2017 Pre-Empire Farm Day Dairy Calf Intensively Managed Housing/Feeding System “Drive Yourself Tour” and Program
272 Morrison Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
Phone: (607) 255-4478
Fax: (607) 255-1335
Date: August 7, 2017
Farm 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.
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
12:45 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