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January 2018

NYCO (NY Certified Organic) Meeting

January 9, 2018
10 am - 2 pm
Geneva, NY

New York Certified Organic Sets 2018 Winter Program Series:
Crop Rotations, Quality Forage Harvest, Pastured Hogs, Farm Startup 

New York Certified Organic (NYCO) has announced its 2018 series of Winter Meetings with a January 9 session on crop rotations with a presentation on Ag-Analytics.org, February 13 focus on harvesting quality forage, and a March 13 spotlight on adding pastured hogs to a diversified dairy or crop business and general farm start-up opportunities.

The free-to-attend NYCO meetings begin at 10 AM in Jordan Hall at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and provide organic crop growers and dairy farmers together with the opportunity to learn from presenters and network. There is no need to register for meetings. 

Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch.

2018 SCNY Dairy Manager's Discussion Group Kick-off Meeting

January 10, 2018
Noon - 3pm
Cortland, NY

The Dairy Manager Discussion Group will start out 2018 with a Kick-off Meeting at the Cortland County Office Building.  

Topics include an Outlook on Dairy as well as an Update on Labor Regulations.

Speakers:   Dr Andy Novakovic, Cornell University
Tom Maloney, Cornell University


No-Till Discussion Group

January 11, 2018
4 pm - 6 pm
Lansing, NY

Please join with other no-tillers to share experiences. Jim Hershey has been practicing no-till for 25 years+ and cover cropping for 15. He owns and operates a 600 Ac livestock and grain farm located in Elizabethtown, PA & has been operating a Crop Mgt Service that covers several thousand acres. Jim recently installed a ZRX roller on this corn planter to be able to roll and plant into green cover. This has helped reduce weed pressure, less herbicide, build organic matter while conserving moisture and nutrients. Featuring: Jim Hershey, President of the Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance


We will meet in the Conference Room over the Rotary Parlor

Come as you are! Barn clothes are fine.

Please RSVP to Janice if you plan to come - click registration.

 or @ 607-391-2672 or jgd3@cornell.edu.

Hemp Permit Discussion Group

January 17, 2018
1pm-3pm
Binghamton, NY

Now that you have your permit ~ What's next?
Join us for an informal discussion for sharing and next steps!

Winter Crop Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 24, 2018
9 am - 10 am Tradeshow, 10am - 3:30 pm Program
Ithaca, NY

Winter Crop Meeting
CCA and 2 DEC credits are in application.
This meeting features an array of topics important to dairy and field crop producers. Since incidences of  Hazardous algal Blooms in nearby Finger Lakes and lakes across NYS are on the rise, Karl Czymmek, keynote speaker will discuss Harmful Algal Blooms and where the ag community goes from here.  

February 2018

2018 Cow Comfort Conference

February 6 - February 7, 2018
Liverpool, NY

Topics Include:
The importance of maximizing cow comfort and the role of animal welfare in the dairy industry
Preparing for the worst (animal abuse allegations and emergencies)
Cow comfort and economics of robotic milking herds
Cow comfort in the maternity pen
Cow cooling vs. barn ventilation

Speakers Include:
Dr. Katy Proudfoot, Ohio State University
Dr. Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph
Jason Karszes, Cornell University
Curt Gooch, Cornell University


SCNY Dairy Manager Discussion Group Tour to WNY

February 13, 2018
10 am- 3pm
Newark, NY

SCNY Dairy Manager Discussion Group Tour to WNY
YOU MUST CONTACT BETSY HICKS FOR REGISTRATION:
bjh246@cornell.edu
607.391.2673


Heifer Workshop - How to Make Decisions on Who to Keep, Genetics and Record Keeping

February 15, 2018
Registration: 9:30, Program: 10-3pm
Ithaca, NY

Heifer Workshop - How to Make Decisions on Who to Keep, Genetics and Record Keeping
How to Make Decisions on Who to Keep, Genetics and Record Keeping

Topics include:
Economics of heifer programs
Record keeping and tracking heifer programs with dairy comp
Decision making based on genetics

March 2018

2018 NOFA ORGANIC DAIRY & FIELD CROP CONFERENCE

March 6, 2018

Spring Safety Meeting

March 9, 2018
9:00 a.m. registration
Cortland, NY

Spring Safety Meeting

Herd Manager School

March 15 - March 22, 2018
9:30 registration, program 10 am - 3 pm
Tully, NY

Herd Manager School will be offered as a 2-day program, held one week a part from each other.  The School will include morning classroom sessions as well as afternoon hands-on, on-farm learning.  
Topics: Transition Cow Health and Management
Transition Cow Facilities
Demonstration of Health Management Concepts
Antibiotic Stewardship and Protocols
Cull Cow Management
How to Use Your Local Vet
Body Condition Scoring During Transition Period
Case Studies on Antibiotic Residues

SCNY Dairy Manager Discussion Group Tour to Skaneateles

March 20, 2018
10 am- 3pm
Skaneateles, NY

YOU MUST CONTACT BETSY HICKS FOR REGISTRATION:
bjh246@cornell.edu
607.391.2673



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Winter Crop Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 24, 2018
9 am - 10 am Tradeshow, 10am - 3:30 pm Program
Ithaca, NY

CCA and 2 DEC credits are in application.
This meeting features an array of topics important to dairy and field crop producers. Since incidences of  Hazardous algal Blooms in nearby Finger Lakes and lakes across NYS are on the rise, Karl Czymmek, keynote speaker will discuss Harmful Algal Blooms and where the ag community goes from here.  

