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  • Para ver la información en español, haga clic aquí Have you… Been working with dairy cows and are looking to increase your knowledge of reproductive management? Had some formal training or course work but want a refresher on reproductive management? Been working with the farm reproductive program but want to know more about the how,

  • February 26 – 27, 2019 Doubletree Hotel 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, New York 13057 AGENDA Topic Area 1: Lean Manufacturing Lean manufacturing is a systematic method for waste minimization within a manufacturing system without sacrificing productivity. Implementation leads to better recognition and permanent solutions to disruptions of processes.  Presentations will discuss how lean

  • 2018 Corn Silage Hybrid Test Results Corn Variety Trials page on the Soil and Crop Sciences website The corn silage hybrid evaluation program expanded to 77 hybrids in 2018. Hybrid evaluation at multiple environments helps in decision making and expands the reach of this type of data to more farmers. With this in mind Cornell,

  • Operations management on dairy farms is integral to the success of the farm business. The Operations Managers Conference provides an opportunity for people responsible for day to day activities on dairy farms to increase their management and operations skills while interacting with other managers. Four general sessions and fourteen choices of breakout sessions will offer

  • Cornell CALS PRODAIRY, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service The extended wet fall continues to frustrate field crop harvest and is starting to generate some concern for manure storage capacity. It is a violation of NYS law for any farm to cause a water quality

  • There’s still time to apply! The deadline for Academy for Dairy Executives (Academy) is extended until November 9. The next Academy will be held in Northern NY, starting in December. Academy is an education opportunity designed for progressive dairy executives and agri-service personnel to develop the necessary leadership and business management skills to lead your

  • Have you… Been working with dairy cows and are looking to increase your knowledge of reproductive management? Had some formal training or course work but want a refresher on reproductive management? Been working with the farm reproductive program but want to know more about the how, what and why? Wanted to improve the reproductive performance

  • The NYS Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets is interested in hearing from NY dairy farmers regarding the status of the dairy industry and their ideas as to improvements that could be made to various programs and institutions that impact the financial environment of dairy markets. The survey will remain open until December 3, 2018. Friends,

  • Karl Czymmek, Quirine Ketterings, Thomas Overton – Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Every bit of land surface, dairy farm fields, crop, vegetable and fruit farm fields of all types, sizes and production systems, schoolyards and sport fields, lawns, abandoned lots, roads, parking lots, stream banks, and forests, contributes non-point source nutrient runoff to

  • Navigating dairy farm decision making

    Oct. 29th meeting will highlight various decision making tools available to producers Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County and Pro-Dairy wish to invite all local dairy producers to attend the Blue Print for Change: Navigating Dairy Decision Making meeting scheduled for Monday October 29th from 12:30pm until 3:00pm at the Oneida Co. Extension Office. Dairy

  • Have you… Been working with dairy cows and are looking to increase your knowledge of reproductive management? Had some formal training or course work but want a refresher on reproductive management? Been working with the farm reproductive program but want to know more about the how, what and why? Wanted to improve the reproductive performance

  • WHEN Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – Thursday, October 18, 2018 WHERE Doubletree Hotel 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, New York 13057 REGISTRATION FEE $225 per person DON’T MISS OUT!! PRE-REGISTER BY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11! Online registration will close at 7:30 a.m on Friday, October 12. After that time, you may register onsite in Syracuse.

  • DAIRY CATTLE REPRODUCTIVE MANAGEMENT ONLINE COURSE Have you… Been working with dairy cows and are looking to increase your knowledge of reproductive management? Had some formal training or course work but want a refresher on reproductive management? Been working with the farm reproductive program but want to know more about the how, what and why? Wanted

  • Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY is partnering with Penn State Extension, Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE), and leaders in the dairy industry to host the first-ever Dairy Business Improvement and Planning Conference November 7 and 8 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey, Grantville, PA. Ag Choice Farm Credit is offering four SmartStart credits to participants. The conference

  • A great deal of time is spent on the basics of an optimum corn silage harvest. This time is justified as these steps are critical to a successful harvest, where the decisions made during a very short time period impact the farm’s production performance and economics for the upcoming year. These important decisions include harvesting

  • Introduction Biogas traditionally produced in the US by manure-based anaerobic digester (AD) systems has been used as a fuel source for engine-generator sets to produce renewable electrical energy. Recent changes in the value of renewable natural gas (RNG) stemming from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) has resulted in farms seriously evaluating the use of

  • It’s Monday morning. Your coffee maker just broke, a milker didn’t show up, a skidsteer is down (which someone needed about an hour ago), two people asked you to fix something as you walked through the door, and oh yeah, milk price still stinks. With the stress of all the things going on, maintaining a

  • The 2018 Dairy Profit Seminar Series at Empire Farm Days, sponsored by DairyBusiness, featured a presentation by Cornell University’s PRO-DAIRY Team. Dr. Tom Overton spoke about feeding strategies, Jason Karszes talked about labor efficiencies, and Dr. Jerry Bertoldo presented calf raising tips from birth to weaning. The PRO-DAIRY presentation is divided in two sections, which

