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Dairy goat management program to be held in December

KALONA – The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team will host a dairy goat management meeting on Friday, Dec. 10, at the Kalona Chamber.

The program will focus on dairy goat housing and ventilation, milking equipment maintenance and milk quality to improve overall milk efficiency on the farm. All dairy goat producers are welcome.

“Paying attention to milk quality can pay big dividends for increasing milk production and overall health,” said Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “The high level of interest by producers in improving production and quality prompted this program.”

Tranel explained that the Iowa State dairy team just completed a statewide survey of producers to determine what the dairies look like and what their interest in programing is.

The agenda will include:

• Dairy goat housing and ventilation.

• Low-cost milking systems.

• Maintaining milking equipment.

• Virtual producer tour.

• A focus on milk quality with the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Iowa State ag engineers will deliver practical applications for dairy goat housing and ventilation,” Tranel said. “We are also fortunate to have the Iowa State Veterinary College staff focusing on dairy goat milk quality and will bring their knowledge and experience to the program.”

Both meetings will feature similar programs from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., so dairy goat producers can simply select the date and location that works best for them. Registration will open at 9:30 a.m. prior to each meeting.

There is a $5 per person registration fee (under age 16 free), which includes lunch, materials and all presentations.

To register, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Dubuque County office at 563-583-6496 or tranel@iastate.edu. Register by Tuesday, Dec. 7.