Dairy Profit Seminars at Empire Farm Days

Joel Hastings

Panel discussions and expert presentations highlighted the Dairy Profit Seminars held at Empire Farm Days.  The largest outdoor farm show in the Northeast provided the setting held Aug. 7 – 9 at the Rodman Lott & Sons farm near Seneca Falls, N.Y.  DairyBusiness organizes the effort which is presented by Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA).

Making the most of the milk sample was the topic for this panel. Shown from left are nutritionist and dairyman Gabriel Carpenter with Keystone Mills, producers Dan Sheldon, Salem, N.Y., Andrew Kross, in Chenango County, N.Y. and Dr. Amy Vasquez of the QMPS staff.

Dairy One, Ithaca, N.Y., presented two panel discussions under the theme of getting more value from DHI records… Data to Dollars.  The value of dairy records for managing in this tight dairy economy is higher than ever, according to the producers and consultants speaking.

NEDPA organized a timely and insightful program with owners of four farms describing their public relations efforts, ranging from the neighbors to national audiences.  Protecting the opportunity to farm and showing consumers how dairy is produced is critical in this era.

A panel by the Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA), who discuss dairy consumer relations, social media, and how everyone can better work together going forward. A lively and informative session (55 min.).

PRO-DAIRY staff presented on three topics even more important during times of low milk prices.  Dr. Tom Overton spoke about feeding strategies, Dr. Jerry Bertoldo presented calf raising tips from birth to weaning, while Jason Karszes and Ashley Howlett talked about labor efficiencies.

The New York Junior Dairy Leaders program held its annual graduation program here also, with students presenting a recap of their year’s activities under the direction of Debbie Grusenmeyer with assistance from Heather Darrow.


The Seminars are sponsored by these leading firms:  ASAP Interiors, DairyBusiness.com, DFA Northeast, Dairy One, Farm Credit East, Farm Family Insurance, an American National Company and Pikeside Ag Machinery, all with support from Empire Farm Days.  The 2019 show and seminars will be held on Aug. 6 – 8 in the same location.