Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk Series: Murraydale Farms
September 8, 2021
HostSouth Central New York Dairy & Field Crops
Join Ryan and Annie Murray to learn how they have adapted New Zealand style grazing to manage their 90-cow organic Jersey herd in Truxton, NY. The Murrays combine seasonal calving and once-a-day milking with management intensive rotational grazing to minimize costs and save labor. Karen Hoffman, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service grazing specialist, will lead the group in a discussion about nutrition for grazing herds and ration balancing on pasture based on seasonal changes in the grass.
Healthy, Hardy Heifers! Virtual Series Fall 2021
October 1, 2021
October 8, 2021
October 15, 2021
October 22, 2021
October 29, 2021
November 5, 2021
November 12, 2021
November 19, 2021
: Healthy, Hardy Heifers!
CCE Regional Ag Teams are excited to offer this NEW heifer series! Join us VIRTUALLY for an 8-week series on heifer management topics from post-weaning to calving! This series will be offered virtually via Zoom every Friday starting October 1st, 2021, at 12:00 pm EST. Sessions will be ~30 - 45 minutes in length, with a question period at the end.
Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F
October 13, 2021
October 20, 2021
October 27, 2021
: Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F
A three-part series for farms that are already filing a Schedule F covering tax planning and goals, handling farm profits/losses, and strategies to improve your tax position while also working positively with your accountant/tax preparer.
Farm Financial Records for Decision Making and Tax Management
December 2, 2021
A primer for beginning farmers, or a tune-up for those already in production, on recording income and annual expenses, capital expenditures and depreciation with additional information covering loans & credit card or revolving loan payments, sales of business assets, and deducting losses.
From Our Team to Yours: COVID-19 Resources for Dairy Farmers
Regional Team Operations During COVID-19Click here for an operations update.
Dairy Acceleration Program Funds Available
- 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
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2018 Drug Residue Prevention ManualFor 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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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
ProDairy Forage ManagementAre you prepared to change your routine this spring?
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
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
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 ProgramNYSERDA 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.
For more information and the NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit Program Application click here