer, extension veterinarian at Iowa State, “Methods of Euthanasia and their Effects on Carcass Disposal”
  • Brian Dougherty and Kris Kohl, ag engineers with ISU Extension and Outreach, “Composting Mortalities”
  • Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, “How Personalities Affect Your Farm and Family”
  • Gail Carpenter, assistant teaching professor in dairy production at Iowa State, “Care and Feeding of the Transition Cow”

Lunch will be at noon, followed by Lightning Talks presented by dairy specialists Fred Hall, Jennifer Bentley and Gail Carpenter, on the topics of milk marketing, the Iowa Dairy Survey and Milker Training Resources.

A $15 registration fee covers the noon meal and cost of resource materials. Pre-registration is requested by Friday, Feb. 4 to reserve a meal. Register online at or call 712-737-4230.

Vouchers for the event may be available through your local agri-service providers or veterinarians. For more information on vouchers or the event, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office at 712-737-4230.

Dairy Days will also be offered Jan. 25 in Elma, Jan. 26 in Calmar, Jan. 27 in New Vienna, and Feb. 1 in Kalona.