I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course, Tours Set
March 1, 2016
Those attending the 2016 I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course and Tours will get a firsthand look at a dairy beef feedlot with a hoop barn and learn about dairy feedlot permitting and animal-handling issues.
The program will be held Tuesday, March 29, before the Central Plains Dairy Expo welcome reception and concert in Sioux Falls, S.D. It will include two bus tour stops and two panel discussions.
"If you are thinking about starting a dairy beef feedlot, this program will give you the information you need," says J.W. Schroeder, associate professor emeritus and dairy specialist for the North Dakota State University Extension Service, one of the sponsors of short course and tours.
The bus will leave from the south side of the Denny Sanford Premier Center (formerly the Convention Center-Arena) at 1201 West Ave., Sioux Falls, at about 8:40 a.m.
The first stop will be at the Tom and Katy VanderWal dairy beef feedlot near Brookings, S.D. Participants will visit the hoop barn and outdoor feedlot and learn about building, permitting, neighbor relations and manure handling as the VanderWals describe their experiences with expanding their dairy beef operation.
The bus will return to the Denny Sanford Premier Center for lunch and a panel discussion on the permitting and public relations involved in building a dairy feedlot. Panel members are Tom VanderWal; Brain Waddingham, executive director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers (CSIF); Andy Schloting of Nutrient Advisors, which is based in West Point, Neb.; and Gene Tinker, animal feeding operations coordinator at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
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Next, the bus will travel to Sioux Falls Regional Livestock, Worthing, S.D., where manager Brad Klostergaard will discuss the buyer perspective on dairy beef animals. The tour will be followed by a panel discussion on managing dairy operations to meet consumer demands. The discussion will focus on lameness and handling in the dairy beef industry and how to defend the use of implants and beta-agonists in dairy beef production.
Panelists for this discussion are Russ Daly, Extension veterinarian at South Dakota State University, and Nicole Kenney Rambo, University of Minnesota Extension feedlot educator.
The bus will return to the Denny Sanford Premier Center at about 3:30 p.m.
Registration for the short course and tours is $25 per person and includes transportation and lunch. Registration is due by March 25. To register, visit http://igrow.org/events or call (605) 882-5140.