Tricounty News

Dairy expansion field day

A field day addressing low-cost dairy expansion will be at the Janet Sanderson farm near Little Falls from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. The Sandersons built a new 115-cow four-row free-stall barn with mattresses in 1999. They converted a tie-stall barn to a double six parallel parlor and maternity pens, and converted a pole shed into sand bedded free stalls for dry cows and close up heifers. Heifers are all custom raised on a nearby farm. Learn about how the transition from tie-stall to free-stall worked for Janet. Learn about different options for feed storage and see how they work. The program will discuss designing free-stall barns for cow comfort and cow flow. The cost for the program is $5, payable at the door. To request a brochure or to register for the program, contact Eric Sonnek at the Stearns County Extension Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (320) 255-6169 or (800) 450-6171. Registration for the meal ends Friday, Sept. 3.