The Partners for Ag group, a coalition made up of various ag-related commodity groups in the area, has planned a dairy tour for Friday Jan. 13, according to Marty Broich, spokesperson for the group.
The group started looking at a dairy tour because they wanted to add value and jobs to the area's ethanol plants. Dairy cows, replacement heifers, and steer calves are consumers of distiller grains. They also add diversity for our corn and soybean acres. Dairy herds also are a market for corn hybrids for silage and hay.
The tour will be around Orange City. Featured are three dairies plus some drive-bys, a 175-cow family dairy, a-1,500 cow herd currently individually owned, but originally an investor owned operation, and Darin Dykstra's 3,000-cow herd. He was a California dairyman and manager Brian Roorda is a former dairyman from Washington.
The tour will begin at the Extension Office in Orange City at 9:45 a.m. The group will tour the three dairies, have lunch, and be ready to head for home about 3:30 p.m. Since there is no sponsor for this tour, lunch and travel expenses will be the responsibility of tour participants.
Anyone interested in economic development for our communities or who is looking for a source of manure to cut fertilizer cost would benefit from the tour.
This tour is not limited to size. However, a large group would definitely show how interest in this project. A car pool will be arranged when Partners for Ag know who plans to participate in this dairy tour. Contact Marty Broich at 712-284-2163 to register for the tour. The Partners for Ag is just a core group and anyone who thinks he or she could benefit or help with this project is urged to participate in the tour.
Feel free to contact Broich for further information about the dairy tour planned for Friday, Jan. 13.