Dairy cattle building

The Moo University collaborative will host a webinar for dairy producers considering options for their facilities if they sell their cows.

There is no registration fee for the webinar to take place at noon March 22 but pre-registration is required online at https://bit.ly/2STw6gi.

Presenters will address three topics of concern for making the enterprise transition, according to an Iowa State University Extension news release. Brian Dougherty, Extension ag engineering specialist, will cover important engineering considerations when planning for the conversion of dairy barns to housing for other livestock.

Advantages and limitations of different designs will be discussed, and examples of dairy barn conversions will be shown.

Bill Halfman, University of Wisconsn Extension, will discuss the economics of beef feeding enterprises to determine if they are a good fit for their operation and resources, plus showcase spreadsheet tools and some benchmark numbers producers should consider.

Tina Kohlman, 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.

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. For more information on “Renovation Dairy Barns: Giving Them a Second Career,” or other I-29 Moo University programs, contact your state Extension dairy specialist.