Julie Berry – PRO-DAIRY

Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY Article

Once again three days of programs the Dairy Seminar Center

Dairy Profit Seminars have become a regular stop for dairy producers, dairy farm staff and agribusiness professionals. This year’s show is slated for August 8 through 10 at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms near Seneca Falls, NY.  And be sure to note the pre-show calf tour on Monday, Aug. 7, visiting two farms nearby… described in this issue.

The 2017 Dairy Profit Seminars will include:

  • Robotics and Maximizing Milk Per Box: Grouping and Feeding;
  • Transitioning to Automatic Milking Systems:  What Have We Learned?; and
  • Is your farm a Member of the 7 Pound Club? Leading dairy producers into the next frontier of maximizing pounds of components produced, while maintaining profitability.

Each seminar has been approved for up to 1.50 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education (CE) credits. Dairy AdvanCE is a continuing education accreditation provider for dairy producers and other dairy industry professionals.

The seminars are a collaboration between Cornell PRO-DAIRY, Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA) and DairyBusiness & HolsteinWorld magazine. Each session will be held at the Dairy Seminar Center, located on Lot #426 on the show grounds at the Rodman Lot & Sons Farm in Seneca Falls, N.Y. The seminars are free and open to the public. Sponsors include: ASAP Interiors, Dairy Farmers of America, Farm Credit East, Farm Family Casualty Insurance, PikeSide Enterprises and Purina Animal Health.

Tuesday, August 8

10:30 am - Robotics and Maximizing Milk Per Box: Grouping and Feeding Strategies

Automated milking systems have skyrocketed in popularity. Many dairy farms have transitioned, are in the process of transitioning or are considering an automated system. If maximizing profit is a goal of your dairy, then maximizing milk per box in an automated system is critical. This seminar will focus on the factors affecting milk per box and the considerations for each.

Douglas F. Waterman, Ph.D. is the Director, Technology Application – Dairy, for Trouw Nutrition Agresearch. He is responsible for developing training programs to enhance the on-farm competency and skill of dairy nutritionists and provides field support. In addition, he is responsible for the implementation of new technology and products developed by Trouw Nutrition Agresearch throughout Canada (Shur Gain and Landmark), USA and Mexico.

Waterman is a native of New York State and holds degrees from SUNY Morrisville, Cornell University, and the University of Kentucky. Prior to Shur Gain, Waterman was the Director for Nutrition and Research for Milk Specialties Company.

1:00 pm – Decreasing risk and maximizing profit through pathogen-based treatment of clinical mastitis and strategic dry cow therapy

Through advances in milk quality management not all cows with clinical mastitis need to be treated with an intramammary antibiotic nor do all cows on all farms need to be dry treated.  Knowing which mastitis pathogens are causing a case of clinical mastitis allows for more targeted treatment of pathogens that are likely to respond and not treating those that will not respond during lactation.  Understanding which cows are at high risk for having an intramammary infection or acquiring a new one at dry off and which ones are at low risk can allow for selective dry cow therapy.  Both strategies allow for saving money on treatment and labor while decreasing the risk of violative residues.  This seminar will discuss on-farm data from New York dairies that have adopted pathogen based treatment of clinical mastitis and selective dry cow therapy.

Daryl Nydam, DVM, PhD, is the Director of Quality Milk Production Services.  In addition, he provides routine on-farm service to dairy farms through the Ambulatory and Production Medicine Service in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  As an associate professor of dairy health and production management he also teaches veterinary students and trains PhD students.  Nydam is a native of NYS where his grandparents had a small dairy farm and his father was a practicing dairy vet for 40 years.  He has a BS in Biochemistry from Geneseo and a DVM and PhD from Cornell.

Betsy Hicks, Area Dairy Specialist for the South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team of Cornell Cooperative Extension and treasurer for the Empire State Milk Quality Council, will introduce Dr. Nydam on behalf of ESMQC.

The program is presented by the Empire State Milk Quality Council, a non-profit group that strives to focus the attention of producers and handlers on the importance of udder health and milk quality. It does this through education programs, collaboration with the Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS) and, of course, the Super Milk program. Begun in 1990, the Super Milk program recognizes producers that achieve quality standards – keeping their somatic cell counts below 200,000 – and operate exemplary farmsteads.

Wednesday, August 9

10:30 am - Transitioning to Automatic Milking Systems:  What Have We Learned?

Transitioning to automatic milking systems is a major change for a dairy farm, with the decision impacting many areas of the business. Join this panel as the lessons learned are shared in: budgeting and making the decision, planning the change, starting the system up, making management changes, and continuing to learn how to best utilize. Jason Karszes, Cornell PRO-DAIRY, will moderate a panel, which will include Bruce Dehm, Dehm Associates, and three NY farmer panelists, who have used automatic milking systems ranging from one year to eight years. These farmer panelists have seen increases in milk production and changes in how they manage their farms with transition to automatic milking systems.

Bruce Dehm is an agricultural economist and owns Dehm Associates, LLC, a farm business services company in Geneseo, New York. Dehm Associates LLC provides timely business management information to dairy farms in six states with a family of reports called The Dairy Dashboard. Since 1986 Dehm has worked with dairy producers in the Northeast to help them understand and grow their businesses. Dehm has Master of Science in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida, a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, an Associate’s degree from SUNY at Delhi.

