Cow College 2020

Cow College update:  Farm Tour Map are now available.  If you haven’t registered and plan to attend on Tuesday, January 21, please call our office 715-258-6231 to register as soon as possible for an accurate count for food.


The 2020 Cow College will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 14 and 21.   Cost is only $5.00/day or $10 for all 3 days.  Advanced registration is appreciated in order to prepare for each session.

We have two registration options available:  FILL OUT a registration form and mail with your check to one of the Extension Offices listed below or CALL one of the Extension offices to register and pay at the door. 

Farm Tour January 21

10:15 Fietzer Dairy Farm – E8276 Co. Hwy N, Manawa 54949  2016 Lely Robic milking system (6Bot/3 Paired), six-row natural ventilated 360 freestall barn

11:15 Clinton Dairy Farm – E8351 State Hwy 22, Bear Creek 54922 2019 Waikato 50 cow rotary parlor, 250 cow holding area & 6-row tunnel ventilated freestall barn

12:30 LUNCH FVTC Regional CenterState Hwy 22/45, Clintonville (across from Fleet Farm)  “Dairy Revenue Protection Insurance” by Robert Netrefa, GreenStone Farm Credit Services

January 7 (1-3) Alternative Forages as Your Primary Feed Source? by Dr. Matt Akin, Extension Dairy Management Specialist, UW-Madison

Learn how forages like small grains, sorghums and mixes might replace alfalfa in milk cow diets.

Feeding Strategies to Maximize Milk Components by Dr. Zach Sawall, Central WI Dairy Nutritionist/Support Specialist, Vita Plus Corporation

Dr. Sawall grew up on a dairy farm just south of Clintonville.  He will discuss ways to maximize milk components using dairy nutrition and feeding strategies that can boost dairy farm profitability.

January 14 (1-3) Dairy Breeding Strategies in an Era of High Pregnancy Rates by Dr. Paul Fricke, Extension Dairy Reproduction Specialist, UW-Madison

Getting high producing cows bred on time has always been and will always be one of the biggest challenges to dairy farm profitability.  As a key advisor to many WI bovine veterinarians and AI organizations, get the latest research on ways to improve and maintain your dairy herd reproductive performance from one of the leading experts in the world. 

Evaluating Your TMR: Little Things Matter the Most! by Jim Livingston, Diamond-V Dairy Team Regional Manager and Kimberly Schmidt, Shawano County Extension Ag Educator

Find out how on-farm, real-time TMR mixer evaluations and monitoring the feeding behavior of your cows can help improve production and save you money.

Extension Waupaca County
Courthouse 811 Harding Street
Waupaca, WI  54981
Extension Shawano County
Courthouse, Room 101
Shawano, WI  54166
Extension Outagamie County
3365 W. Brewster Street
Appleton, WI  54914

Please register by mail or phone by Friday, January 3, 2020!!