  • Dairy Profit Seminars at Empire Farm Days Junior DAIRY LEADER Graduation August 7 – 9, 2018 Seneca Falls, New York CDEP Management Symposium February 26 – 27, 2019 Syracuse, New York   Reproductive Management Online Course Begins November 2018 Herd Health and Nutrition Conference April 8 – 9, 2019 Syracuse, New York Academy for Dairy

  • The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has issued a letter to New York dairy and livestock producers signed by David Smith, DVM, Director, Division of Animal Industry, with Mortality Disposal Guidance. Many of you are aware that companies that have been picking up dead stock from farms have halted pick‐ups. The NYS

  • The Dairy Profit Seminars have become a regular stop for dairy producers, dairy farm staff and agribusiness professionals at Empire Farm Days. This year’s show is slated for August 7 through 9 at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms near Seneca Falls, NY. The 2018 Dairy Profit Seminars will feature Three Dairy Herd Management Strategies

  • Forage Resources in Drought

    Recently some areas of the state received a nice shot of rain while other areas have received zero. Joe Lawrence, PRO-DAIRY Dairy Forage Systems Specialist, has been receiving questions about emergency forages and has updated a resource on Drought and Forages. At this point few options are viable as most commonly used annual forage crops

  • PRO-DAIRY e-Alert: Cooling Cows

    A visit on July 4th to a dairy farm that employs aggressive fan cooling for their dairy cows (Key Considerations – Fan Cooling Cows) reminded me how much cows really need direct evaporative cooling (sprinklers) to mitigate heat stress when summertime heat waves hit. Cows lying in their sand beds were aggressively panting and drooling

  • PRO-DAIRY e-Alert: Cooling Cows

    Cow Environmental Stress A visit on July 4th to a dairy farm that employs aggressive fan cooling for their dairy cows (Key Considerations – Fan Cooling Cows) reminded me how much cows really need direct evaporative cooling (sprinklers) to mitigate heat stress when summertime heat waves hit. Cows lying in their sand beds were aggressively

  • The New York Farm Viability Institute and PRO-DAIRY are conducting a survey to better understand the research, education and training needs of your dairy business. Your input will help us prioritize our efforts to support your business. The survey can be completed in less than 10 minutes. If you have any questions, please email Aileen

  • Corn hybrids entered into the New York and Vermont Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation program have been planted for 2018. Once again we were very pleased with the support and participation in the program. A total of 77 hybrids were entered from 17 companies, a slight increase over 2017. Each hybrid is planted at three different

  • With earnings dropping from 2017, and this becoming the fourth year of low or negative earnings for many dairy farms, understanding different financial aspects of your business is critical. A key starting point is to understand different measures of cost of production and what a break-even milk price may be for your farm. The costs

  • During first quarter of 2018, 43 farms participated in the Dairy Profit Monitor (DPM) program for the past 12 months. This DPM March 2018 data set includes farms that entered at least nine months of data within the last year and collectively averaged 836 cows. Each farm in DPM is provided graphs that includes their

  • Dairy Cow Management | Manejo de Vacas Lecheras 12:30 – 1:00 PM EST Registration is not required | No hay que registrarse Join the webinar/ Participe en el seminario June 13: The Use of Antibiotics and Vaccines | El Uso de Antibióticos y Vacunas Presenter: Francisco “Franco” Leal Yepes, DVM, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Animal

  • MPP Deadline Extended to Friday

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has extended the deadline for producers to sign up for the Farm Service Agency’s Margin Protection Program – Dairy (MPP) for one week. Signup for the safety net will continue until Friday, June 8, 2018. All dairy operations must make new coverage elections for 2018, even if the operation was enrolled

  • Spanish Wednesday Webinars | Seminarios Web en Español Dairy Cow Management | Manejo de Vacas Lecheras 12:30 – 1:00 PM EST Registration is not required | No hay que registrarse Join the webinar/ Participe en el seminario June 13: The Use of Antibiotics and Vaccines | El Uso de Antibióticos y Vacunas Presenter: Francisco “Franco”

  • Ag Workforce Compensation Survey

    Dear Dairy Producer, Would you like to know more about farm worker compensation trends? Do you want to compare and manage your compensation strategy with accurate, up-to-date, and relevant information? Then participate in the Farm Employee Compensation Benchmark! How can you participate? Gather information about one or a few of your workers for the year

  • 12:30 – 1:00 PM EST Registration is not required | No hay que registrarse Join the webinar/ Participe en el seminario May 30: Milking Routine SOPs and Mastitis identification | Entrenamiento sobre Rutinas de Ordeño e identificación de mastitis Presenter: Dr. Paula Ospina DVM, PhD, MPH, QMPS, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Presentadora: Dr. Paula

  • While spring field activities are well underway, a key deadline is approaching quickly – June 1 to participate in the MPP-Dairy program. In February 2018 Congress approved modifications to the MPP program, which potentially changed the value of the program for small to midsize dairy producers. Some of the key changes are: First tier of

