I-29 Moo University dairy tour focuses on key animal care protocols

SDSU Extension
Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — During the Treat Me Right Implementing Best Management Practices Summer Tour, held Aug. 3, the I-29 Moo University will be highlighting best management practices on two South Dakota dairy farms, Boadwine Farms, Baltic, and Crosswind Jerseys, Elkton.

During the tour there will be discussions of farm biosecurity practices and table top demonstrations of humane euthanasia techniques. To ensure animal health and welfare, along with employee safety, there will also be discussions covering low-stress cow handling, newborn calf care and handling non-ambulatory animals or animals which are temporarily unable to walk.

“If your farm has been talking about getting protocols written, but hasn’t gotten around to it, join us to learn how to write and implement various protocols in a hands-on environment,” said Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension livestock stewardship field specialist.

Carroll added that this tour provides an opportunity for annual employee training as it meets the National Dairy FARM program criteria. She encourages dairy producers to sign up their employees and/or managers to attend the educational tour.

The tour is sponsored by I-29 Moo University, which is a collaboration of South Dakota State University, SDSU Extension, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, North Dakota State and University of Nebraska Extension; Iowa State Dairy Association; South Dakota Dairy Producers Association; Nebraska State Dairy Association; and Minnesota Milk Producers Association.

Boadwine Farms

Boadwine Farms is a fourth-generation, family farm homesteaded in 1874. It is now owned by Lynn and Trish Boadwine.

Boadwine Farms milks around 2,100 Holstein cows three times a day in a double 30 parallel parlor. The cows produce approximately 20,000 gallons of milk per day.

The Boadwines also farm 2,500 acres, raising primarily corn and alfalfa.

The dairy also raises their own calves and heifers.

The farm employs a team of 40 to care for the cows, calves and land. The farm has undergone several barn and feed storage expansions over the years.

The tour of Boadwine Farms will provide insight into farm biosecurity planning, discuss and demonstrate humane euthanasia techniques and showcase calf care management.

Crosswind Jerseys

Crosswind Jerseys is a family farm established in 2003 by Ernst and Ursula Temperli along with their son, Stefan. The family has operated dairies in Switzerland and Canada before moving to South Dakota.

Today, the farm also includes Stefan’s brother, Martin, who manages the heifer calves at the feedlot. The family milks around 1,300 Jersey cows three times a day in a double 20 parallel parlor and have a rolling herd average of 20,000 pounds of milk.

The farm employs a team of about 15 to care for cows and calves.

Crosswind Jerseys focuses on excellent cow comfort and animal husbandry, which they say can only be accomplished through a team effort.

Their goal is to excel in production through forage quality, longevity, and genetics.

The tour of Crosswind Jerseys will discuss low-stress loading of cows in the parlor, handling non-ambulatory animals, maternity pen management, and calf care with comfort and pain management at the forefront.

Registration information

Register at iGrow.org/events for this tour, by July 27, 2018. To cover expenses, registration is $25. Groups of three or more, from the same operation, will receive a 30 percent discount.

The bus will depart near Baltic, South Dakota fight off Interstate 29 Exit 94. Loading and registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Friendly’s Fuel Stop (47159 Hwy 114, Baltic SD, I29 Exit 94). Plan to arrive a few minutes early as the bus will depart for the first farm tour at 9:45 a.m. The bus will return to Friendly’s Fuel Stop at 4:15 p.m.

All tour attendees are expected to respect farm biosecurity by riding the bus to limit vehicle traffic at the farms. If this pick-up location does not work for you or you would like to car pool, please contact: Jim Salfer, Minnesota contact, at salfe001@umn.edu or 612-360-4506 or Fred Hall, contact for Iowa or Nebraska, at fredhall@iastate.edu, or 712-737-4230.

The following sponsors helped cover expenses of the tour: Gold Level: Automated Dairy Specialists, LLC; Novita Nutrition and Agropur, Inc. Silver Level: Phibro; SoyBest: Multimin; Arm & Hammer; Central Plains Dairy Foundation; AgriKing and Cottonseed, LLC. Bronze Level: Calf Star; Franken Custom Cutting; Ag Processing, Inc.; Gorters Clay & Dairy Equipment of MN, Inc.; Alforex Seeds; Automated Waste Systems, LLC; Kroese & Kroese, PC; Dakota Gold/Poet; American Agco Trading Company; Stray Voltage Consulting; Western Iowa Dairy Alliance; Advanced Comfort Technology; ProAg Enginering and Zinpro.

For general questions and more information, contact Heidi Carroll at Heidi.carroll@sdstate.edu or 605-688-6623.