The Oregon State University Dairy Club is hosting its bi-annual

Beaver Dairy Youth Day

on Saturday, April 14, 2018

from 9:00-4:00,

at the OSU Dairy,

for kids in grades 4-12.

Dairy club members, along with industry experts, will be teaching youth about dairy judging and pedigree reading. After lunch, there will be a dairy judging competition for all levels of experience. Cattle for the event will be provided by the OSU Dairy. Lunch and snacks will be provided. However, if a student requires a special diet, please bring it from home. Event t-shirts, lunch, and awards are all included in the cost. Please preregister by March 28. Click on the link below for the registration form and additional information.

Beaver Dairy Youth Day form 2018

Join the Polk SWCD staff as they host forage seed growers from our region to learn about the many seed resources grown in our region.  Livestock and horse owners will learn about the many grass, legume, and other kinds of seed available for high quality forage production.  Factors such as suitability to soil type and moisture, hardiness, and livestock dietary need will be discussed by our panel of growers and seed company representatives. Bring a tag from a pasture seed mix bag or other list for discussion.

RSVP  by February 20  to Claudia.Ingham@PolkSWCD.com or 503-623-9680 ext. 101 to ensure your light dinner at 5pm.

February 22, 2018       5-7pm

Polk County Fairgrounds, Building B

520 S Pacific Hwy W, Rickreall, OR 97371

Artificial Insemination in Dairy Cattle

This three-day program includes both indoor and outdoor instruction and practice on the skill of artificial inseminating cows. The class also provides instruction on cow and herd management for efficient, successful reproduction. A certificate of achievement is given upon successful completion of the course.

Young Calf Health Workshops

Best Management Practices for Young Calves  (December 1, 2017, 1-4 pm)

Interventions for Sick Calves  (December 8, 2017, 1-4 pm)

Classroom and hands-on instruction at OSU in Corvallis.

For more detailed information, click to open the flier:

young calf health workshop flier 2017.12

To register, go to http://bit.ly/MarionDairyWorkshops

Instruction and hands-on practice in artificial insemination in cattle will be offered in fall and winter. Classes will be held on campus at Oregon State University, with Shelby Filley and Adrienne Lulay as instructors. Indicate your interest in attending by filling out this form for the waiting list. (AI school is popular!) The exact dates are yet to be determined.

OSU Forage Management Series (Five parts)

Each part consists of an evening classroom presentation at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility on the OSU campus, followed by a morning field practical at a local outdoor location.

Class meets Wednesdays (6 – 8:30 pm) and Thursdays (10 – noon). Topics for each month are:

  • April 19 & 20 – Farm and Forage Assessment
  • May 24 & 25 – Harvest Management
  • June 28 & 29 – Irrigation
  • August 16 and 17 – Fertility
  • September 20 and 21 – Renovation Techniques

Pre-registration and a $30 fee per part (or a discounted price of $120 for five) per ranch is required. Registration coming soon at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/linn/. If you do not have Internet access, stop by or call the Linn Co. (541-967-3871) or Benton Co. (541-766-6750)  OSU Extension Offices for instructions.

Speakers will be Shelby Filley, David Hannaway, Serkan Ates, Gene Pirelli, and Troy Downing, plus other OSU faculty and local experts.

This series will focus on a “project ranch” that we work on together, including site visits and on-line document sharing and blog. The project ranch will be the Wilson Farm, the OSU sheep facility with sheep and cattle grazing the pastures. You can also work on your own ranch as a side project if desired. The objective of the series is to improve knowledge about managing forage on properties in the Willamette Valley.

OSU Calving School, Willamette Valley class

WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 4 pm to 8 pm

WHAT: This program will consist of presentations, educational videos, and simulated calving assistance. Topics covered will include The Calving Process, Nutritional and Management Strategies to Prevent Calving Problems, Designing Calving Facilities, Dystocia and Calving Assistance, Diseases and Injuries Associated with Calving, and Managing Newborn Calves.
(The program will have a beef cattle slant, but dairy cattle have calves the same way.)

WHERE: Oldfield Teaching Center (on west side of OSU campus)

COST: $20 per person (includes program, the calving school handbook, and pizza dinner)

PRESENTERS: Reinaldo Cooke (Beef Cattle Specialist), Shelby Filley (Regional Livestock and Forage Specialist), and Charles Estill (Extension Veterinarian)

For more information on the program, please contact shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu or 541-236-3016

For on-line registration and payment, go to http://bit.ly/LinnCalvingSchool

If you need help registering, please contact the Linn County OSU Extension Service at 541-967-3871

Calving School will also be held in other locations:

December 9, 2016 (4 pm to 7 pm)       Myrtle Point, OR
December 12, 2016 (2 pm to 5 pm)     Fossil, OR
December 13, 2016 (4 pm to 7 pm)     Heppner, OR
December 14, 2016 (11 pm to 2 pm)   Enterprise, OR

For more information on those classes, please contact Reinaldo Cooke (541-573-4083) or your local Extension Office.