Penn State Extension Dairy January Updates

Upcoming Events:

Technology Tuesday Webinar Series

January 9, 2018 – Cleaning and Maintaining Milking Systems

Clean, well-maintained milking systems minimize negative effects on milk quality and udder health.

Dr. Ernest Hovingh will share basic milking system cleaning and maintenance concepts and provide additional tips on this important – but sometimes over-looked – aspect of producing high-quality milk on today’s dairy farms, whether 50 or 3,500 cows are being milked.

 

January 23, 2018 – 2017 PDMP Corn Silage Trails and Handling Silage Leachate

The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) and Penn State Extension have been conducting corn silage trails throughout the state for several years. This webinar will share the results from this year’s plots around Pennsylvania and look at how to address and handle the issue of silage leachate.

February 6, 2018 – Big Data

Big Data has the potential to change the way dairy farmers operate in the future. This webinar will discuss what big data is and what dairy farmers need to know to protect their data, and provide a practice example of how big data can be used on the dairy.

This series of webinars are geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals.

All Technology Tuesday webinars are from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM EST and will be recorded to be viewed at a later date.

 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://psu.zoom.us/j/248358814

All Tech Tuesdays:

https://extension.psu.edu/technology-tuesdays

Dairy Management Mondays Webinar Series

January 22, 2018 – Dry Cow Management for a Better Start

Learn about how feed management and cow comfort strategies during a cow’s dry period can get the cow off to a good start in the milking herd after freshening.

February 19, 2018 – Workforce Focus: “When will I get a raise?” 

Learn how to set clear expectations about performance-based compensation for employees.

This series of webinars are geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals.

All Dairy Management Monday webinars will be presented on the third Monday of the month. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST and will be recorded to be viewed at a later date.

Please click the link below to join the webinar: 

https://psu.zoom.us/j/393261372

Dairy Grazing Management Guide Webinar Series

Monday, October 11, 2017, 1:00 PM – Grazing Water Quality

Management practices to reduce the impact of grazing on water quality.

Led by Mat Haan and Dave Wilson.

February 14, 2018 1:00 PM – Nutrient Management on Pastures

Nutrient management practices to improve productivity and reduce environmental impacts of grazing systems will be discussed.

Led by Mat Haan and Rob Meinen.

This series of webinars are geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals.

All webinars will be presented on the second Monday of the month starting in October! All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PMN EST and will be recorded to be viewed at a later date.

Please click the link below to join the webinar: 

https://psu.zoom.us/j/966321203

Transition Cow Management Strategies for a Better Start

Transition Cow Management will feature the science and practices to improve the performance of transition cows. The hands-on portion will allow participants to use their own samples (milk and urine) to evaluate the health of their cows.

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 fro 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hoss’s Steak & Sea House

9016 William Penn Hwy

Huntingdon, PA 16652

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2018

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Lancaster Farm & Home Center

1383 Arcadia Rd.

Lancaster, PA 17601

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2018

Please click the link below to register:

https://extension.psu.edu/transition-cow-management

Exploring Value-Added Dairy

This workshop will help producers to determine whether marketing value-added dairy is right for them.

As consumer demands and milk markets change, many producers are looking for alternative options to retail their milk. Value-added dairy is a means of marketing a product that sets a producer apart from their competition in order to increase value.

This workshop will guide producers through value-added dairy and basic considerations for products, including regulations and equipment, in order to help them determine whether marketing value-added dairy is right for them. Additionally, participants will start thinking about assessing their market and potential products, needed resources, niche markets, and production aspects.

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Hoss’s Steak & Sea House

9016 William Penn Hwy

Huntingdon, PA 16652

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CLICK HERE to register