Midwest Dairy & Beef Day

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

Iowa's Dairy Center


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, and Northeast Iowa Community College collaborate to offer the annual Midwest Dairy and Beef Day. This year’s event will discuss opportunities and challenges to adding value to dairy calves and dairy beef cross calves. Producers will also share their experiences from feeding to breeding during a panel discussion. Midwest Dairy Day is open to all beef producers, dairy producers, students, and industry persons.

This program is generously supported by local businesses and is free of charge for participants. Please register by December 5 to reserve your seat. Please call NICC 800-728-2256 Ext. 399 to register now.


10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Sign In
Iowa’s Dairy Center Lobby
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Realizing the Value of Holstein Steers
Performance and cost of production of Holstein steers have become consistently predictable. The consistency of Holstein progeny sired by beef breed bulls remains to be determined.
Dan Shaefer, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Animal Science Professor
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Breeding Objectives to Add Value to Bull Calves
Not all black bulls are created equal. Understand the beef bull selection data and find appropriate bulls for crossing on dairy cows.
Denise Schwab, Iowa State University Extension, Beef Specialist
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Elements of Developing an Implant Strategy
Growth promotant implants are important tools for efficient production of dairy beef steers. With long feeding periods the development of an implant strategy can be a daunting task. Dan Loy will break down the elements of developing an implant strategy.
Dan Loy, Ph.D. Iowa State University, Director of Iowa Beef Center & Extension Beef Specialist
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 2:00 p.m. Genomics: A Practical Teaching Tool
Iowa’s Dairy Center utilizes genomic testing to determine which mothers of the next generation and which will be the next dairy steers.
Dave Lawstuen, Chair, Iowa’s Dairy Center, NICC Agriculture Faculty
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Producer Panel
Area producers will share information and answer questions about their successful dairy beef operations



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