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DairyProfit Seminars set for 2014 Empire Farm Days

The DairyProfit Seminars held annually at Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, NY, have become a regular stop for dairy producers, their staff and agribusiness professionals. This year’s show is slated for August 5-7 on the 300-acre show grounds at Rodman Lott & Sons Farm.

The 2014 DairyProfit Seminars will include a pre-show farm tour, strategies for finding the next 10 pounds of milk, maximizing pregnancy rates and lessons learned about shredlage. The programs will feature Cornell speakers, farmers and agriservice professionals in a discussion panel format.

The seminars are sponsored by Alltech, American Farm Products, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Farm Credit East, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, Lincoln Financial Advisors and PikeSide Enterprises and is a collaboration between Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY and DairyBusiness East magazine. Each session starts at 9:30 am at the Dairy Seminar Center, located on the show grounds. The seminars are free and open to the public. They will be followed at noon by an industry update from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council and a picnic lunch.

Monday, August 4

Farm Tour
PRO-DAIRY will host a tour of Walnut Ridge Dairy in Lansing, NY, Cornell University’s new dairy processing plant in Ithaca, NY and the new Cornell Dairy Research Center in Harford, NY, on Monday, August 4. A bus will be provided to minimize traffic on the dairies and lunch will be served on the Cornell campus prior to the tour of the dairy processing plant. Cost of the tour is $40 per person and pre-registration is requested; for more information and to register go to the PRO-DAIRY webpage at http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/ and the “Save the Date” section.

Tuesday, August 5

9:30 am – How to avoid losing a dollar per cow every day
Tony Hall, dairy technical services manager with Lallemand Animal Nutrition, will cover the hidden costs of sub acute rumen acidosis (SARA) on every dairy farm, beginning with the post fresh cows and on into early to mid lactation. This would include some up-to-date work done in the northeast using remote rumen pH boluses to see what was happening real time on a commercial dairy farm with a well formulated TMR. The presentation will conclude with some practical recommendations for primary producer teams and their nutritionists to help avoid SARA and reduce exposure to this $ per cow daily loss.

10:30 am - Finding the next 10 lbs
Dairy farmers Brad Almeter, Breezy Hill Dairy; David White, Cabhi Farm; and Frank Albano Jr., Albano Farms, will share their experiences and strategies for increasing milk production to meet the financial goals of their farms. Kathy Barrett, Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY, will moderate this panel discussion.

1:00 pm – Management and genetics of sound feet and legs in the dairy herd
Sponsored by the New York Holstein Association and HolsteinWorld magazine.

Wednesday, August 6

9:30 am – It takes a vision to leave a legacy
So you think you’re “all set” when it comes to succession planning. Diann Andrews, a CFP® professional with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., who specializes in agribusiness estate and succession planning will speak about family farm succession planning issues and challenges. Her presentation will draw upon her experiences helping farm families work to keep their operations for future generations.

10:30 am - Maximizing the pregnancy rate in your herd
Dr. Julio Giordano, Cornell University, will lead the discussion about the variety and combination of factors that affect pregnancy rate in dairy cattle. Dr. Giordano will also moderate a dairy farmer panel where local farmers, Jon Prokop, Crossbrook Farm; Mackenzie Reynolds, Reyncrest Farms; and Scott Buffin, Chaffee Farms, will share how they achieve high pregnancy rates in their herds.

1:30 pmJunior Dairy Leader Graduation
The Junior DAIRY LEADER is a statewide year-long program for youth between the ages of 16 to 19 who have an interest in learning more about careers in the dairy field, along adding to their leadership, personal and professional development.  The graduation ceremony is an opportunity for these dairy leaders to highlight and demonstrate to sponsors and visitors the experiences, knowledge, and the dynamic aspects of dairy education they have learned from being in the program.

Thursday, August 7

9:30 am – A review of mycotoxins and their impact on dairy cattle production and health
Dr. Alexandra Weaver, technical support specialist with Alltech, will discuss what mycotoxins are, where they come from, the symptoms a dairy producer might see in their cows and strategies to combat the challenge.

10:30 am - What we’ve learned about shredlage
Michelle Woodman, Landmark Services Cooperative, WI, will kick off this seminar with a discussion about experiences with shredlage type forage on Wisconsin dairies. Dr. Larry Chase, Cornell University, will moderate a panel that includes Cliff Hanehan, Hanehan Family Dairy; Corwin Holtz, Holtz-Nelson Dairy Consulting; and Michelle Woodman.


DairyBusiness Communications, based in Syracuse, NY, produces multi-media for the dairy industry including three monthly magazines (DairyBusiness East, DairyBusiness West and Holstein World), DairyProfit Weekly newsletter, DairyBusiness Radio, six active web sites and DairyProfit Seminars. It is a division of Multi Ag Media, LLC.