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The Manager December

The latest issue of PRO-DAIRY's The Manager, published by Progressive Dairyman, is production focused, including production management strategies, business planning and cost cutting measures.

Safe, productive and engaged from day one
By Richard Stup

Investment decision making in an economic downturn
By Anna Richards

Dairy Profit Monitor quarterly report tracks financial performance
By Ashley Howlett

Labor allocation – Where is time spent on the dairy?
By Ashley Howlett

Baby, it’s cold outside! Winter calf care
By Kathy Barrett and Jerry Bertoldo

Making pathogen-based mastitis treatment protocols work for many dairies
By Amy Vasques

Dietary management of subclinical hypocalcemia with zeolite A
By Allison Kerwin and Thomas Overton

NYS Department of Ag and Markets Survey

The NYS Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets is interested in hearing from NY dairy farmers regarding the status of the dairy industry and their ideas as to improvements that could be made to various programs and institutions that impact the financial environment of dairy markets. The survey will remain open until December 31, 2018.


Thank you for your commitment and contribution to producing dairy in New York State.

As you know, we have seen tremendous growth in the production of milk over the last couple of years, ranking New York as #3 in milk production in the nation. This increase in production creates an opportunity for us to work collaboratively to better understand New York consumers and to collectively brand our dairy products as world-class, with our shared goal of increasing consumption of all dairy products in New York.

We have created the following anonymous survey as a forum to share thoughts on what such an effort might look like. As this survey is anonymous, we will not have the ability to track who responds to the survey. The survey is expected to take a short time to complete but you will have up to 120+ days to complete it. The survey will close at midnight on 12/31/18 and once complete the results will be summarized and thereafter presented to the Milk Marketing Advisory Council. The summarized results will also be available for you to view at any time from our website.

Thank you for your continued commitment to New York State’s Dairy Industry!

Commissioner Richard A. Ball
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

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Upcoming Webinars

2018 Corn Silage Hybrid Test Results
New York and Vermont Corn Silage Hybrid Tests

12:30-1:15 pm, January 31, 2019 | Join the Webinar
Presenter: Joe Lawrence, MS, CCA, Dairy Forage Systems Specialist, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY

If you are looking to get a sense of what silage hybrids performed well this year before your seed order for 2019,  join us for this webinar. The 2018 corn silage hybrid evaluation program included 77 hybrids from 17 companies. With this number of hybrids evaluated at multiple locations across New York and Vermont, the resulting information provides a useful decision making tool.

Wednesday Webinars (in Spanish)
Dairy Cow Management

Seminarios Web en Español- Días Miércoles Manejo de Vacas Lecheras

The movement of cows to and from the parlor
“El movimiento de vacas hacia y desde la parla”

12:30-1 pm, January 30, 2019 | 30 de enero de 2019
Join the webinar/ Participe en el seminario

Presenter: Dr. Paula Ospina DVM, PhD, MPH, QMPS, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine
Presentadora: Dr. Paula Ospina, DVM, PhD, MPH, Doctora Veterinaria en el departamento de servicios de producción de leche de buena calidad de la universidad de Cornell.

Upcoming Programs

Feed Dealer Seminars
December 10 - 14, 2018
6 sites in New York and 1 in Vermont

Succession Planning Kickoff Seminar for Farm Businesses
December 14, 2018
Syracuse, New York

This year’s conference will focus on addressing challenges surrounding farm business succession planning, including tax, legal and estate implications, family communication, and financial issues. Speakers will include Steve Walker, Esq., Erica Leubner, MSW, of NY FarmNet, and John Lehr of Farm Credit East, as well as a producer panel.

Operations Managers Conference
Building a Productive Culture - Cows, Crops and People

January 22 - 23, 2019
Syracuse, New York

Operations management on dairy farms is integral to farm business success. The Operations Managers Conference provides an opportunity for people responsible for day to day activities to increase their management and operations skills while interacting with other managers. Four general sessions and 14 choices of breakout sessions will offer valuable continuing education and applicable strategies for your team, whether their focus is cows, crops or people. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available.

CDEP Management Symposium
February 26 - 27, 2019
Syracuse, New York

Herd Health and Nutrition Conference
April 8 - 9, 2019
Syracuse, New York

Dairy cross bred calf - an opportunity for the dairy and beef industries?

The dairy sector has struggled for several years with decreased milk prices and in some cases loss of a milk market. On January 18, 2019 the New York Beef Producer’s Association will present a day long session in Syracuse on the cross bred dairy calf. Speakers will include farmers and extension professionals, along with PRO-DAIRY's Jason Karszes, Farm Business Management, and Rob Lynch, DVM, Dairy Herd Health and Management.

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