Dairy Transition Cow Field Days Coming in March

Extension field days offer ways to improve transition cow program

AMES, Iowa – Dairy producers in northeast Iowa will learn how to improve and manage their transition cow program at the 2016 Transition Cow Field Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven Iowa locations in March.

dairy cows“While transition cow management encompasses only 20 to 30 percent of the herd, it can ultimately influence the milk production and health of the entire herd,” said Jennifer Bentley, ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialist.

Larry Tranel, ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialist, added “We want to inform producers on how to achieve better milk quality, how to improve calving and provide best management practices for record keeping.”

Transition Cow Field Days will be offered at seven Iowa locations:  

  • Wednesday, March 23 - LeMars, 10 a.m. to noon; hosted by Plymouth Dairy, 23505 K-49
  • Thursday, March 24 - Cascade, 10 a.m. to noon; hosted by producer, Marv Lynch, 24764 Highway 151
  • Thursday, March 24 - Dyersville, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; hosted by producer, Tom Pasker, 1415 330th Ave.
  • Tuesday, March 29 - Fort Atkinson, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; hosted by Einck Dairy, 1140 227th Ave.
  • Wednesday, March 30 - Stacyville, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; hosted by Brumm Dairy, 2370 465th St.
  • Thursday, March 31 - Dundee, 10 a.m. to noon; hosted by producer, Chad Demmer, 1419 140th St.
  • Thursday, March 31 - Elkader, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; hosted by producer, Dennis Bergan, 16618 290th St.

The two-hour workshops are free of charge and do not require preregistration. For more information contact an ISU Extension and Outreach county office or an area dairy specialist.