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JUNE 2019

Spanish Dairy Cow Management webinar recordings available
Grabaciones de seminarios web en español sobre el manejo de vacas lecheras

Check out the recordings of our Spanish Dairy Webinars on Cow Behavior and Movement. The videos can be accessed anytime using the links provided. Excellent presentations entirely in Spanish.
Mire las grabaciones de nuestros seminarios web en español sobre el comportamiento y manejo de vacas. Se puede ver los vídeos en cualquier momento usando los vínculos proveídos. Son presentaciones excelentes y completamente en español.

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

30 minutos/30 minutes
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

Moving Cows and Cow Behavior
Manejo de Vacas

30 minutos/30minutes
Presenter/Presentador: Collin McCarthy - Cargill, Tech Support


The Food Donation and Food Scrap Recycling Act

The Food Donation and Food Scrap Recycling Act passed by New York State will require agency, municipal and educational sources (and their food contracts) to recycle their food waste. This applies to those producing one ton/week starting 10/2019, through 2020, ½ ton/week from 2021 through 2022, and 500 lbs/week from 2023 and on. The priorities for the food waste will be to provide edible food to people first, feed for animals second, third for anaerobic digestion and composting. They are only required to look for recycling operations within 25 miles and can get a waiver if the cost to recycle is 1.15 times the cost of landfill disposal.

Welcome to Jessica Skellie
Jessica_Skellie  Jessica Skellie has joined the PRO-DAIRY and Agricultural Workforce Development teams as a Farm Management Specialist.

Skellie graduated from Cornell University in May of 2019 with a B.S. with honors in Animal Science and a focus in dairy production and management. She has experience working as a herdsperson on dairies in New York and California, assisted with a research project conducted on dairy farms in Colombia, and previously worked at Red Jacket Orchards in the farm store.

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).

Increasing Dairy Farm Profitability by Reducing the Interbreeding Interval and Optimizing Conception Rate of Lactating Dairy Cows

  • The latest research on reproductive management programs for second and greater services for dairy cows
  • Programs that prioritize insemination of cows in heat or maximize fertility through timed AI
  • Examples of strategies for on-farm implementation and performance implications.

Improving Dairy Cow Health Monitoring and Management Using Automated Sensors

  • The latest concepts and research on the use and value of health monitoring and management using automated sensors (e.g., rumination, activity, milk weights monitors)
  • Pros and cons of different technologies and their potential implementation for health management
  • Economics of incorporating technologies into farm management

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.

Date Location

 July 9
Kings Brother Dairy
311 King Rd.

Dave Balbian
 July 16
Hemlock Valley Farm
116 Eddie Martin Rd. (Route 28)

Dave Balbian
 July 17
Cornell Vet Teaching Dairy
Tulip Tree Drive

Shannon Myers
 July 18
Genesee County CCE
420 E. Main St.

Margaret Quaassdorff
 August 12
Farm Credit East
25417 NY Route 12

Tatum Langworthy
 August 12
(Remote broadcast)
Miner Institute
586 Ridge Rd.

Tatum Langworthy
 August 27
Municipal Building
72 Main St.

Katelyn Walley-Stoll

Tom Overton is the Keynote Speaker at 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
10:00 AM
Welcome & Introductions
Joel Hastings
10:15 AM
Where are Milk Prices Headed?
Christine Brodeur, DFA Northeast
10:45 AM
Food break for those attending
11:15 AM
Outlook for Dairy in the Northeast Catherine de Ronde, Agri-Mark Cooperative
11:45 AM
12:45 PM
Keys to Making Your Dairy Farm Business Work Greg McConnell, Farm Credit East
1:15 PM
What Drives Your Milk Price? Dr. Larry Jones, FARME Institute
1:45 PM
Food break for those attending
2:15 PM
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.


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