Dairy Manager Training

Reduced program registration costs are possible because of the generous sponsorship of the National Beef Cattlemen’s Association, NY Beef Council, Beef Quality Assurance and the Beef Checkoff program.

The Dairy Manager Training is an educational program for farmers, employees and agriservice professionals who work directly with dairy cows. It will cover effective cow handling; communication to share farms goals, implement decisions and train employees; how to manage existing facilities for profitability; and using partial budgets for decision making.

The Dairy Manager Training is a two-day program held one week apart from each other. The program will run from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. It will be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk-throughs and discussion. Registration is required.

Registration fee
$50.00 includes two-day program, materials and lunch.

Who should attend
Farmers, employees and agri-service professionals who work directly with dairy cows.

Featured trainer – Curt Pate
The Dairy Manager’s training will include a full day cow handling training by Curt Pate, nationally recognized expert in dairy cattle handling and stockmanship. For more than a decade, Curt Pate has been conducting demonstrations and clinics on cattle stockmanship and safety. His personal experience incorporating effective stockmanship principles supports a “for profit” mindset and focuses on highlighting the increased economic benefits of handling cows correctly. In addition, Curt recognizes the growing public scrutiny surrounding livestock production and the impact that improved livestock handling practices create for the sustainability of the dairy industry. The program will comply with the FARM and BQA programs.


  • Kim Morrill, PhD, Dairy Specialist, NNY Ag Team, CCE
  • Libby Eiholzer, Dairy Specialist, NWNY Ag Team, CCE
  • Kelsey O’Shea, Farm Business Management Specialist, NNY Ag Team, CCE
  • Margaret Quaassdorff, Dairy Specialist, NWNY Ag Team CCE
  • Steve Chuhta, Senior Business Manager, Zoetis
  • Heather Dann, PhD, Research Scientist, Miner Institute

Erica Leubner, Farmer and Farm Family Consultant, Farm Net, Cornell University

Northern New York
March 5th and March 12th
Day 1 – March 5th – Extension Learning Farm in Canton. 2043B ST HWY 68, Canton NY
Day 2 – March 12th – Extension Learning Farm in Canton. 2043B ST HWY 68, Canton NY
Registration: Text Kim Morrill (603.568.1404) or contact Tatum Langworthy by email at tlm92@cornell.edu or phone at 315-788-8450
Questions? Kim Morrill, 603.568.1404

Central New York
March 6th and March 13th
Day 1 – March 6th – Flemingville United Methodist Church, 540 West Creek Rd, Owego, NY. Visiting Todd & Josie Spencer Dairy Farm, 3657 West Creek Rd, Newark Valley, NY
Day 2 – March 13th – McMahon’s E-Z Acres, 5950 West Scott Rd, Homer, NY
Registration: Shannon Myers, srm242@cornell.edu, 607.391.2662
Questions? Betsy Hicks 607-391-2673


Northwestern New York
March 7th and 14th
Day 1 – March 7th – CCE Wyoming County-CCE Wyoming County-36 Center St Suite B, Warsaw, NY 14569
Visiting Emerling Farm after lunch, 2904 NY-246, Perry, NY 14530
Day 2 – March 14th – CCE Ontario County-480 North Main Street Canandaigua, NY 14424
Visiting Bonna Terra Farm after lunch, 8800 NY-5, Bloomfield, NY 14469
Registration: nwnyteam.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=823
Linda Risewick, (585)343-3040 ext. 138
Questions? Libby Eiholzer, geg24@cornell.edu

Evening Beef Cattle Handling Training with Curt Pate
A special training for beef producers will be held from 6 to 9 pm on March 5 at Center Dale Farm 28206 St. Rt. 126 Black River, NY and on March 6 at Empire Livestock, 7418 NY-415, Bath, NY 14810.

The program will comply with the FARM and BQA programs. Registration fee is $25.00. Registration is required. Contact Katherine Brosnan, NY Beef Council at 845-325-4721.

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