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2018 Cow Comfort Conference

February 6 - February 7, 2018

Liverpool, NY

Topics Include:
The importance of maximizing cow comfort and the role of animal welfare in the dairy industry
Preparing for the worst (animal abuse allegations and emergencies)
Cow comfort and economics of robotic milking herds
Cow comfort in the maternity pen
Cow cooling vs. barn ventilation

Speakers Include:
Dr. Katy Proudfoot, Ohio State University
Dr. Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph
Jason Karszes, Cornell University
Curt Gooch, Cornell University

Register here

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SCNY Dairy Manager Discussion Group Tour to WNY

February 13, 2018
10 am- 3pm
Newark, NY

YOU MUST CONTACT BETSY HICKS FOR REGISTRATION:
bjh246@cornell.edu
607.391.2673


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Announcements

Penn State Offers Technology Tuesday Dairy Webinars



Technology Tuesday
Webinar Series
January 9, 2018 - Cleaning and Maintaining Milking Systems
Clean, well-maintained milking systems minimize negative effects on milk quality and udder health.

Dr. Ernest Hovingh will share basic milking system cleaning and maintenance concepts and provide additional tips on this important - but sometimes over-looked - aspect of producing high-quality milk on today's dairy farms, whether 50 or 3,500 cows are being milked.


January 23, 2018 - 2017 PDMP Corn Silage Trails and Handling Silage Leachate
The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) and Penn State Extension have been conducting corn silage trails throughout the state for several years. This webinar will share the results from this year's plots around Pennsylvania and look at how to address and handle the issue of silage leachate.


February 6, 2018 - Big Data
Big Data has the potential to change the way dairy farmers operate in the future. This webinar will discuss what big data is and what dairy farmers need to know to protect their data, and provide a practice example of how big data can be used on the dairy.


This series of webinars are geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals.

All Technology Tuesday webinars are from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM EST and will be recorded to be viewed at a later date

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://psu.zoom.us/j/248358814


All Tech Tuesdays:
https://extension.psu.edu/technology-tuesdays


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. 

http://www.americanagriculturist.com/dairy/guiding-next-gen-dairy-graziers-win-win

2017 Corn Silage Update: Potential Fiber Quality

A message from Kevin Putnam, Dairy Specialist with Dupont-Pioneer

Everyone,

Over the last couple of weeks I have been asked multiple times, what will 2017 corn silage quality be like given the rain we have had so far, and is there anything we can do about it? The answer, as always, it depends. The reason it depends is mainly due to three factors, pollination, current inventory, and progress of the current crop. All of which are variable given drought conditions in areas last year, and delayed planting for many this year. In this email I hope to explain what corn silage quality could potentially be, and what management strategies could be utilized to improve it.

What is the potential NDFd of 2017 corn silage?

If we are only considering the fiber portion, which we would be with NDFd, then we have the potential to be disappointed. Corn silage NDFd is determined pre-silk, this is when the plant is building structure in the form of fiber, lignin, and cross linking (rebar that ties it all together). Once the plant goes reproductive its main focus is its offspring, the ear, this is why we typically see little to no plant growth after pollination. The main factors that affect corn silage fiber digestibility are moisture, sunlight, and heat (in that order). Dr. Mike VanAmburgh has said that moisture has a 7x greater the effect on NDFd when compared to sunlight and heat. Even though we have a lot of corn at different growing stages around the countryside right now, itís pretty safe to say that most of the pre-silk growth has come during wet conditions. Not that I have to remind anyone, but this comes after one the worst droughts on record in 2016, and with that record high NDFd levels. So we are looking at potentially having 2017 corn silage be a complete 180 from 2016, from an NDFd standpoint.   (read more: https://nydairyadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_491.pdf)




Grazing Heifers - An Opportunity for Large Dairy Farms

Grazing Heifers - An Opportunity for Large Dairy Farms

CONTENTS: An Overview of economics and 10 Fact Sheets covering the resources required to operate a
farm owned heifer grazing system or contracting with a Custom Grazer.

