ORANGE CITY—The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Sioux County Extension office in Orange City.

This year’s focus is making genetic decisions profitable, with discussions on crossbreeding, pure-breeding, genomics, sexed semen and how to maximize profitability in the dairy industry.

The two key presentations are:

  • “Dairy Crossbreds: Where is the profit at?” by Amy Hazel of the University of Minnesota.
  • “Application of Genomics and Sexed Semen to Maximize Profits” by James Koltes of Iowa State University.

There also will be a producer panel which will focus on breeding decisions and profitability.

Local panelists will include Eric Van Wyk, Dykstra Dairy, Maurice; Roger Stensland, Stensland Bros. Dairy, Larchwood; Darren Davelaar, Country Edge Dairy, Inwood; and Leroy Eggink, Great Heritage Holsteins, Sibley.

There is no fee to attend the program thanks to the sponsorship of Sioux Dairy Equipment Inc. and Van Zee Enterprises Inc.

To register, visit https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/dairy-discussions-2019 or call 712-737-4230.

Deadline to register is Wednesday, Nov. 27.

For more information, contact Fred Hall, ISU Extension dairy specialist for northwest Iowa, at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.