Dawn has been in leadership roles most of her professional career. Her strengths lie in her ability to identify and implement strategies that create growth and assure profitability while maintaining the best quality possible in the outgoing product. She brings skills in business organization and management to Prairie Creek Seed and feels that communication and forward momentum are a couple of things that are key to success.
Dawn grew up on a farm that was both a dairy and a farrow-to-finish hog operation. She returned to the farm after college and helped her family until deciding to join the Army and was called to active duty during Operation Enduring Freedom. After returning from Iraq, she focused on her professional development at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in which she developed her leadership skills in both the Pathology and Anesthesia departments.
Dawn lives on a small acreage where she raises and trains American Saddlebred show horses. She received her BSW and is currently working towards her MBA from the University of Iowa.
"We'd be happy to walk your fields, identify problems, and talk through possible solutions with you."
It has long been recognized that the forage quality of legumes, including clovers, is generally higher than that of most forage grasses. Legumes are usually higher in crude protein, digestibility and many minerals and vitamins. Legume forages are digested more rapidly than grasses. The result is better animal performance.
The total yield of forage per acre from grass/legume mixtures is usually higher than grass alone. For example, studies conducted over many years at the University of Kentucky have shown that red clover grown with tall fescue produces a greater total forage yield than tall fescue fertilized with 180 pounds/acre.
Reduced Animal Toxicities Legumes can play an important role in offsetting various livestock disorders caused by other forages, especially forage grasses. In a recent survey in two southern states, growing legumes with tall fescue was found to be the number-one strategy used by beef cow and calf producers to cope with the endophyte of tall fescue. Grass tetany is another animal disorder reduced or eliminated by the presence of clovers in animals' diets.
Increased Profitability The use of legumes in forage crops can have an enormous impact on the economics of pasturing grazing animals. Higher nutrition than grass means more milk production, higher weaning weights and increased likelihood of high reproductive efficiency.