1. Grazing Management
2. Nutrition
3. Animal Control and Movement
4. Infrastructure: Fencing
5. Infrastructure: Water
6. Immunity and Vaccination
7. Fly Control
8. Avoiding Pasture Pitfalls
9. Grazing Checklist
10. Custom Grazing Contract

WRITTEN BY: FAY BENSON, GRAZING EDUCATOR, SCNY DAIRY TEAM

Additional Authors:
Dr. Sam Leadley-Attica Vet Clinic
John Conway-Cornell Pro Dairy
Kara Dunn-Freelance Writing,Mannsville, NY

Through the combined use of Management Intensive Grazing and winter confinement, Dairy Farmers can raise heifers that fit their operations through:
  • Reduced Cost of Feed and Labor
  • Targeted Growth Goals
  • Increased Fitness due to Exercise
  • Decreased Post Calving Metabolic Problems
Full PDF Version: https://nydairyadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_439.pdf


Grazing Heifers - An Opportunity for Large Dairy Farms

Grazing Heifers - An Opportunity for Large Dairy Farms

CONTENTS: An Overview of economics and 10 Fact Sheets covering the resources required to operate a
farm owned heifer grazing system or contracting with a Custom Grazer.

1. Grazing Management
2. Nutrition
3. Animal Control and Movement
4. Infrastructure: Fencing
5. Infrastructure: Water
6. Immunity and Vaccination
7. Fly Control
8. Avoiding Pasture Pitfalls
9. Grazing Checklist
10. Custom Grazing Contract

WRITTEN BY: FAY BENSON, GRAZING EDUCATOR, SCNY DAIRY TEAM

Additional Authors:
Dr. Sam Leadley-Attica Vet Clinic
John Conway-Cornell Pro Dairy
Kara Dunn-Freelance Writing,Mannsville, NY

Through the combined use of Management Intensive Grazing and winter confinement, Dairy Farmers can raise heifers that fit their operations through:
  • Reduced Cost of Feed and Labor
  • Targeted Growth Goals
  • Increased Fitness due to Exercise
  • Decreased Post Calving Metabolic Problems
Full PDF Version: https://nydairyadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_439.pdf


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.

Eligibility
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


$25M for Southern Tier Agriculture

ALBANY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the release of program criteria for the $25 million Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program. The eligibility requirements are now available online at www.agriculture.ny.gov. The program will provide crucial funding for projects designed to help farms and agribusinesses expand and grow their operations, as well as increase environmental enhancements in Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins and Tioga counties. Applications will be available beginning January 19, 2016.

"New York's agriculture industry is an economic engine in upstate communities - driving growth and expanding opportunity," Governor Cuomo said. "I'm proud to announce $25 million in State funding for the Agriculture Industry Enhancement Program which will provide vital support to all farmers and agribusinesses in the Southern Tier and keep New York's agricultural economy growing."

Eligible projects will increase agricultural production on farms and improve profitability, as well as support farmers in better managing and enhancing environmental resources. Projects that are awarded State funding may receive up to $100,000 to help with expenses associated with construction, renovation, irrigation, drainage, environmental enhancements, fencing, trellis systems and greenhouses. Eligible applicants that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to protecting or enhancing natural resources, may also be entitled to an additional $10,000 toward their project.

The Department of Agriculture and Markets will work in coordination with the County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) to administer the program. The SWCDs will pre-qualify projects and oversee the implementation of awards. Awards will be made on a semi-annual basis for a period of two years or until funding is depleted. Applications will be available and filed locally through each respective county SWCD. To find a list of the SWCDs, click here.

Applicants must meet the Department's definition of a farm operation and meet additional criteria as outlined in the program criteria, including participation in the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management program within the past three years, or a commitment to participate in the program prior to being awarded.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "The Governor's targeted initiative to invest in this 11-county area is a big win for agriculture, and we're excited to provide applicants the details of the program and begin to accept their proposals in a few weeks. The funding being made available will have a significant impact on the future success of many farms and agribusinesses that are looking to increase production as well as their environmental sustainability."

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Patty Ritchie said, "Preserving our State's farmland is so important to ensuring New York's agriculture industry has the room it needs to thrive and grow. I'm pleased that farmers and agribusiness owners will soon be able to take advantage of this special program, which will not only provide them with the support they need to make their operations more successful, but also will help them to enhance their land's environmental protections."

Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Assemblyman Bill Magee said, "The funding for farms and farm businesses announced by Governor Cuomo today will encourage sustainable growth, giving farmers in the 11-county area an opportunity to invest in the protection of farmland and natural resources, while enhancing increased agricultural production in the Southern Tier."

-NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

https://www.morningagclips.com/25m-for-southern-tier-agriculture/?utm_content=articles&utm_campaign=NLCampaign&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_term=newsletteredition&utm_medium=email

2016 Residue Prevention Manual for Dairy Producers

The National Milk Producers Federation has released the 2016 Residue Prevention manual for dairy producers. This manual gives an update of some best management practices to lower the risk if antibiotic residues in meat or milk. It also contains a list of FDA approved drugs for use in dairy cattle. This manual is available free online at:

www.nationaldairyfarm.com/sites/default/files/2016-Residue-Manual.pdf


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Dairy Acceleration Program

Plan for profitable and environmentally responsible growth! The Dairy Acceleration Program is an initiative of Governor Cuomo, in partnership with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. The program is designed to enhance profitability of NY dairy farms and to maintain a commitment to environmentally responsible growth.

For full details visit www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy


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