Please hold November 19 for a small dairy and beef feedlot tour. ISU Extension & Outreach and the Delaware County SWCD, with partnership assistance from USDA-NRCS, are hosting a tour at the Paul Overman beef feedlot and the Wayne and Wade Brunsman dairy farms north of Dyersville, Iowa. The tour will look at practices and management techniques to help small dairies and beef feedlots address potential water quality impacts of runoff from outside open lot areas. The farms feature clean water diversion from buildings and fields, covered and open manure storage, and feeding under roof. The event will also feature a manure spreader calibration exercise to help fine-tune application rates of nutrients used for crop production.
The tour will start at 10 a.m. at the Overman feedlot, will move to the Wade Brunsman dairy and then on to lunch provided at the Wayne Brunsman farm. After lunch the tour will conclude with a brief overview of the hoop barn facilities and manure handling and the manure spreader calibration exercise. For more information about this field day please call Angie Rieck-Hinz at Iowa State University 515-294-9590. This event will be held regardless of weather conditions so please come dressed appropriately. To respect biosecurity protocols, please wear clean street shoes and not barn or chore footwear. Plastic boots will be provided.
The Overman feedlot is located at 3327 163rd Street, New Vienna. From Dyersville, take highway 136 (exit #294 on highway 20) five miles north to New Vienna, then turn west on Main Street and follow West Main (Petersburg Road, which becomes 163rd Street) west two miles to the Overman farm. The Brunsman farms are located one quarter mile west and one mile north. Watch for signs.
This effort is part of the Water Quality Initiatives for Small Beef and Dairy Feedlot Operations. Additional details will be shared on the Small Feedlot Web page at http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/smallfeedlotsdairy.html.
Mark your calendars for the 2013 ISDA policy drafting meeting! Attendees will review current policy and proposed resolutions, as well as draft new resolutions. This is an important meeting for ISDA members to share opinions and review ISDA policy. The 2014 legislative session starts in early January and it is essential for Iowa’s dairy industry to come together to draft resolutions that will drive the association’s initiatives in the year to come.
The meeting dates and locations are as follows:
* Wednesday, October 30 at The Dairy Center. 1527 Hwy. 150; South, Calmar, IA Meeting canceled due to low reservations. Please plan to attend policy meeting in Ames on November 13 instead.
* Wednesday, November 13 at the ISU dairy farm classroom, 52470 260th St., Ames
All meetings are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch will be provided. All current ISDA members are invited to attend. If you are not currently an ISDA member but would like to have a say in policy that affects Iowa’s dairy farmers, new memberships will be accepted at the door.
After the Policy Drafting Meetings, proposed resolutions will be sent to ISDA Annual Meeting Delegates for review. Final voting on resolutions will take place at ISDA’s annual meeting on January 3.
In order to get an accurate count for lunch and meeting handouts, please RSVP to Jessica Bloomberg by calling 515-971-3620 or email email@example.com.
ISDA members unable to attend the Policy Drafting Meetings are welcome to submit resolutions and suggestions in writing. All comments must be received by Friday, November 8. You may review current ISDA policy by visiting the ISDA website www.iowadairy.org and clicking on the link to the 2013 ISDA Policy.
On Wednesday, June 19, Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation acknowledging June as Iowa’s Dairy Month. This event was originally scheduled for June 3 but the Governor asked that we postpone it so he could tend to flooding issues across the state. Due to the postponement we were not able to hold the ice cream social after the proclamation signing as originally planned. We intend to hold a public proclamation signing and ice cream social next year for June Dairy Month.
June Dairy Month proclamation language