Dairy producers and supporters invited to attend 2017 Moo University Winter Workshop Series

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The progressive series workshops called “Hot Topics for Cold Days” begins in Jamestown, North Dakota Jan. 16; Watertown, South Dakota Jan. 17; Pipestone, Minnesota Jan. 18; Orange City, Iowa Jan. 19 and wraps up in Norfolk, Nebraska Jan. 20.

“The workshop will focus on a variety of hot industry topics including technology utilization on the dairy, followed by a marketing and management emphasis; it will wrap-up with a session on succession planning. We really encourage dairy producers to attend because the information provided at the workshops will enable them as they work to enhance their dairy’s performance and long range business planning,” said Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist.

All workshops will contain the same information and run from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. with registration starting at 9 a.m. The workshop cost is $50 per person, $20 for College/Technical School students before January 6. After that date it will increase to $65/person and $25/student. A $50 discount is available for South Dakota Dairy Producer’s members, Nebraska State Dairy Association members, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance members. For location information, to register on-line or download the brochure, visit iGrow.org/events.

The workshop is sponsored by the I-29 Moo University collaborators consisting of South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, and University of Nebraska Extension Services; Iowa State Dairy Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers Association, Nebraska State Dairy Association, North Dakota Milk Producers Association, MN Milk Producers Association and the Minnesota Dairy Initiative.

Workshop topics Include:

• Finances and returns for robotic dairies; Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota

• Technology in Activity Monitors; Leo Timms, Iowa State University

• Understanding Food Marketing: An Industry Perspective; Betty Berning, University of Minnesota and Kim Clark, University of Nebraska

• Effective Communication when Working with Employees on Dairies; Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist

• Succession Planning; Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist

To learn more, visit iGrow.org/events.