ST. CLOUD — The I-29 Moo University is hosting two dairy field days in November. Each field day will start at 12:30 p.m. and wrap up around 3:30.

These field days are free, and light refreshments and South Dakota State ice cream will be served.

On Nov. 13, Moo U will visit Summit Dairy, 5564 390th St., Primghar, Iowa. Owner John Westra will give a tour of the milking parlor, cattle housing, and the commodity and mixing building.

Summit Dairy’s breeding strategy will be discussed, Dr. Hugo Ramirez from Iowa State University will discuss feeding this year’s silage, feeding issues he is seeing, and pile management.

Summit Dairy has more than 800 dairy cows that are housed in free-stalls and milked three times per day.

On Nov. 20, Tri Cross Dairy at  45144 289th St., Viborg, S.D, will be toured. Co-owner Tom Koolhaas and manager Kris Vander Kooy will share their experiences with utilizing crossbreeding within the dairy to create a durable and productive cow herd.

Amy Hazel from the University of Minnesota will discuss reasons why interest in crossbreeding in dairy cattle is growing globally, explain the basics of rotational crossbreeding for dairy cattle, and present the results of a 10-year study in high-performance Minnesota dairy herds where ProCROSS cows were found to be more profitable than their Holstein herd mates.

Tri Cross Dairy is named for its breed of cattle -- a combination of Holstein, Montbeliarde, and Swedish or Viking Red Cattle. The 4,000 cows are housed in a 1,200-foot cross-ventilated free-stall barn and milked in a 100-head rotary parlor.

To register for one or both field days, go to https://z.umn.edu/I29Moo.

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