2017 Pre-Empire Farm Days Dairy Calf Intensively Managed Housing/Feeding System “Drive Yourself Tour” and Program

Cornell University PRO-DAIRY Program

Date:  August 7, 2017

Pro-DairyFarm hosts:  Synergy Farm and True Farm, Wyoming County, New York

What you will see:

Synergy Genetics LLC (Synergy Farm) – features two brand new side by side state of the art mechanically ventilated individual pen calf barns using pre-engineered fabric covered steel arch construction, an innovative automated calf bottle and nipple washing system, batch and whole milk pasteurization, and attention to details to raise high genetic calves.  Each barn is 36’ x 150’ x 12’ and houses 66 pre-weaned calves.

True Farm – features a 3-yr old group housed/group fed calve barn constructed using post-frame building technology.  The barn is 54’ x 210’ x 14’, has a flat ceiling and uses mechanical-assisted natural ventilation.  Three DeLaval CT 1000+ autofeeders supply a 26:18 milk replacer to six feeding stations, with one feeding station per 20-calf pen.

Registration:  https://nwnyteam.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=571

Cost:  No cost but pre-registration is required so we can plan lunch and refreshments accordingly that are covered by tour sponsors!

Sponsors:  We sincerely thank the sponsors of this event, including: Agri-Plastics, Craigs Station Creamery, DeLaval Castile, Farm Credit East and Fred’s Tent.

Registration Information:  Registration will be limited to the first 100 people; there will be two tours, Tour A (starting at True Farm) and Tour B (starting at Synergy Farm), and registrants will be assigned to a tour group at the time of registration

Schedule Tour A – Starts at True Farm

11:00   Welcome – Jeff True

11:10   Why group housed/group fed calves?  – Jeff True and Corwin Holtz

11:25   Tour calf barn and facilitated discussion

11:45   Closing remarks

11:50   Depart for Synergy Farm

12:15   Lunch and visit sponsors at Synergy Farm

1:00     Guest Speaker - Dr. Fernando Soberon, Shur Gain “Bringing it all together for calf success”

1:45     Welcome – John Rudgers

1:55     Why individual housed/individual fed calves in a controlled environment barn?

2:05     Overview of the Cornell neutral ventilation system/results – Curt Gooch, Cornell PRO-DAIRY

2:15     Tour neutral ventilated calf barn and facilitated discussion

2:35     Closing remarks

Schedule Tour B – Starts at Synergy Farm

11:15   Welcome – John Rudgers

11:25   Why individual housed/individual fed calves in a controlled environment barn?

11:35   Overview of the Cornell neutral ventilation system/results – Curt Gooch, Cornell PRO-DAIRY

11:50   Tour neutral ventilated calf barn and facilitated discussion

12:15   Lunch

12:45   Guest Speaker - Dr. Fernando Soberon, Shur Gain “Bringing it all together for calf success”

1:30     Depart for True Farm

1:50     Welcome – Jeff True

2:00     Why group housed/group fed calves?  – Jeff and Corwin Holtz, Holtz Nelson Consulting

2:15     Tour calf barn and facilitated discussion

2:35     Closing remarks