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July 2019

Empire Farm Days Dairy Profit Seminars

The Empire Farm Days Dairy Profit Seminars, August 6 through 8 in Seneca Falls, will provide money-saving, latest trend, and practical strategies to the industry. The 2019 seminar series will feature more, but shorter, presentations, along with a lunch and extra break time in a more intimate setting, to allow farmers an environment to discuss their concerns and receive advice more fully.

“The concept this year is to present the audience with specific information on money-saving solutions and dairy operation strategies to help dairy producers adapt and evolve in this current economic climate,” said Joel Hastings, Editor & Publisher of

Professor Tom Overton, PRO-DAIRY Director, will  present the keynote at 2:15 PM, August 6.

The annual Dairy Profit Seminars are hosted by PRO-DAIRY, Northeast Dairy Producers Assn., and Sponsors are six firms serving dairy farmers in the Northeast: ASAP Interiors, Morrisville, NY; AMTS LLC, Groton, NY; DFA Northeast, Syracuse, NY; Farm Credit East, Enfield, CT; Farm Family Insurance – American National, Albany, NY; and Pikeside Enterprises, Gainesville, NY.

2019 Dairy Profit Seminars at Empire Farm Days
Tuesday, August 6

Time Title
Welcome & Introductions
Joel Hastings
Facilities - Research, Renovations and Low-Cost Solutions in Tie-Stall Barns Betsy Hicks and Lindsay Ferlito
Food Break for Those Attending
 11:15 Managing NY Robotic Milking Systems: What We’ve Learned Bob Church
 11:45 Break  
Corn Silage Harvest Strategy: One chance to get it right Joe Lawrence
 1:15 Calf Housing Ventilation: What’s the latest? Curt Gooch
Food Break for Those Attending
Keynote: Adapting to an Evolving Northeast Dairy Industry Dr. Tom Overton

Wednesday, August 7

Time  Title Presenter
Welcome & Introductions
Joel Hastings
Where are Milk Prices Headed?
Christine Brodeur, DFA Northeast
Food break for those attending
Outlook for Dairy in the Northeast Catherine de Ronde, Agri-Mark Cooperative
Keys to Making Your Dairy Farm Business Work Greg McConnell, Farm Credit East
What Drives Your Milk Price? Dr. Larry Jones, FARME Institute
Food break for those attending
Panel Discussion with all speakers
Moderator: Jason Karszes, PRO-DAIRY

Thursday, August 8
10:30 AM - NY Junior Dairy Leaders Graduation Program – Deborah Grusenmeyer, PRO-DAIRY Youth Specialist. Followed by refreshments.

Summer Dairy Research Updates
After the day's work is done... Come hear about two new research trials conducted by Julio Giordano’s Lab. Presenters include Julio O. Giordano, DVM, MS PhD, Cornell University, St. John Family Sesquicentennial, Assistant Professor – Dairy Cattle Biology & Management, Department of Animal Science; Robert A. Lynch, DVM, Cornell University PRO-DAIRY Program, Herd Health & Management Specialist; and Martin Perez, Cornell University, PhD Student - Dairy Cattle Biology & Management Lab, Department of Animal Science. All are welcome, just pick the location most convenient to you. This is a free event, refreshments and desserts will be provided (as long as you register in advance). The program runs from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at each site. Registration for the Summer Dairy Research Updates is free, but is required so we can bring enough supplies and refreshments. To register, contact the site coordinator with: Name, Farm/Clinic/Business Name, and Number of attendees.

  • August 12 Farm Credit East, 25417 NY Route 12, Watertown. Register with: Tatum Langworthy,, 315.778.3929
  • August 12 (Remote broadcast) Miner Institute, 586 Ridge Rd., Chazy, Register with: Tatum Langworthy, 315.778.3929
  • August 27 Municipal Building, 72 Main St., Randolph. Register with: Katelyn Walley-Stoll,, 716.640.0522

Save the Date

  • Cornell Dairy Executive Program: Sessions begin December 2019
  • Anaerobic Digestion/Co-Digestion: Process Fundamentals and Management: January 15 - 16, 2020
  • Modern On Farm Preparedness Regional Program: January 23 - February 27, 2020
  • Northeast Dairy Producers Conference: March 11 - 12, 2020
  • Herd Health and Nutrition Conference: April 6 - 7, 2020

Online Courses
7 week courses designed for dairy business on-farm personnel (owner or employee) seeking to increase their knowledge of dairy management-completed entirely online.

  • Calf and Heifer Management - begins September 13, 2019
  • Forage Management - begins October 25, 2019
  • Transition Cow Management - begins January 2020

Spanish Dairy Wednesday Webinars
Presented entirely in Spanish on the last Wednesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. Next series begins January 29, 2020. 2020 series topic: Milk Quality and Cow Comfort.


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