Midwest Dairy & Beef Day

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Iowa’s Dairy Center


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation and Northeast Iowa Community College collaborate to offer the annual Midwest Dairy and Beef Day. This year’s event will discuss the foundations of forage management from bunk to cow. Producers will also share their experiences with successful forage management during a panel discussion. Midwest Dairy and Beef Day is open to all beef producers, dairy producers, students and industry persons.


10-10:15 a.m. Registration, Iowa’s Dairy Center Lobby
10:15-11 a.m. Alternative Forages: Yield, Quality and Opportunities in Rations
Matt Atkins, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Learn how alternative forages can fit into your whole-farm system from field to rations and how they can impact performance.

11-11:45 a.m. Benefits of Utilizing Alternative Cropping Rotations
Daniel Olson, Owner, Forage Innovations

Cover crops and alternative forages can fit into your current crop rotation. Learn the benefits of these forages and how they can positively impact performance of your other crops.

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Selecting the Best Forage Storage Operations for Your Farm
Brian Dougherty, Field Agricultural Engineer, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach

Brian will review forage storage alternatives and discuss tools and tips for selecting the best fit for your operation.

12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15-2 p.m. Breakout Sessions: Bunk to Cow

DAIRY: Getting the Most Out of Your Feeding Software
Erin Mosley, Ph.D., Consultant Services, GPS Dairy Consulting

Learn about available software and technology to aid in the evaluation of feed management and inventory to help identify key areas of opportunity for production, reduced shrink and inancial improvement.

BEEF: Feeding Annual Forages to Beef Cows
Garland Dahlke, Research Scientist, Iowa State University and Iowa Beef Center
Denise Schwab, Beef Specialist, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach

Learn how and when alternative and annual forages fit into the beef cow feeding program, and how best to utilize them in rations.

2-3 p.m. Producer Panel Area producers will share information and answer questions about their successful forage management programs.

This program is generously supported by local businesses and is free of charge for participants. Please register by Nov. 15 to reserve your seat and so we may plan accordingly for the provided lunch.

Register Here