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BROOKINGS -- The I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Tour Short Course will be on March 29 before the Central Plains Dairy Expo Welcome Reception and Concert. It will include two bus tour stops and two panel discussions.

BROOKINGS - The I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Tour Short Course will be on March 29 before the Central Plains Dairy Expo Welcome Reception and Concert. It will include two bus tour stops and two panel discussions.

Registration is $25 per person and includes transportation and lunch. Registration is due online by March 25 at igrow.org/store or call (605) 882-5140. The Western Iowa Dairy Alliance will be covering the cost of attending for its members who register.

The bus departs from and returns to the Denny Sanford Premier Center complex on the south side of the complex at 1201 West Ave., Sioux Falls, S.D., 57104 (formerly the Convention Center-Arena).

The schedule:

8:30 a.m.-Load bus

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8:40 a.m.-Leave for first tour stop.

9:30 a.m. - -Tom and Katy VanderWal dairy beef feedlot with hoop structure, Brookings. See their hoop barn and outdoor feedlot and learn first-hand about the ins and outs of building, permitting, neighbor relations and manure handling as the VanderWal's expanded their dairy beef operation.

10:45 a.m.-Travel to Sioux Falls Denny Sanford Premier Center

11:45 a.m.-Lunch, and sponsor recognition, Meeting Rooms 8-9

12:30 p.m.-Panel discussion. Permitting and public relations if you are considering to build. Panel members include: Tom VanderWal, S.D. Dairy Beef Producer; Brian Waddingham, executive director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers; Andy Scholting, Nutrient Advisors; and Gene Tinker, Iowa Department of Natural Resources coordinator of animal feeding operations.

1:30 p.m.-Load bus.

2 p.m.-Tour Sioux Falls Regional Livestock, Worthing, Brad Klostergaard, manager to discuss buyer perspective on dairy beef animals.

2:30 p.m.-Panel discussion: Managing to meet consumer demands. Focusing on "Lameness / Handling in the Dairy Beef Industry," Russ Daly, DVM SDSU Extension and "How do we defend the use of implants and beta-agonists in dairy beef production?" Nicole Kenney Rambo, U of M Extension Feedlot Educator.

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3:30 p.m.-Travel back to Denny Sanford Premier Center

The hands-on Dairy Beef Short Course and tours are sponsored by the I-29 Moo University consisting of the South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, and University of Nebraska Extension Services; the Iowa State Dairy Association, the South Dakota Dairy Producers Association, Nebraska State Dairy Association, Minnesota Milk Producers Association and the Minnesota Dairy Initiative.

Co-coordinators for the program are Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension, Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu ; Ryan Breuer, ISU Extension, rmbreuer@iastate.edu ; and Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension, Heidi.Carroll@sdstate.edu .

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