Research funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program
This regionally-focused project collected and analyzed data related to calf feeding and environmental conditions in different housing systems on Northern NY dairy farms in winter. The data has enhanced understanding of their impact on calf energy needs, growth, health, and farm economics.
Project leader Sarah Morrison, Ph.D., a research scientist with Miner Institute, Chazy, N.Y., noted, “Young dairy calves have limited body fat reserves and only modest insulation from their hair coat. For this Northern New York Agricultural Development Program project, we evaluated how winter calf feeding programs under different housing systems impact the substantial energy needs, growth, and health of dairy calves under Northern New York climatic conditions.”
The results of this NNYADP project have already influenced one farm that directly participated in the project to enhance its calf management practices and interest in the project is widespread.
Morrison is now sharing the NNYADP winter calf feeding project results with farmers across Northern New York.
Funding for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is supported by the New York State Legislature and administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. For more information, see www.nnyagdev.org.