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Webinar to Focus on Options for Empty Dairy Facilities
South Dakota Ag Connection - 03/13/2019

The I-29 Moo University collaborative will host a webinar titled "Renovating Dairy Barns: Giving Them a Second Career" for dairy owners considering alternatives for their dairy facilities after selling their cows. The webinar will be held at noon on March 22.

Presenters will address three topics of concern for producers making the enterprise transition:

- Brian Dougherty, agricultural engineering specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will cover important engineering considerations when planning for the conversion of dairy barns to facilities for other livestock. Advantages and limitations of different designs will be discussed, and examples of dairy barn conversions will be shown.

- Bill Halfman, associate professor and agricultural agent with the University of Wisconsin, will discuss the economics of beef feeding enterprises, how to determine if they are a good fit for an operation and available resources, plus showcase spreadsheet tools and benchmark numbers producers should consider.

- Tina Kohlman, dairy and livestock agent with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, will present on the economics for farms that are no longer milking but are considering raising pre-weaned calves to utilize their facilities and labor for income generation.

After the presentations, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions. In addition, the program will be archived for viewing at a later time.

There is no registration fee for the webinar, but pre-registration can be completed online and is required.

Following registration, a link will be emailed with directions on how to access the webinar. Topical webinars featuring extension professionals are part of the on-going educational programs available through I-29 Moo University.

The I-29 Moo University is a consortium of extension dairy specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Now in its 14th year, the consortium provides resources and education to enhance a sustainable dairy community along the I-29 corridor by focusing on best management practices, utilization of research-based expertise and resources, and ag-vocating the benefits of a vibrant dairy community.

For more information on this and other I-29 Moo University programs contact Fred M. Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

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