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Are you paying your employees well, or not?

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development is seeking participation in a 2020 Farm Employee Compensation Benchmark survey. The process is easy and only takes about 10 minutes per employee to enter. While pay is not the most important factor in retaining and motivating employees, it does matter. If the compensation you offer is not enough compared to other employers, then you’ll struggle to attract employees, and you’ll always have a revolving door of employees leaving for better opportunities. On the other hand, it’s good to know about what others are paying so that you can keep your costs in line. Survey participants will receive aggregate results to benchmark your compensation to other farm businesses and be in the best competitive position.

Brief survey on the use of caustic paste for dairy calves
Do you use caustic paste on your dairy? We want to hear from you! Fill out this brief survey, which should take about 5 minutes. All responses are anonymous and will be used to better understand how dairy producers are using caustic paste to prevent horn growth in their calves. An article will share aggregate responses so producers can benchmark their current practices. Survey responses will also be used to develop research projects to inform best management practices. Contact: Alycia Drwencke, Dairy Management Specialist, Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops program, 517-416-0386 or

Troubleshooting herd health issues on your dairy podcast series
PRO-DAIRY and Cornell Cooperative Extension have launched a new podcast series: Troubleshooting Herd Health Issues. Episodes discuss specific areas to examine when experiencing issues in different life stages of the dairy cow and includes: preweaned calves, weaning transition, postweaned heifers - disease and growth issues, heifers-reproduction, calving, transition cow issues, and mastitis.

Reproductive Management in English and Spanish
Last chance for early bird rates. Rates increase after March 1. Register today and save $25!
March 12 - April 30, 2021

Reproductive Management in English

Reproductive Management in Spanish

The Reproductive Management course offered by PRO-DAIRY provides students with fundamental knowledge to understand and manage an effective dairy reproductive program. Cornell University faculty and PRO-DAIRY staff will cover key topics, including Anatomy and Physiology, Synchronization Protocols, Breeding Strategies, A.I. Techniques, Monitoring Reproductive Programs, and Heifer Reproduction Management.

Agricultural Supervisory Leadership
Open to all New York agricultural commodities. Courses run six weeks and cost $275.

The Agricultural Supervisory Leadership certificate helps farm supervisors and managers learn and apply human resource management practices and leadership skills that foster rewarding workplaces and drive business results. Confident managers who thoughtfully apply leadership and management skills improve employee performance, develop teams, reduce employee turnover, and increase employee engagement. The six courses within the certificate program will offer extensive practice and engagement activities to build confidence and skill sets.

Registration is open for the first two Agricultural Supervisory Leadership courses

Transitioning to Supervisor
Materials release March 19, 2021 and the course runs through April 29, 2021
Transitioning to Supervisor helps new and experienced managers make the difficult, but critical, transition from individual performer to supervisor. Participants learn essential leadership skills, such as: building effective work relationships, essential communication skills, managing conflict, leading a multi-cultural team, and how to build an effective workplace culture.

Organizing Work for High Quality Results
Materials for this course will release June 12, 2021
Organizing Work for High Quality Results teaches how to: Develop clear expectations and standard operating procedures, delegate effectively, and diagnose and correct performance problems.

Milk Quality
April 30 - June 19, 2021

The Milk Quality Online Course
covers basic milk quality, milking parlor and mastitis management principles lead by Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS). Topics include: What is Mastitis?, Assessing and Controlling Teat End Health, Cow Environment, Udder Hygiene, Milking Routine, and Unit Alignment Influence on Milking Performance and Mastitis, Using Test Day Data SCC, CMT, and DC305 to Manage Milk Quality, Considerations for Cows with Mastitis, and Dry Cow Therapy & Pathogen Based Treatment.

Free virtual workshop series to help dairy farmers communicate about environmental issues
Dairy farmers are invited to participate in a free online workshop series designed to build confidence in talking about how farm practices protect the environment and mitigate the effects of climate change. Developed by the New York Dairy Issues Management Team, comprised of American Dairy Association North East, New York Farm Bureau, Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA) and the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC), the four-part series runs from Noon to 1 PM EDT, and includes:

Central NY Dairy Day
March 9, 2021 and March 11, 2021 | 12:30 - 2:30 PM EDT

This year's Central NY Dairy Day is a virtual, two-day event. Cost is free but you must pre-register. Topics include:

  • Older Cows Make More Milk & Make More Money - Corwin Holtz, Holtz-Nelson Dairy Consultants, Dryden, NY
  • Genetics Plays a Role, But How You Feed and Care for Your Calves & Heifers Sets the Stage for their Lifetime Productivity - Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Animal Science, Cornell University
  • Hoof Health & Care; Practices & Strategies to Keep Your Herd Moving - Charles Biche, Biche's Hoof Care, Northville, NY
  • Strategies to Get Old Cows Pregnant - Julio O. Giordano, DVM, Ph.D., Animal Science, Cornell University

COVID-19 vaccines: Should I get it and what are the side effects?

The Cornell Farmworker Program and Finger Lakes Community Health  are co-sponsoring two free webinars (one in English and another in Spanish) with Dr. José Canario, and Ellen Hey, NP. 

March 11, 2021 | 4:30 PM EDT
English: COVID-19 vaccine webinar

Jueves, 11 de marzo, 2021  | 6:30 PM EDT
Llamada en español: Las Vacunas para el COVID-19: ¿Debería obtenerla y  cuáles son sus efectos?

2021 Herd Health and Nutrition Conference
April 5 - 6, 2021 | 12:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
The Herd Health and Nutrition Conference is a two-day virtual event for agriservice personnel, feed industry representatives, veterinarians, and dairy producers, featuring educational topics related to current herd health and nutrition management techniques. Presented by PRO-DAIRY and NEAFA, each daily three-hour session will include live presentations and Q&A with industry leading presenters. All sessions will be recorded and available to conference registrants. Registrants will also have access to additional presentation content and networking opportunities in a conference app. More information:

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