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 PD-Arrow-Small e-Leader 
 March 15, 2017
 In this issue:
  • DFBS Preliminary Report #2
  • CAFO Roadshow a Success
  • Water Use Reporting Calculator
  • Veterinary Feed Directives
  • NYAAC Helps With Newsletters
  • Upcoming Programs

Preliminary Progress Report #2
Dairy Farm Business Summary (DFBS) and Analysis Program

The second preliminary Progress of the Farm DFBS report has been released. As dairy businesses across the state continue to analyze their financial and business performance utilizing the Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis Program, updated progress of the farm reports are provided to review the changes that have occurred from 2015 to 2016.

Along with reported changes from 2015, the range across selected factors for 2016 is reported in a business chart format, which reports the averages by 20% increments for each category summarized.

Highlighted ranges of performance
from the 2nd preliminary report.

   Bottom 20% Top
Milk per Cow  21,110  29,041
Milk Sold Per Worker Equivalent  844,819  1,573,528
Feed & Crop Input Expenses per Cwt.  $5.91   $8.58
Operating Costs to Produce Milk  $17.62  $12.29
Total Costs to Produce Milk  $22.25   $16.54
% Return on All Capital, w/o Appreciation  -4.7%   6.0%

Contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office to ask what resources are available to assist in analyzing your business performance.

CAFO Roadshow a Success

Turn out was strong at the CAFO Roadshow hosted by New York Farm Bureau, the Northeast Dairy Producers Association, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Agriculture and Markets and Cornell PRO-DAIRY. Four statewide seminars highlighted the changes in the recently released CAFO permits.

All CAFO farms must be covered by the new permit by July 24, 2017.

PRO-DAIRY has compiled a list of helpful links:

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Water Use Reporting Calculator

Water use reporting is required for New York State dairy farms that use large quantities of water. PRO-DAIRY has updated its Dairy Water Use “Calculator” that can be used with the NYS DEC Reporting Forms. This year’s reporting deadline is March 31, 2017.

Veterinary Feed Directives

PRO-DAIRY's Dairy Herd Health & Management Specialist, Rob Lynch, DVM, posted a Food and Drug Administration's Veterinary Feed Directive Changes e-Alert about guidance from the FDA as part of the agency’s policies on judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs.

​Melanie Hemenway, DVM, NYSCHAP Coordinator will lead The New Veterinary Feed Directive Webinar at 1 PM, March 21.

Q&A with FDA and others on VFD will be held April 5 at Ontario CCE and April 6 at Saratoga CCE.

NYAAC Offers Help With Neighbor Newsletters, Twilight Meetings

The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC) is a farmer founded and funded organization whose mission is to enhance the public’s understanding of and appreciation for animal agriculture by fostering a dialogue with consumers, engagement with farmers and cooperation among members of the industry.

PRO-DAIRY supports the work of NYAAC, and PRO-DAIRY's Karl Czymmek serves as a technical advisor on their Issues Team. In their
March 2017 quarterly update, NYAAC offers staff support for consumer outreach efforts, including Neighbor Newsletters and Twilight Farm Tours. "Recognizing that dairy farmers don’t have a lot of time or money for public relations, this newsletter service is our attempt to entice farmers to engage in a dialogue with the public, and make themselves more transparent and accessible to those around them," says Executive Director Jessica Ziehm.

Upcoming Programs
  • Thursday Dairy Updates and Wednesday Webinars in Spanish
    Registration is not required. Access the Dairy Webinars and the Spanish Dairy Webinars links on PRO-DAIRY's website.

    March 23, 2017| 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
    Managing Transition Cows During Heat Stress
    Presenter: Dr. Tom Overton, Professor of Dairy Management, Cornell University, Director, PRO-DAIRY

    March 29, 2017| 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
    Implement Effective Protocols for First Postpartum AI Service in Dairy Cattle
    Implementando Protocolos Efectivos de Manejo del Primer Servicio Postparto en Vacas de Leche
    Presenter: Matias Stangaferro, DVM, MS, PhD Student

  • Cow Comfort Conference
    Working with What You Have and Looking Towards the Future
    March 20 - 21, 2017

  • CNY Dairy Day
    Getting Cows Pregnant Puts Money in Your Pocket ​
    RESCHEDULED FROM March 14 to March 28 due to weather. Cooperstown, NY 

  • Herd Health and Nutrition Conference
    April 12, 2017
    Holiday Inn, Liverpool/Syracuse

    This conference provides an opportunity for dairy producers, veterinarians, feed industry representatives and agriservice personnel to increase their knowledge of current herd health and nutrition management techniques while interacting with other professionals.

    Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are still available.



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