  • Spanish Wednesday Webinars | Seminarios Web en Español Dairy Cow Management | Manejo de Vacas Lecheras 12:30 – 1:00 PM EST ​Registration is not required | No hay que registrarse Join the webinar/ Participe en el seminario May 30: Milking Routine SOPs and Mastitis identification | Entrenamiento sobre Rutinas de Ordeño e identificación de mastitis

  • 12:30 – 1:00 PM EST ​Registration is not required | No hay que registrarse Join the webinar/ Participe en el seminario May 30: Milking Routine SOPs and Mastitis identification | Entrenamiento sobre Rutinas de Ordeño e identificación de mastitis Presenter: Dr. Paula Ospina DVM, PhD, MPH, QMPS, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Presentadora: Dr. Paula

  • While spring tasks vary by farm, there are many “rites of spring,” and they are often completed in a fairly rigid sequence. Depending on the farm, these often include fixing fence, spreading manure, planting new seedlings, planting corn and harvesting first cutting, and are often performed in this order. We are optimistic that the upcoming

  • Environmental groups sued NYS DEC claiming that aspects of the Clean Water Act Permit (GP-0-16-002) do not meet Clean Water Act requirements. The ECL Permit was not challenged. The full implications of the April 24 NYS Supreme Court Decision are not yet known, but the Court found that the permit process should allow for more

  •  Monitoring Fresh Cows Monitoreo de Vacas Frescas April 25, 2018 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm 25 de abril del 2018 Presenter: Martín H. Zincola DVM, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University Presentador: Martin H Zincola, estudiante de doctorado en Cornell University Webinars are held from 12:30pm to 1:00pm. Registration is not required.

  • As dairy businesses across New York analyze their financial performance using the Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis Program, supported by Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension and PRO-DAIRY, the changes that occurred on farms from 2016 to 2017 can be reviewed. An important function of management is to compare how your farm changed from one

  •  Topic: Monitoring Fresh Cows Tema: Monitoreo de Vacas Frescas Presenter: Martín H. Zinicola DVM, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University Presentador: Martin H Zincola, estudiante de doctorado en Cornell University These webinars will be presented entirely in Spanish. No registration needed. Recordings will be posted to the website afterwards. Van a presentar estos

  • Topic: Monitoring Fresh Cows Tema: Monitoreo de Vacas Frescas  Presenter: Martín H. Zinicola DVM, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University Presentador: Martin H Zincola, estudiante de doctorado en Cornell University These webinars will be presented entirely in Spanish. No registration needed. Recordings will be posted to the website afterwards. Van a presentar estos

  •  Presenter: Martín H. Zinicola DVM, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University Presentador: Martin H Zincola, estudiante de doctorado en Cornell University.  These webinars will be presented entirely in Spanish. No registration needed. Recordings will be posted to the website afterwards. Van a presentar estos seminarios web completamente en español. No hay que registrarse.

  • Most farms routinely concern themselves with minimizing expenses and optimizing profits from both the animal and cropping sides of the operation. To assure that cost control strategies don’t undermine productivity; i.e. cost more than they save, it is a good idea to avoid risky choices and to use sound, science-based information when planning management options. 1) Use your

  • Manure and Road Reminder

    With warmer weather finally in the forecast, farms are poised to move a lot of manure in the coming weeks. Before transferring manure to fields, check soil conditions, tile outlets and weather forecast to see if prohibited or high risk conditions are present or if heavy or persistent rain is in the forecast. During wet

  • Tom Overton, Professor of Dairy Management, Cornell University; Director, PRO-DAIRY; Associate Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Department of Animal Science, Agriculture and Food Systems Nutritional management of hypocalcemia in transition cows continues to evolve. Dr. Overton will share the most current thinking on feeding and nutritional strategies for this important aspect of transition cow programs. Join

  • MPP Webinar on April 9

    Significant changes to the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers were made in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The Farm Service Agency has recently announced new implementation rules to accommodate the changes. Mark Stephenson and Andrew Novakovic, from the University of Wisconsin and Cornell University, will conduct a webinar to walk you through these

  • April 12 | 12:30 – 1:15 PM Tom Overton, Professor of Dairy Management, Cornell University; Director, PRO-DAIRY; Associate Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Department of Animal Science, Agriculture and Food Systems Nutritional management of hypocalcemia in transition cows continues to evolve. Dr. Overton will share the most current thinking on feeding and nutritional strategies for this

  • April 9 – 10, 2018 Doubletree by Hilton, Syracuse, NY Presented by PRO-DAIRY and Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance (NEAFA)    AGENDA  Monday, April 9, 2018 5:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Reception with Speakers and Sponsors      Tuesday, April 10, 2018 7:30 a.m. Registration and Exhibits Open 7:30 a.m. ​Networking Breakfast 8:30 a.m. Welcome 8:40 a.m.

  •   Registration closes on March 26 – register today! …been working with dairy cows and are looking to increase your knowledge of transition cow management? …had some formal training or course work but want a refresher on transition cow management? …been working with the farm transition cow program but want to know more about the how,