Lincoln, Neb. —Dairy specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas have developed a new, twice-monthly podcast for dairy producers. The podcast is focused on issues of interest to dairy producers, including economics, animal heath, forage, labor, farm programs and more.
The first podcast was released on May 26 and featured Kim Clark Nebraska Extension dairy educator; Jim Salfer, Minnesota Extension dairy educator; and Fred M. Hall, Northwest Iowa Extension dairy specialist, discussing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Other podcast topics to date include heat stress, forage preservation and sampling, feeding strategies, animal activism, silage safety, risk-management tools, reproduction, and quality assurance programs.
Episodes are released every two weeks, and feature commentary by I-29 Moo University Extension dairy specialists in conversation with other dairy industry experts.
“Podcasts give dairy producers another avenue to receive timely, relevant dairy related information such as production practices, financial management and practical strategies, and they don’t have to attend a workshop or be in front of their computer,” Salfer said.
The discussions are driven by current topics and questions from producers. The podcast is geared toward dairy producers of all sizes from 20 cows to 10,000 cows.
“We hope that producers will interact with questions and comments that can help develop more programs,” Hall said.
Each episode is about 30 minutes and is available on the I-29 Moo University website as well as on each state’s dairy Extension website. Producers can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Spotify. Past episodes are archived, so listeners can tune in whenever they choose.
I-29 Moo University is a consortium of Extension dairy specialists from the land-grant universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The I-29 Moo University Collaboration is a multi-state learning community and connects extension dairy staff and dairy producers 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 https://dairy.unl.edu/i-29-moo-university.