As I was skimming through an e-newsletter this morning, an article titled 5 Mega Trends for Dairy Farming in 2021...and Beyond caught my eye. I clicked the link and began scrolling through the list and one particular trend stood out. It was listed as number four: The climate debate. The article advised that the dairy business needs to be prepared, but I believe it’s fitting for everyone involved in agriculture. As we begin a new year, I challenge you to set a goal that involves environmental stewardship in some form. From manure handling to feed production, animal care to energy efficiency, there’s lot of ways you can make a difference. We’ve made the same goal here at Iowa’s Dairy Center and we’ll share more information as the year progresses. Stay tuned!
Mariah Busta Coordinator, Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation
What's Happening at Iowa's Dairy Center
Remembering G. Joe Lyon
G. Joe Lyon, 92, of Toledo, passed away Friday, Jan. 22 and will be remembered as an icon in Iowa’s dairy industry and the Jersey breed. Joe, who has been called a “Dairyman’s Dairyman,” was active in many dairy industry organizations including the National Dairy Board, American Jersey Cattle Club and the American Dairy Association of Iowa, just to name a few. The Lyon family is no stranger to Iowa’s Dairy Center as the boardroom located off the Robotic Viewing Area is dedicated to Joe. His wife, Norma “Duffy” Lyon, is honored by a display in the Center’s main lobby and an original cow statue she created is an integral part of teaching lessons to thousands of students through the Iowa’s Dairy Story program. Lyon Character, bred and owned by the Lyon family, is featured in the Hall of Breeds, where Joe is pictured above with his family at the grand opening in 2017. Read more.
Dairy & Ag Foundation Creates Local Economic Effect
According to the Comprehensive Review of Iowa’s Dairy Industry released last month, the annual economic impact of a single dairy cow in Iowa is $25,495 per cow. At the Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation's January board meeting, treasurer Ron Lenth reported that approximately 85% of Foundation’s farm expenses are purchased from Northeast Iowa vendors. Iowa’s Dairy Center is no exception when it comes to supporting local. “Dairy operations, like ours, are a major revenue driver to our community area businesses,” said Ron. “Having successful dairy and livestock farms keep our small rural communities healthy.”
Registration Open for Spring A.I. Class
Mar. 9-11, 2021 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center
This is a three-day hands-on class for those who wish to artificially inseminate their own cattle or gain experience to work for others. The class will cover all aspects of bovine reproduction, from anatomy and hormones to heat detection. Students have actual insemination practice on cattle at Iowa's Dairy Center. The minimum age requirement for this class is 16. The class is taught by Select Sires.
Parlor Talk features bits of news from the Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation and Iowa’s Dairy Center. The monthly column is written by Dave Lawstuen, Agriculture Faculty at NICC and Chair of Iowa’s Dairy Center.
The Dairy Center’s Jersey cow JX Future Found Summary Marsha (5) was named to the National Jersey Production Hall of Fame for recent completed lactation at 4-02 305 days 24,700 lbs. milk, 3,421 lbs. cheese, 1,392 lbs. fat and 988 lbs. protein.
The farm management staff marketed black Angus-Holstein cross steers and heifers this week. The cattle were raised in the NICC Beef Education Center and averaged 1,550 lbs. at 13-14 months.
Naomi Scott, daughter of Mike and Kathleen Scott of Westage, was recently featured in the Dairy Star’s Dairy’s Working Youth column. Mike serves on the Dairy & Ag Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Congratulations to Dr. Larry Moore of Postville Veterinary Clinic on receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Northeast Iowa Holstein Breeders. Larry served as the first vice president of the Northeast Iowa Community-Based Dairy Foundation.
NICC Beef Science alum Jake Koenigs serves on the Dairy & Agriculture Board of Directors representing the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. Jake is a financial officer at St. Ansgar State Bank, farms and also serves on the NICC Beef Science Advisory Committee.
Thanks to Dairy Science alum Lucas Schmitt for hosting NICC Dairy Science students multiple times over the years for on-farm evaluations of his Lely robotic system. The Schmitts will be adding two more robots on their family farm in Hawkeye next week.
Dairy Science alum Matt Henkes and his family’s dairy, Henkeseen Holsteins, ranks near the top 100 herds in the US for Breed Age Adjusted (BAA) for conformation. Matt also serves on the board of directors for the National Milking Shorthorn Association.
Where are they now? Loren Barloon, originally of Decorah, is a manager at Aurora Ridge Dairy. Located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, the dairy farms 9,000 acres and milks 5,000 cows. This dairy also has bred several of the current top GTPI sires of the Holstein breed.
The Dairy Center’s nutritionist Chad Kieffer and his family have a Junior All-American Holstein nomination. Jacobs Doorman Lisy-ET is a Spring Yearling exhibited by his children this summer.
Beef Science Students Achieve 100% Conception Rate with Beef Herd
NICC Beef Science Technology students recorded an impressive 100% conception rate on breeding the beef herd’s ten cows and two heifers as part of their fall beef lab. The students earned their artificial insemination certificate from Select Sires MidAmerica in November and put their skills to the test breeding the herd in early December. All calves are due the first week of September, just in time for the beginning of the fall semester.
NICC Student Selected as Iowa Dairy Ambassador
Megan Kueker, first year student in Ag Education at NICC, has been selected to serve as an Iowa Dairy Ambassador. Throughout the year, Dairy Ambassadors will have the opportunity to connect with consumers and share dairy’s story while networking with their peers and industry professionals. The Dairy Ambassador Program is sponsored by Midwest Dairy.
Agriculture and Animal Sciences Program Preview Scheduled for March
Friday, Mar. 5 |10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center
This program preview day is designed for students interested in programs in Agriculture and Animal Science fields at NICC. Faculty are proud to showcase our College, Iowa's Dairy Center with state of the art necropsy lab and expand your understanding of the programs, career opportunities and earning potential in each career field. The program preview option is similar to a regular visit day with the addition of being customized to provide in-depth information on a specific area of study. Learn more.
Dairy Profile: Melissa Eron
NICC alum Melissa (Klein) Eron and her husband, John, of Stevens Point, Wis. were recently selected as the recipients of the 2020 Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award. The award recognizes farmers and foresters who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private working land. The Erons capture and store runoff water and use it to later irrigate crops. Read more.
Dairy producers and the industry have an opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues during Virtual Dairy Day hosted by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team. Read more.
USDA and dairy farmers work together to mitigate risk for 2021.Read more.
Virtual Boots in the Barn being offered for dairy women.Read more.
Dr. Larry Tranel, ISU Extension Dairy Field Specialist discusses factors that contribute to farm family stress and how families deal with grief. Watch.
Midwest Dairy offers scholarships to students who are from dairy farms or are studying in dairy-related majors.Read more.
Iowa State Dairy Association will be awarding 14 college scholarships of $500 each for the 2021 fall semester. Read more.
Calendar of Events
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Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation Board Meeting Feb. 26 | Noon-2 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center