University of Minnesota Extension will be hosting a three-part Dairy Discussion Series on topics of interest to dairy farmers from noon to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 1-3. The discussions will be interactive and participants are encouraged to share ideas, ask questions and engage in discussions with other farmers and Extension educators. Here are the topics to be discussed.
Monday, Aug. 3 – Feeding in Hot Weather and Dealing with Forage Shortages. The program discusses strategies for feeding livestock in hot weather, ideas for balancing TMRs, adjusting feedstuffs, alternative feeding schedules and how to address forage shortages that will likely be encountered later this year with alternatives to buying hay. Discussion leaders will be Jim Salfer, Isaac Salfer, Stacey Caughey and Dr. Andy Mueller.
Tuesday, Aug. 4 – Beat the Heat: Strategies to Help Keep Cows Cool. The program discusses strategies on how to keep cows cool and comfortable this summer with video footage from a Minnesota farm that focuses on good cooling strategies for its cows. Discussion will include ventilation, fans and sprinkler use on dairy farms. Discussion leaders will be Karen Johnson, Kevin Janni and Jim Salfer.
Wednesday, Aug. 5 – Managing Flies on the Dairy. The program discusses fly biology, life cycles and strategies for managing flies at the dairy. Participants are asked to share tips and tricks for fly management with other dairy farmers. Discussion leaders will be Claire LeCanne, Brad Heims and Jim Salfer.
Pre-registration for the series is required. Register at z.umn.edu/dairydiscussions by noon Friday, July 31. Participants will receive a Zoom link after registration closes. Those unable to attend the live sessions will receive recordings of the discussion series via email. Those with questions are asked to contact Extension Educator Adam Austing at firstname.lastname@example.org.