Dairy producers learned about hoop barn construction and permitting during the 2016 Dairy Beef Short Course and Tour at the Central Plains Dairy Expo

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BROOKINGS, S.D. – The I-29 Moo University – Dairy Beef Short Course & Tour held this spring during this year’s Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. More than 70 dairy beef producers, students, agriculture industry personnel, extension staff and media from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota were in attendance.

“Participants of this short course program enjoyed the networking opportunities, learning how to work through the permitting process and the chance to see a dairy beef operation with new hoop barn construction,” said Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist.

Producers toured a dairy beef operation, participated in two panel discussions and visited a livestock auction market to learn more about marketing dairy beef.

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Tom and Katy VanderWal hosted the tour of their Dairy Beef operation near Brookings. The VanderWal’s raise and finish out dairy steers in their newly constructed hoop barn.

“The VanderWal’s talked about the efforts it took to construct this facility as well as permitting, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulations, manure handling, animal husbandry and the dairy beef market from a producer’s prospective,” Erickson said.

Following lunch, a panel discussion focused on answering questions pertaining to cattle facility permitting regulations, manure handling facility design, building public relations, and the importance of establishing a good rapport with the community.

Panelists included; Tom VanderWal; Brian Waddingham, Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmer’s; Andy Scholting, Nutrient Advisors, LLC and Gene Tinker, Iowa Coordinator of Animal Feeding Operations from the Iowa DNR.

“The panel discussion provided valuable insight for the remainder of the short course,” Erickson said.

The final tour was held at the Sioux Falls Regional Livestock Center in Worthing. Following a tour of the facility and a second discussion ensued on marketing dairy beef, two presentations were given by Dr. Nicole Kenney from the University of Minnesota Extension and Russ Daly, DVM, Professor, SDSU Extension Veterinarian, State Public Health Veterinarian.

Kenney discussed implants and beta-agonists in the dairy beef industry and how producers should share their story and educate consumers on the practices of raising healthy and safe quality beef.

Daly’s talk focused on the importance of animal handling in the dairy beef industry and how to prevent lameness and treat foot problems as they develop.

This event was sponsored by Deluxe Animal Health, Zoetis, Ag United, Quality Liquid Feeds, National Livestock Marketing Association, South Dakota Beef Industry Council and Elanco Animal Health.

For upcoming events offered by the I-29 Moo University please visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/I29MooUniversity/ ) or contact Erickson at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu.