Dodge County Extension will be offering three Dairy Talk Tuesday programs across Dodge County discussing a variety of dairy production practices. Programs are Tuesday, January 8; February 12; and March 12; from 1 pm – 3 pm for this free event.
UW-Extension Dairy and Livestock Educator, Amanda Young, along with local and state industry specialists will be leading dairy production focused conversations.
January 8: 1-3 pm at the Cooper Shop Saloon (30 Main St. Village of Kekoskee).
- Join us at noon and enjoy a social hour with lunch available on your own prior to the meeting.
- Calf Health with Dr. Joshua Steinbart, DVM of Mayville Animal Clinic. High mortality of replacement animals, impaired growth of calves, decreased milk production of chronically afflicted calves, increased risks of infectious disease transmission throughout the herd, and increased veterinary costs will not add up to generating profits. Dr. Josh will discuss ways to help keep your calves healthy so they may be productive members of your herd.
- Farm Stress – Recognizing, Understanding, and Managing with Amanda Young. Research has shown that people on dairy and dairy- mixed operations experience more stress than others. Being aware of triggers and managing potential safety hazards can help make your work place safer for everyone.
February 12: 1-3 pm at the Lowell Community Memorial VFW (280 South St., Lowell).
- Milk and cookies sponsored by the Dodge County chapter of the WI Farm Bureau.
- Farm Revenue Protection and Dairy Market Outlook with Mark Stephenson: Director of the Center for Dairy Profitability. A comprehensive overview of the Dairy Revenue Protection program and updates to the FSA Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP), as another tool for dairy farmers when milk prices are low. Important changes to the MPP have been introduced in the Farm Bill that may make this program worth a second look.
March 12: 1-3 pm at Koneck Family Farm (9726 Hazelnut Rd, Burnett)
- Held inside, please bring your own chair.
- In & Outs of Dairy Cow Behavioral Well-being with Jennifer Van Os, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist in Animal Welfare. Consumers often expect cows to be outside on pasture, and what the research says is actually important for cows from a welfare perspective. This will segue into the implications of exposure to environmental extremes (mud, heat), benefits of barns vs. pasture, and how to manage heat stress both indoors and outdoors.
- Transport 101 with Amanda Young. Discussion on if your trailer fit your cattle, if your truck and trailer are ready to transport, and weather conditions to account for when moving animals. .