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DAIRY CALF CARE: Learn the latest recommendations for calf management at the upcoming series of meetings in the I-29 dairy corridor.

I-29 Moo University workshop on calves starts in January

Dairy producers can register for meetings to be held in five locations across the region.

Iowa State University Extension encourages dairy producers to register for the I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop series, “Prosperity of Dairy Calves,” to be held in five locations across the region beginning Jan. 6.

“This workshop series will highlight a number of experts who will focus on topics to help dairy producers achieve successful calf management in 2020,” says Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State University Extension dairy field specialist. Erickson is the program co-chair, along with Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension.

The workshops will be held in partnership with the Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops; Minnesota Midwest Dairy District 3, 4 and 18 meetings; and South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update meetings.  

The five meeting locations are:

  • Perham, Minn., Jan. 6, at The Cactus, 43521 Fort Thunder Road; in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 3 and 4 meetings
  • Brookings, S.D., Jan. 7, at the Swiftel Center, 824 32nd Ave.; in partnership with South Dakota’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update meetings
  • Pipestone, Minn., Jan. 8, at Pipestone Systems, 1801 Forman Drive; in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 18 meeting
  • Orange City, Iowa, Jan. 9, at Sioux County Extension, 400 Central Ave. NW; in partnership with Iowa’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update meetings
  • Wayne, Neb., Jan. 10, at Wayne State College, Student Center Niobrara Room, East 14th Street; in partnership with Nebraska’s Midwest Dairy Checkoff Update meetings

Registration fees are waived due to generous sponsorships; however, preregistration is requested by Jan. 2 to allow for meal counts and materials. To register, visit I-29 Moo University. A registration form can also be requested from Erickson at, or Bentley at

Workshop speakers and agenda

Workshop presenters and agenda will be the same at all locations. Presenters will be:

  • Jennifer Van Os, assistant professor and Extension specialist for animal welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Pat Gorden, associate professor, vet diagnostic and production animal medicine at Iowa State University  
  • Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist at ISU Extension in northeast Iowa 

The day begins at 9:30 a.m., with registration and refreshments. At 10 a.m., Van Os will present “Why Animal Welfare is Essential for the Animal, Producer and the Consumer.”

At 11 a.m., Gorden will present “Incorporation of Pain Mitigation Protocols as part of your Best Management Practices, as you Disbud Calves.” At 1:15 p.m., Van Os will present “Two Heads are Better Than One: Benefits of Pair or Group Rearing of Calves.” And at 2:15 p.m., Bentley will provide a “Resource Update of the Incorporation of Calf Care and Handling SOPs.”

Between each presentation, attendees will participate in a roundtable discussion on the topic presented. Midwest Dairy staff in each state will conduct Midwest Dairy Checkoff updates over the lunch hour.

For the full agenda, visit the I-29 Moo University events webpage.

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