Event Details


July 9, 2019


11:30am - 2pm


Virgil Farms
8335 Virgil Rd
Fabius, NY 13063


This event is free.


South Central New York Dairy & Field Crops

Pre-Registration Deadline: July 9, 2019


Pasture Walk: Custom Grazing Dairy Heifers

July 9, 2019

Pasture Walk: Custom Grazing Dairy Heifers
Heifers are the foundation of a dairy enterprise, and raising replacements in confinement represents a significant investment. Grazing replacement heifers has potential to reduce the cost of replacements while improving health and productivity outcomes.

Join owner/operator Tim Virgil and CCE grazing educator Fay Benson for a pasture walk at a 40-heifer custom grazing operation. The program will cover all aspects of grazing dairy heifers, including:
  • Understanding what dairy operators need
  • Sourcing heifers
  • Transitioning heifers onto pasture
  • Grazing infrastructure and management
  • Forage and mineral supplementation
  • Economics of custom grazing
  • Developing a good contract
This program is designed for dairy producers who want to learn more about management intensive grazing. It is also intended for custom grazers and other landowners interested in setting up a heifer grazing enterprise. Participants will:
  • Learn about the production and economics of grazing dairy heifers.
  • Consider whether this enterprise would be a good fit for them.
  • Discuss proven management techniques with peers who have implemented grazing systems.
This is a free event. Please register in advance so we know how many people to expect. For questions, contact Mary Kate Wheeler by email at mkw87@cornell.edu

July 9 Pasture Walk Flyer (PDF; 708KB)











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Upcoming Events

Automated Milking System (AMS) Management Discussion Group - Homer, NY

November 12, 2019
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Homer, NY

Milk Quality Management in AMS systems will be our first topic, with future discussion group topics to include: lameness and cow comfort, milk production, AMS daily task efficiency, and AMS maintenance.
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Holistic Management Discussion Group

November 13 - February 12, 2020
11:00am - 2:00pm
LaFayette, NY

Do you ever feel stuck on a big decision at the farm? Do you wonder if your management choices are leading you in the right direction? Could you use a better process for farm planning and decision making? If so, join us for a 4-month Holistic Management Discussion Group.
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Cow Comfort Program - Freestall

December 3, 2019
9:30am - 3:00pm
Preble, NY

One day cow comfort program for freestall barns, featuring Dr Rick Grant from Miner Institute as guest speaker.
  • Economics
  • Stall design, bedding management
  • Stocking density 
  • Heat abatement
  • Assessment w/ host farm walkthrough

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2019 Hemp Events

Upcoming Hemp Events:

  • Eastern NY Hemp Growers Conference - Albany - June 3-4
  • Aurora Farm Field Day - Mid-July
  • Open House - Millsboro Research Farm - Mid-July
  • Hemp Workshop - Empire Farm Days - Aug 6-8
  • Cornell Hemp Field Day - Geneva - Aug 13
  • Long Island HREC Plant Science Day - Early Sept
  • Cornell CBD Hemp Field Day - Ithaca - Early Sept

For more information, visit:



To: Interested Parties From: Maire R. Ullrich Subject: CCE Hemp Exchange Board Information Dear Hemp Growers & Processors, Our exchange board has its first postings; plenty of interest in selling and purchasing. You can check it out at https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.cce.cornell.edu/attachments/35708/2.1.19.pdf?1549045091 

If you are interested in posting an ad, please fill out the survey at https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e35Eb3pNfpWkqhv 

Complete the survey and submit. We will then download all of the entries weekly and post online. *The NY Hemp Exchange Board is posted for your information and research purposes. Cornell Cooperative Extension does not endorse or recommend any product, service, individual, business or other entity. All "Hemp Exchanges" are posted at the discretion of CCE. "Hemp Exchanges" requests may be denied or removed at any time for any reason Maire Ullrich, MBA Agriculture Program Leader Eastern New York Horticulture Team - Vegetables Cornell University Cooperative Extension Orange County


Focus on Risk for Dairy Farmers:

Now available to watch online replay:

Webinar Presentation from Cornell University Crop Insurance and Risk Management and Education Program and Pro Dairy


New York's Dairy Farmers deal with risks all the time. Risks such as weather, labor, environmental, etc. Most farmers would agree that their largest risk is milk price. This has certainly been the case for the past four years. The USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has developed tools to help dairy farmers deal with milk price risks with varying success such as the Milk Income Loss Contract program (MILC), Dairy Margin Protection Plan (DMPP), and the improved DMPP of this year. USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) has also had tools to help dairy farmers not as popular since there needs to be communication between a crop insurance agent and the farm and there is usually a higher cost associated with these policies but the protection is also higher.

Originally recorded on Thursday January 24th, this webinar features dairy farmer Ron Robbins of North Harbor Dairy in Sackets Harbor NY. And Ed Gallagher, President of DFA Risk Management.
Ron has used many tools to manage milk price risks on his dairy over the years including those from FSA and RMA and also buying contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. During the webinar he will relay some of these experiences and which tools he uses now for his farm's milk protection.

Ed Gallagher will review RMA's new "Dairy Revenue Protection" policy. This is a new policy developed with the help of the American Farm Bureau. It is closer to the crop insurances offered for field crops and has helped that industry manage risks for a number of years.

Fay Benson, who works with Cornell University Crop Insurance and Risk Management and Education Program will host the webinar and indicate where more information can be found on the Dairy Revenue Protection Policy.

New Paraquat Certified Applicator Training Available

Paraquat Certified Applicator Training to Prevent Poisonings Now Available | US EPA



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!


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.

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Western New York Dairy Farmers Kim Shaklee and Janice Brown make the news with their successful Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship match. Kim and Janice are Master Graizers, and they are working hard with their Apprentice, Travis Belmore and preparing Lauren La Mar for an official Apprenticeship. 


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

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