Event Details


October 28 - November 15, 2014


6:30pm - 9pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings, On Farm 10am - 3 pm Saturday Nov 15


Room 361 Stocking Hall/Cornell Campus
Ithaca, NY 14850


$50.00 per person


South Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Pre-Registration Deadline: October 27, 2014


Regional Calf Management Training Workshops Video Conference

October 28 - November 15, 2014

Calf management program topics and speakers include:

Oct. 28 - Young calf care - Kim Morrill, PhD, NNY Dairy Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension, will discuss the critical first 24 hours, including impact of calving stress, the 5 "C's" colostrum, calories, cleanliness, comfort, consistency, as well as biosecurity, controlling scours, controlling respiratory disease, assessing the "off" calf and vaccination strategies.

Oct. 30 - Impact of environmental factors - Dr. Theresa Taraska, DVM, Dairy Specialist, CCE Lewis County and Curt Gooch, ProDairy Extension Associate Sr. Will discuss housing essentials, air quality, individual versus group housing, water quality, cold and heat stress and bedding choices.

Also on Oct. 30 - Operation overview with focus on data capture - This panel discussion will answer: What data are you collecting, why and how are you using it, and how are you using data in decision making. Panelists include dairy farmer Mike McMahon, DVM Dave Stockwell and organic dairy farmer Paul Tillotson.

Nov. 4 - Calf nutrition and delivery, from birth to weaning - Fernando Soberon, PhD, Technical Services Manager at Nutreco, Canada, will address feeding for biological potential, milk versus milk replacer, gut development, starter formulation, growth rates and weaning strategies.

Nov. 6  - Calf management issues - Corwin Holtz, Holtz-Nelson Dairy Consultants, LLC, will address auto feeders versus robots, acidified milk feeding, nipple selection, placement and number, starting calves in groups, cross sucking, basic economics of raising calves and economics of lost and culled heifers.

Nov. 15 - Farm Walk and Hands on Demonstrations, 10 am to 3 pm, McMahon's EZ Acres.
The local farm tour discussions will cover management of the newborn calf, environmental considerations, feeding and weaning management, sanitation of feeding articles and health strategies.

The program will be offered at regional sites through video conferencing. Participating sites include:

CCE of Saratoga County
50 West High St.
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Contact: Herkimer County CCE at herkimer@cornell.edu or (315) 866-7920

CCE of Herkimer County
5657 State Route 5
Herkimer, NY 13350
Contact: Herkimer County CCE at herkimer@cornell.edu or (315) 866-7920

Wyoming County CCE
401 North Main Street, Warsaw, 14569
Contact: (585)786-2251

Ontario County CCE
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Contact: Jerry Bertoldo at 585-281-6816, Libby Gaige at 607-793-4847
To register for either site you can also call (585)786-2251

Room 361 Stocking Hall
Cornell Campus
Ithaca, NY
Contact: Sharon VanDeuson at shv7@cornell.edu or (607) 753-5078.
Or Betsy Hicks, 518-428-2064

Extension Learning farm (CCE St. Lawrence) Canton, NY
Contact: CCE St. Lawrence
Contact Kim Morrill at (315) 379-9192

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

RSVP to Amanda at 607-753-5077.  Space is limited! Questions please call Betsy Hicks at 607-753-5213

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Farm Participants Needed for Bale Grazing Grant!

Information on the Project:  
  • Approximately 10 acres total needed to bale graze two different bale densities
  • "Core" farms will graze two winters, "Demo" farms will graze one winter.
  • Payments for both "Core" farms and "Demo" farms
  • Baseline soil sampling by bale grazing team
  • Forage measurements in early season by bale grazing team
  • Late season clipping if residual not trampled down by farm
Interested farms can enroll for this winter or next.

Looking for 2-3 dairy farms to enroll! If interested, please reach out to Betsy Hicks, 607.391.2673 or bjh246@cornell.edu 

Cornell Cow Convos - New Podcast

On-going podcast, New episodes released on the last Thursday of the month.
Guest speakers, CCE Dairy Specialists.

