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Hi, MariahBusta!

The holiday season is truly one of the most magical times of the year. To add to the magic, we’re excited to once again host Drive-Thru Santa on the Farm at Iowa’s Dairy Center. The event will be held next Friday evening and is the perfect way to immerse dairy into the joy the holidays bring to visitors. All are welcome to see the lights, the cows and of course, Santa Claus! You can find more information on our Facebook event.

See you there!

Mariah Busta
Coordinator, Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation


What's Happening at Iowa's Dairy Center

Thankful for our Farm Staff

This holiday season, we’re extra thankful for our farm staff who help us fulfil our mission every single day. The Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation’s farm management team consists of Brodie Bushman, Gary Lien and Jon Meyer, in addition to many part-time employees (pictured above) who help keep things on the farm running smoothly. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to the farm, especially during this time of year.

Drive-Thru Santa on the Farm is Next Friday

Dec. 10 | 5-7 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be coming to town, or should we say to the farm! Iowa’s Dairy Center will be hosting a Drive-Thru Santa on the Farm event where attendees will be able to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus from their vehicles. The drive-thru route will loop through farm’s freestall barn to see a close-up view of the milking cows visitors will enjoy milk and cookies served right to their vehicles. Learn more.

Host Your Next Meeting at Iowa’s Dairy Center

Iowa’s Dairy Center welcomes the use of our facilities for students, community organizations and businesses. Equipped to be your location of choice as an event, business meeting and learning facility, the Dairy Center features state-of-the-art technology, boardrooms and classrooms with every modern convenience to make your event a success. A single point of contact is provided to plan your event, from scheduling to catering needs, customized education experiences and more. Learn more.


Parlor Talk

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, NICC Agriculture Instructor and Chair of Iowa’s Dairy Center. 

  • The Holstein herd at Iowa’s Dairy Center was recognized by Holstein Association USA as a Progressive Genetics Award winner for the 10th year.
  • The combination of Holstein and Jerseys on the robots are averaging 80 lbs. with a 4.6% butterfat, 3.25% protein, 120,000 SCC and 10.2 MUN.
  • Thank you to Dave Wise of Foresight Farms of Decorah for hosting the NICC Dairy Science students for a tour of their 1,100-cow dairy.
  • Pat Boe, DVM of South Winn Vet Clinic helped out with recent labs where students evaluated colostrum quality, blood serum levels and milk components of the pasteurized milk.
  • The Applied Animal Selection class visited Snell Club Lambs of Decorah to evaluate both breeding ewes and replacement beefs heifers. The farm has bred numerous champions at state fairs around the country.
  • Earlier this month, Tiffany Bagby from Feed Supervisor presented a herd nutritional analysis for both dairy and beef herds to students and farm management staff.
  • NICC Dairy Science alum Adam Whiteaker was recently featured in the Dairy Star, profiling his determination to dairy farm.
  • Where are they now? Kendall Claeys is a manager at Belgian Acres, a 1,250-acre farm raising 230 cow/calf pairs and 750 head beef finishing unit near Delmar.


NICC News

Dairy Judging Team Places 7th at NAILE

The NICC Dairy Judging Team competed at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. The team consisting of first-year Dairy Science students Maya Bossom of Waukon, Alexa Houser of Riceville, Brady Loken of Amherst, Wis. and Kayleigh White of Luana placed 7th as a team in the contest. Maya was the 7th place individual overall while Kayleigh placed 16th. The team was coached by Blake Courtney.

Three New Members Join NICC Board of Trustees

Two new Northeast Iowa Community College Trustees were elected by voters this month, Kent Nelson of District 4 and Gary McAndrew of District 6. The Board appointed John Finley to fill the District 5 vacancy at its Nov. 15 meeting. Read more.

Mark Your Calendars for Agriculture and Animal Sciences Program Preview

Friday, Feb. 25 | 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: Nick Bohr

Nick Bohr of Ridgeway was recently featured with his family in the Dairy Star highlighting his farm’s sand recycling system. He began milking 40 cows with his father, Dennis, in 2008 and has since grown the farm, known as Full Bohr Dairy, to 720 cows. Nick is an NICC Dairy Science alum and member of the Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation’s farm operations committee. Read more.  


Industry News

Iowa’s dairy industry faces challenges from supply chain disruptions. Read more.

Midwest Dairy is accepting applications for the Dairy Ambassador Program, an educational and leadership opportunity for those who are passionate about dairy. Learn more.

The Iowa State Dairy Association (ISDA) will hold its Annual Meeting on Dec. 2 at the Quality Inn & Suites in Ames. Learn more.

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team is co-hosting a dairy goat management meeting on Friday, Dec. 10 at the Twin County Produce Auction Building in Kalona. Learn more.


Calendar of Events

Visit our website to see all upcoming events and continuing education courses.

Drive-Thru Santa on the Farm
Dec. 10 | 5-7 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation Board Meeting
Dec. 17 | 12 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center

Agriculture and Animal Science Program Preview
Feb. 25 | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

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