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I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course to Focus on Animal Health and Carcass Traits

Originally released January 21, 2020.

BROOKINGS, S.D. - The I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 as part of the pre-educational events for the Central Plains Dairy Expo. The short course will be held in the Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD, in rooms 8, 9, & 10. This year’s program will focus on dairy beef carcasses at the farm, processor and consumer end, along with targeting health considerations for maximum performance.

The Dairy Beef Short Course, hosted by I-29 Moo University, is a collaboration of South Dakota State University, the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, North Dakota State, and University of Nebraska Extension Services, Iowa State Dairy Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers Association, Nebraska Dairy Association and Minnesota Milk Producers Association.


  • 9:30 AM CST - Registration 
  • 10:00 - Finishing Dairy Cattle for Beef: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Dr. Ty Lawrence, Professor of Animal Science, West Texas A&M University
  • 11:15 - Panel Discussion – Being Conscious of Packer Programs That Fit Dairy and Dairy Beef Carcasses
    Bill Munns – Marketing & Product Management, JBS Beef, The Commercial Science Behind Purebred Holstein Beef
    Kevin Hueser – Senior Vice President Beef Margin Management, Tyson Fresh Meats, Dairy Cross Opportunities in the Plant
  • 12:30 PM CST - Lunch & Sponsors
  • 1:30 - Health Considerations for Dairy Beef Cattle During the Feeding Period, Russ Daly, DVM, SDSU Extension Veterinarian
  • 2:00 - Feedlot Cattle Lameness and Economic Impact, Jan Shearer, DVM, MS, Professor Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine, ISU
  • 2:30 - Roundtable Discussion with all Speakers 
  • 3:00 - Wrap-up & Adjourn

Registration details

A registration fee of $25 per person will include the short course, lunch and proceedings. Registration closes March 20 and the event is limited to 130 attendees on a first come, first serve basis. To register, visit the Event page or go to the I-29 Moo University website. You can also register by mailing the registration fee to Tracey Erickson at 1910 West Kemp Ave., Watertown, SD 57201. Please include your contact information and any dietary restrictions when mailing in your registration information.

For more information, contact Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist, by email or 605.882.5140.

The I-29 Moo University Collaboration was established as a multi-state learning community the I-29 Moo University Collaboration connects extension dairy staff and dairy producers from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska to share research, information and management practices through workshops, webinars, monthly e-newsletters and on-farm tours. For more information about the I-29 Moo University Collaboration and programs, visit their website.

2020 I-29 Moo University Sponsors include: 

Gold Level: STgenetics, Sealpro; Silver Level: FormAFeed, Central Plains Dairy Foundation, Elanco, Automated Waste Systems; Bronze Level: Nebraska State Dairy Association, Alforex Seeds, Iowa State Dairy Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, AminoPlus Ag Processing, Inc., Minnesota Milk, DCC Waterbeds, AgroPur, American Agco Trading Company, Phileo Lesafre Animal Care, Associated Milk Producers, Inc., DiamondV, ProAg Engineering, Inc.,Cottonseed, LLC, Trans-Ova Genetics, Quality Liquid Feeds, Pipestone Veterinary Services, Ag Country - Farm Credit Service.

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