Housed on Soundcloud Channel is CCE Dairy Educators

  • Preventative healthcare for cows
  • The trend of beef on dairy
  • What to look forward to in the new year for dairy
  • Socially grouping or pair-housing calves

Dairy Acceleration Program Funds Available

Funds available for the
  • organization of financial records/benchmarking up to $1,000
  • continued business planning (for farms awarded in a previous year) up to $2,500
  • business planning up to $5,000
Guidelines remain the same DAP covers 80% of the cost up to the value of the award and the farm is responsible for 20%.  Visit https://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/dairy-acceleration/

2018 Drug Residue Prevention Manual

For more than 30 years, the U.S. dairy industry has focused educational efforts on the judicious use of antibiotics through the annual publication of a Best Practices Manual. The 2018 edition of the National Dairy FARM Program: Farmers Assuring Responsible Management? Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual is the primary educational tool for dairy farm managers throughout the country on the judicious and responsible use of antibiotics, including avoidance of drug residues in milk and meat.

The manual is a quick resource to review those antibiotics approved for dairy animals and can also be used as an educational tool and resource for farm managers as they develop on-farm best management practices necessary to avoid milk and meat residues. Visit the Manual and Form Library to download copies of this important tool!

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ProDairy Forage Management

Are you prepared to change your routine this spring?

By: Joe Lawrence, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and Ron Kuck, Cornell Cooperative Extension North Country Regional Ag Team

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 seedings, planting corn and harvesting first cutting, and are often performed in this order.

We are optimistic that the upcoming turn in weather will allow these task to be accomplished in a timely manner, but at this point it is time to ask yourself: Are you willing to change your spring routine?

In addition to adverse weather it is no secret that everyone is facing extremely tight economic times, and dealing with forage inventories of poor digestibility forages from 2017. This combination of factors makes it more critical than ever to be ready to tackle the task that will have the most impact on your business at the proper time.

Recent reference articles on dealing with tough times:
• Key Opportunities to Optimize 2018 Crop Production Efficiency
• Resources for Dealing with Spring Weather Delays
First Cutting
The number one focus should be on timely harvest of first cutting.
• Park the corn planter when a field of first cutting is ready for harvest.
o Monitoring 1st cut harvest timing
• Approach harvest by the acre, not by the field. Be ready to skip over a field that has passed its optimum harvest stage.
o Dynamic Harvest Schedules
• Strategically plan feed storage to best utilize forage inventories for the right group of animals.
o Strategic Forage Storage Planning
o When More is Better
Corn Planting
The window for planting for silage is generally wider than for grain, which is why first cutting can and should take priority over corn planting. However, in the event of extreme delays in planting corn, performance will diminish with late plantings. If corn planting progresses into late May or early June, begin to consider alternative options for those acres. Previous research from Cornell and Penn State suggest a 0.5 to 1 ton/acre per week decline in silage yield for planting after mid to late May.

First and foremost during a time of year that can be very busy and stressful, taking every precaution to keep your team safe is critical.

The idea of fitting all of this work into a condensed time period, and still getting key tasks completed before critical deadlines can seem impossible, but year after year many find unique ways to get it all done. Consider working with neighbors, custom operators or renting equipment to accomplish these key tasks on time.

If you currently utilize custom operators, now is a good time to set up a time to meet with them and make sure you are on the same page to get tasks accomplished in the time-frame needed. Make sure that your expectations and goals are clearly defined. They will also be under stress to fit their work into a condensed period and meet their customers' expectations, so defining expectations and pre-planning how to most efficiently get the work accomplished when the custom operator arrives can go a long way to increase the chances for success.

NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit Program

NYSERDA offers energy audits to help eligible farms and on-farm producers identify ways to save energy and money on utility bills. Reports include recommendations for energy efficiency measures.

Eligible farms include but are not limited to dairies, orchards, greenhouses, vegetables, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry/egg. The farms must also be customers of New York State investor-owned utilities and contribute to the System Benefits Charge (SBC). Please check your farmís current utility bills to see if your farm pays the SBC.

Energy Audit Options
You can request the level of energy audit that best fits your farmís needs. NYSERDA will assign a Flexible Technical Assistance Program Consultant to visit your farm and perform an energy audit at no cost to you.

For more information and the NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit Program Application click here