Steve Sondericker is owner/operator at Friendly Acres, LLC in Attica, NY. They milk 500 cows on 8 robots installed in 2016. “In a nutshell its been a really good move. We’ve gained 10 lbs. of milk and reduced employees from 10 down to 5.”

Justin Reed is herd manager at Reed Haven Farm, LLC in Adams Center. They have 230 milking and dry cows and crop 1,400 acres of corn, beans, oats, rye and barley. They began milking with two robots in January 2015 and added a third robot in May 2016. 160 cows are milked by the robots, and the remainder are milked in a stanchion barn. Reed reports that production has increased 25 percent, which he attributes to increased cow comfort and increased frequency of milking. “They’re flexible, but you’re never done milking,” he says.

Bill Kilcer, is owner/operator, of Windstott in Genoa. Since installing two robots eight years ago the 130-cow farm has increased production from 60 to 80 lbs. “Adjusting, like to any major change, is difficult,” he said. His biggest challenges were with learning the technology. Kilcer welcomes discussion and visits with farmers who are considering implementing the technology.

Jason Karszes is a Senior Extension Associate and specializes in dairy business management. His focus areas are in management education, financial analysis, decision making, budgeting and business planning. The Cornell Dairy Executive Program, Dairy Farm Business Summary, Discussion Groups and Activity Cost Analysis Projects are some of the programs within his focus area. He completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in farm management and production economics at Cornell University.

1:00 pmJunior DAIRY LEADER Formal Presentation and Graduation Ceremony

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 with 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.

Debbie Grusenmeyer is a Senior Extension Associate in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in addition to being part of PRO-DAIRY and the Dairy Management Group for over 18 years. She provides leadership for developing, coordinating, and implementing the NY dairy youth programs, which includes state level 4-H dairy programs, Dairy Discovery, and the dairy track of Animal Crackers. She is also the Director of the NY Junior DAIRY LEADER Program.

Thursday, August 10

10:30 am - Is your farm a Member of the 7 Pound Club?  Leading dairy producers into the next frontier of maximizing pounds of components produced, while maintaining profitability.

The 7 Pound Club refers to dairies that produce more than 7 lbs per day combined of milk fat and true protein per cow, and therefore, achieve very high levels of net milk income per cow per day.  The panel will feature dairy producers who achieve these production levels, along with an economist and nutritionist, who will examine what strategies work on their dairies and will address the herd management and economic analysis involved at this level of production.

Dave Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist, Central New York Dairy, Livestock, & Field Crops Team of Cornell Cooperative Extension, will moderate the panel. Balbian has also co-authored an article with Dr. Thomas Overton PRO-DAIRY Director and Professor of Dairy Management at Cornell University, “Can you join the 7 lb club”?

Panelists will represent three farms:

Albano Farms/SRJF Inc., Stamford. The dairy and custom harvest business is owned by Frank and his brother Marc. Frank and Marc attribute forage quality, cow comfort, and detailed attention to the young stock program as the keys to their production levels. In addition, they are always looking for new ideas and how to improve their farm management. They have been involved in the Dairy Academy, Dairy Acceleration Program, and have worked with the Farm Viability Institute, which has enhanced their management abilities to achieve their current production levels. The Albanos are breaking ground on an expansion project this spring to bring the herd size to 300 cows.

Thornapple Farm, Leicester. This 900-cow dairy is owned and operated by Jerry and Darlene Hull, and their children Dan Hull and Amy Benedict. At Thornapple Dairy, the Hull family has created a culture of doing everything right, every day, on all aspects of the dairy, and instill that in their employees. They invest in their employees by continually offering training, structure, and smart decision making into the day to day operation of the farm, which is a critical piece to achieve high levels of production. The Hulls feel that the real profit is in paying attention to details.

Hanehan Family Dairy, Mt. Upton. Brothers Matt and Kurt Hanehan began the dairy operation in 2006, and currently milk 840 cows. The Hanehans have consistently produced in the 6.8 to 7 pound range for the past year. They attribute high quality feed, cow comfort, and attention to genetics and their breeding program to maintaining this level of production. Detailed management has allowed the average age of the herd to increase, which in turn fills the barns with multiple lactation cows that have the ability to produce at high levels. Kurt and Matt have maximized milk and component output without major capital improvements.

Also on the panel is Bruce Dehm, Dehm Associates, who will address the economics of component pricing, and how to plan and budget to reach the 7-pound milestone.

Jay Giesy, PhD, is a Senior Dairy Specialist for Cargill Feed and Nutrition with 17 years of experience and will share strategies from the herds he works with. He provides nutrition and management support to Cargill Nutrition consultants and their dairy farm clients across the Northeast. In his role, Jay has the opportunity to see and learn the many strategies dairies implement to achieve top performance.

Beef Promotion Updates – “Bridging the Beef Gap”

Each day information about the N.Y. beef promotion program will be presented by Jean O’Toole, Executive Director, NY Beef Council.  Dairymen fund the promotion through the Beef Checkoff.

Tues., Aug. 8 - 12 noon

Wed., Aug. 9 - 9 a.m.

Thurs., Aug. 10 - 12 noon