Organic Dairy Discussion Group: Summer Meeting in Eastern NY
July 11, 2022
10am - 3pm
HostSouth Central New York Dairy & Field Crops
Organic Dairy Discussion Group Meeting
Monday, July 11, 2022
10:00am - 12:00pm
Sheffer's Grassland Dairy
74 Sheffer Rd, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
1:00pm - 3:00pm
187 Burgess Rd, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
Join Eric Sheffer and Eric Ziehm to tour their operations, discuss the 2022 crop/grazing season, and talk about strategies for managing input costs.
Lunch will be provided, sponsored by Stoneyfield and our hosts.
Whole-Farm Webinar Series
January 9, 2024
January 16, 2024
January 23, 2024
January 30, 2024
February 6, 2024
February 13, 2024
February 20, 2024
February 27, 2024
March 5, 2024
March 12, 2024
Join us for this series on enhancing farm efficiency. Explore innovative practices and cutting-edge technologies to optimize feeding and management.
To register: https://cals.cornell.edu/whole...
Northeast Dairy Management Conference
March 6 - March 7, 2024
East Syracuse, NY
The upcoming conference will center around the theme of Embracing Opportunities for a Viable Future. The sessions will be focused on strategies that can be utilized to initiate progress, invoke enthusiasm, and develop new leadership strategies to tackle challenges and capitalize on opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from experts in their respective fields, network with peers, and gain valuable insights into the latest topics and developments in the dairy industry. The conference will provide a platform for attendees to share their experiences, exchange ideas, and collaborate on innovative solutions to the challenges that lie ahead.
2024 Spring Safety Meeting with Dairy Support Services
March 8, 2024
This meeting is targeted at both experienced and new farm workers who are operating trucks and ag equipment while applying manure and harvesting crops.
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
Cornell Cow Convos - New PodcastOn-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
- 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
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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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