Summit Dairy near Primghar

Summit Dairy near Primghar

PRIMGHAR—The I-29 Moo University will host an on-farm dairy field day Wednesday, Nov. 13, near Primghar.

The free event will be held 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Summit Dairy at 5564 390th St., about three miles west of Primghar.

Topics that will be discussed during the field day include managing forages and silage, crossbreeding, housing and parlor setup.

Dairyman John Westra will lead participants through his Summit Dairy milking parlor, cattle housing, and the commodity and feed mixing building and discuss the farm’s breeding program.

Westra and his family purchased Summit Dairy in 2012. They moved from California and immediately began caring for 400 cows.

Over the years, the Westra family expanded the dairy to more than 800 cows. The cows are housed in free stalls and milked three times a day.

As part of the expansion, Westra built a commodity and feed mixing building, which allows feed to be loaded and mixed indoors, and reduces waste and decreases moisture variability in the feedstuffs.

Hugo Ramirez, assistant professor and extension dairy specialist at Iowa State University in Ames, will discuss feeding this year’s silage, feeding issues he is seeing and pile management.

Light refreshments and ice cream from South Dakota State University in Brookings will be served.

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