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  • 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,

  • Spanish Wednesday Webinars | Seminarios Web en Español 12:30 – 1:00 PM EST Registration is not required | No hay que registrarse March 28 – Moving Cows and Cow Behavior | 28 de marzo – Manejo de Vacas Lecheras Presenter: Collin McCarthy, Cargill, Tech Support. Collin will share his knowledge and experience in moving and

  • Tighter and likely negative margins on many dairy farms now and for much of 2018 make it even more critical for dairy producers to focus their management skills on making sure that their herd management is “being all that it can be.” In a previous paper we outlined “Ten Low Investment, High Return Management Opportunities on Dairy Farms.”

  • Introduction Mastitis is one of the costliest diseases for the U.S. Dairy Industry, and management decisions that may affect mastitis risk are considered carefully. One such decision is the choice of a bedding substrate that helps keep cows clean and comfortable. Maintaining good udder hygene does reduce mastitis risk. Several bedding options are available, and

  • New York Farm Bureau with support from Northeast Dairy Producers Association and PRO-DAIRY continue to work with NYS DEC to address challenges with the new regulations for waste tire usage. While discussions continue and progress is being made, the implementation deadline (May 2018) is approaching and many farms are taking steps to comply. We should

  • PRO-DAIRY: Upcoming Programs 2018

    Herd Manager Training Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY is offering a two-day Herd Manager Training in March on-farm at locations statewide. The Herd Manager Training locations in Northern NY on March 12 & 19 and 13 & 20 and in Central NY on March 15 & 22 still have openings. The regional program will include a combination

  • April 9 – 10, 2018 Doubletree by Hilton, Syracuse, NY Presented by PRO-DAIRY and Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance (NEAFA) Register before March 20 and save! Join other feed industry representatives, agriservice personnel, veterinarians, and dairy producers to increase your knowledge of current herd health and nutrition management techniques.    AGENDA  Monday, April 9, 2018

  • TRANSITION COW MANAGEMENT ONLINE COURSE Have you… …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, what

  • Spanish and English Webinars Scheduled

    Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY’s webinar series continues with webinars in Spanish on Wednesdays and in English on Thursdays. Webinars are free and registration is not required. For further information, contact Kathryn Barrett at [email protected] or 607.229.4357.   The Spanish Webinar is from 12:30 to 1:00 PM, February 28, 2018 and features Practical Considerations for Feeding Dairy

  • Have you… …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, what and why? …wanted to improve

  • April 9 – 10, 2018 Doubletree by Hilton, Syracuse, NY Presented by PRO-DAIRY and Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance (NEAFA) Join other feed industry representatives, agriservice personnel, veterinarians, and dairy producers to increase your knowledge of current herd health and nutrition management techniques.    AGENDA  Monday, April 9, 2018 5:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Reception with Speakers

  • Herd Manager Training

    Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY is offering a two-day Herd Manager Training in March at four on-farm locations statewide. The regional program will include a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk-throughs and discussion, and is eligible for FSA Borrower Credits. Registration is $75.00, and includes program, materials and lunch. More information is available online at: prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/regional-programs/herd-manager-training.  

  • The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on February 1 granted EPA’s motion to delay (“stay”) air emission reporting requirements for livestock operations until May 1, 2018. We hope that this will give the agency, and perhaps Congress, time to help provide additional clarity to the situation. EPA reports: Farms with

  • Transition Cow Management Online Course

    Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY Online Course Transition Cow Management  Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY is offering a seven-week Transition Cow Management online course April 2 through May 18, 2018. The course targets dairy business on-farm personnel who are seeking to increase their knowledge of transition cow management. Participants should possess a formal or informal background in dairy cattle

  • Request for Proposals – 2019 Pre-Conference Symposium REMINDER – DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS APRIL 1 The annual Cornell Nutrition Conference is designed to provide industry leading research and information to feed industry professionals and nutritional consultants. We welcome sponsorship of the pre-conference symposium from companies who have demonstrated support of the Conference’s mission.  Sponsorship guidelines

  • Presented by PRO-DAIRY and Northeast Agribusiness & Feed Alliance April 10, 2018 – Doubletree by Hilton – East Syracuse, New York The Herd Health and Nutrition Conference provides an opportunity for dairy producers, veterinarians, feed industry representatives and agriservice personnel to increase their knowledge of current herd health and nutrition management techniques while interacting with other professionals.

  • Separating sand & solids; Draglines; Hauling; Storages below & above ground; Pumping; Satellite Lagoons Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:30 registration, Program 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Greenwich Elks Lodge, 130 Bulson Rd., Greenwich, NY Early-Bird Registration $50 by January 24, 2018 $65 after January 24, 2018 SPEAKERS: Curt Gooch, Cornell Pro-Dairy Program Peter Wright, retired engineer, NRCS

  • PROGRESS THROUGH CHANGING TIMES Join us at the 2018 Northeast Dairy Producers Conference on March 7 – 8, 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY. Dynamic and informative general sessions are supplemented with breakout sessions addressing current industry topics. Industry sponsored pre-conference presentations have been added for even more educational offerings. Networking is the bonus

  • Manure Spreading: PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

    NYSDEC is warning farmers to be aware of the current and rapidly changing weather conditions. We are entering a very risky time for manure applications. The National Weather Service is predicting substantial snowmelt and periods of rain in many parts of the state. Rainfall on snowpack will saturate soils and creates a high risk for

  • NY Waste Tire Usage on Farms

    NY Farm Bureau: In September, the Department of Environmental Conservation released the final regulations for Part 360 (Solid Waste Management), including limits on storage of waste tires while allowing for “beneficial use” of tires to hold down covers with certain restrictions for on-farm uses. With increasing public health concerns about zika and other serious diseases

  • With record snowfalls in Pennsylvania and Western New York, along with frigid temperatures in the Northeast and Midwest, the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is urging all those involved in snow removal and cleanup to take precautions and focus on safety. Workers performing snow removal operations may be exposed to serious

  • Thursday Dairy Update Webinar: Cow Comfort on NY Tiestall and Freestall Dairies January 25, 2018 | 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Presenter: Lindsay Ferlito, MS, Regional Dairy Specialist, North Country Regional Ag Team, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Lindsay Ferlito will share the results of two cow comfort studies on NY dairy farms. One project looked

  • Northeast Dairy Producers Conference

    PROGRESS THROUGH CHANGING TIMES Join us at the 2018 Northeast Dairy Producers Conference on March 7 – 8, 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY. Dynamic and informative general sessions are supplemented with breakout sessions addressing current industry topics. Industry sponsored pre-conference presentations have been added for even more educational offerings. Networking is the bonus

  • Joe Lawrence, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY Preliminary data from Cumberland Valley Analytical Services has been received and PRO-DAIRY has released a preliminary New York & Vermont Corn Silage Hybrid Trials report containing the data tables and basic information. Release of data analysis and predicted milk yields with the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System (CNCPS) model

  • Anaerobic Digestion Shortcourse

    Industry leading professionals will provide the latest information on practical digester management and decision making backed up with science and engineering to maximize economic and environmental benefits including . WHO SHOULD ATTEND System Operators  ▪  System Designers  ▪  Service Providers  ▪  Dairy Producers  ▪  Consulting Engineers  ▪  Extension Specialists  ▪  Local, State and Government Officials

  • Air Emissions Update: Reporting Delayed Until at Least January 22, 2018   Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted EPA’s motion for a further stay of its April 11, 2017 decision, which will end the 2008 manure air emission exemption, and trigger air emission reports under the Comprehensive Environmental Response,