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November 2020

Troubleshooting Herd Health Issues on Your Dairy podcast series

The Troubleshooting Herd Health Issues podcast series launches today. Episodes will be released weekly and discuss specific areas to look at when experiencing issues in different life stages of the dairy cow, including preweaned calves, transition through weaning, heifer phase, calving pen issues, metabolic disorders of the transition cow, specific fresh cow issues, lactating cow issues from mastitis, issues with reproduction, production, feeding behavior and facilities, hoof health and lameness, and problems during the dry period.

Series Introduction: Available November 30
Dr. Rob Lynch, PRO-DAIRY Herd Health and Dairy Management Specialist, and Betsy Hicks, Cornell Cooperative Extension Regional Dairy Specialist, describe the importance of managing dairy cows to optimize herd health.

Episode 1: Pre-Weaned Calves (Part 1)
In this episode, CCE Regional Dairy Specialists Alycia Drwencke and Margaret Quaassdorff discuss trouble shooting herd health issues surrounding pre-weaned calf health. This episode will troubleshoot topics that include scours, growth rate, respiratory disease, and facility management.

2020 Corn silage performance data released
Yield and quality performance data of 90 hybrids from 17 different seed brands entered into the 2020 NY VT Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation Program are reported in the Full Report: 2020 New York & Vermont Corn Silage Hybrid Trial Results. The report provides general insights of what to expect when feeding corn silage produced in the 2020 growing season as well as specific data on individual hybrid performance. Joe Lawrence, PRO-DAIRY, also released an overview of 2020 Corn Silage.

National Mastitis Council teat lesion survey
The Teat Health Committee initiated a project at the 2020 National Mastitis Council meeting to gather information on herds facing a persistent problem with greater than five percent of their cows having one or more teats with an open lesion (as defined by the Teat Club International Scoring System). If you are associated with a herd with this type of problem please complete a National Mastitis Council member survey, listed under the member center, and then Teat Condition Portfolio and environmentally induced changes. All information submitted will be compiled and presented at a future Teat Health Committee without revealing the identity of the submitters. Non-members can contact Paul Virkler, DVM, Teat Health Committee Vice-chairperson.

USDA Dairy Safety-Net Program offers flexible coverage options

2021 Enrollment Deadline is Dec. 11

View the Press Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds dairy producers that the deadline to enroll in Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) for calendar year 2021 is Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened DMC signup in October to help producers manage economic risk brought on by milk price and feed cost disparities.

“2020 has been a challenging year for agricultural producers, and we don't know yet what the next year will bring,” FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. “Dairy producers should definitely consider coverage for 2021 as even the slightest drop in the margin can trigger payments.”

For more information, visit the DMC webpage or contact your local USDA Service Center. To locate your local FSA office, visit

New York Animal Agriculture Coalition runs dairy advertisements
Do you have Spectrum News? If so, keep an eye out this holiday season, from now until January 3, for the new 60 second and 30 second spots brought to you by the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition and New York dairy farmers.

NYAAC collaborated with Spectrum News and Corning Place Communications to develop and run the spots in five media markets, including Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, CNY, and Hudson Valley. Funds were re-allocated from the State Fair to create these ads that encourage dairy consumption during the holiday season by the Dairy Promotion Order (DPO) Board.

View the spots here:
60 second spot
30 second spot

Virtual Feed Dealers Seminars
December 9, 2020
Morning Session: 8:00 - 10:30 AM
Evening Session: 6:30 - 9:00 PM

The Feed Dealer Seminars are specifically targeted for nutritionists, veterinarians, crop and management consultants, extension educators, and dairy producers with specific interest in nutrition-oriented topics. Presentations blend the latest concepts in feeding and other management aspects of dairies with field level application. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration for Feed Dealers Seminar is required. Links to join the live presentations will be shared after submitting registration.

PRO-DAIRY Forage Management Online Course

Held January 15 through March 15, 2021

Cornell PRO-DAIRY is offering a seven-week online Forage Management Course January 15 through March 15, 2021. Registration is $265.00 per person. A discount of $25 applies for registrations competed before January 2.

Link to Forage Management Course information

The Forage Management Course will begin with agronomic factors that influence forage quality and follow key strategies for harvest, preservation and feed out of quality feed. It will be valuable for decision makers and key employees in the cropping and feeding system on the farm. The course will include a mix of basic “101” level material combined with more advanced concepts and recent research findings.

Operations Managers Virtual Conference Series
January 28 to February 18, 2021

Operations management on dairy farms is integral to success of the farm business. Presented by Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association, Operations Managers Conference provides an opportunity for the people responsible for day to day activities on dairy farms to increase their management and operations skills. Join us for a four-week virtual event featuring educational topics and applicable strategies for management teams, whether your focus is managing cows, crops or people. Registration is $100 per person.

Link to Operations Managers Course information

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