Webinars to focus on dairy farm stress

     Farming is often listed as one of the most stressful occupations in the United States. This is particularly true for dairy farmers as they experience an extended period of low milk prices.

     To help dairy farmers deal with stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of three webinars that discuss how to recognize the signs of stress, how dairy farm families can manage stress, analyzing a dairy for profits, the profitability of various dairy systems and what FINBIN says about production costs.

     The webinars will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays, July 10, July 17 and July 24, at 12 p.m. They will be conducted by extension specialists from ISU Extension and Outreach, the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and University of Minnesota. ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialists Larry Tranel, Fred Hall and Jenn Bentley will present during the webinars, as well as John Shutske, extension specialist with the University of Wisconsin, Jim Salfer, extension dairy specialist with the University of Minnesota, and Phil Cardoso, extension dairy specialist with the University of Illinois.

     The topics discussed in the webinars are:

     • July 10 – Recognizing and Managing Stress of Dairy Farmers.

     • July 17 – Knowing Your Cost of Production and Where the Dairy Industry Is Headed.

     • July 24 – Making Production Decisions During Challenging Times.

     To join the webinars, log onto https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/isuedairy. For more information, contact Tranel at tranel@iastate.edu or 563-583-6496, Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949, or Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu or 712-737-4230.

     The webinars are sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, University of Illinois Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension.



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