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Dairy Environmental Systems issues fact sheets

Advanced manure treatment and antibiotic resistance
For those thinking about exploring advanced manure treatment, a four-part fact sheet series is available:

A fact sheet describing basic manure characteristics, including composition and phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium characteristics, has also been posted.

A new case study is available that describes the persistence and decay of antibiotic residuals and antibiotic resistance genes through a dairy manure treatment system consisting of a solid-liquid separator and a rotary drum composter/BRU (bedding recovery unit).

2021 Virtual Operations Managers Conference series: Embracing excellence
Held weekly on Thursdays, 12:00 to 2:00 PM EDT, January 28 through February 18, 2021
Presented by PRO-DAIRY and NEDPA, Operations Managers Conference Series provides the opportunity for the people responsible for day to day activities on dairy farms to increase their management and operations skills. Each weekly two-hour session will include a general kick-off presentation and attendee’s choice of one technical breakout session in the area of dairy, crop, or human resource management. One breakout session each week will be offered in Spanish. 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. Registration includes access to live presentations, conference app with exclusive content, and session recordings.

Link to full event information. Registration cost is $100 per person (unique email addresses are required to register and access the event).

Highlighted sessions include:

  • Dairy as a Key Player in the Future of Climate Solutions – Tara Vander Dusen, New Mexico Milkmaid
  • Leading for Employee Recruitment, Satisfaction and Retention – Stan Moore, Michigan State University Extension
  • Lessons Learned in Safety and Compliance Off the Farm – Panel Discussion
  • Welfare of Dairy Cattle: Relevance to the Animal, the Producer and the Consumer – Dr. Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dry Period Heat Stress: Effects on Dam and Daughter – Dr. Geoff Dahl, University of Florida
  • The Top 10 Ways to Ruin Your Team (presented in English and Spanish – Tom Wall, Dairy Coach LLC
  • Protecting Your Farm from HR Violations – Dr. Rich Stup, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development
  • Getting Heifers Off to a Great Start (presented in Spanish) – Dr. Fernando Soberon, Standard Dairy Consultants
  • Is There a Link Between Bedding and Milk Quality? (presented in Spanish) – Dr. Paula Ospina, Lechear

Mary Kate MacKenzie joins PRO-DAIRY's business management team
Mary Kate (Wheeler) MacKenzie has joined the business management team at PRO-DAIRY in a shared appointment with the South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team. Mary Kate will continue part-time as a farm business management specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops team. Mary Kate completed her M.S. in Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University in 2017. She now works with dairy producers to improve record-keeping systems, analyze farm financial performance, and plan for the future. She brings a passion for helping farm families improve their management skills to achieve their business and personal goals. She and her husband live near Naples, NY, in the town of Italy, where they manage a grazing farm and retail meat business.

Onboarding and Training Farm Employees with Google Classroom
Virtual training offered on February 3
Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development and Cornell Cooperative Extension are offering a 30 minute training on using Google Classroom to onboard and train farm employees at 11 AM, February 3. The training offered via Zoom is free but registration is required.

Link to register for Onboarding and Training Farm Employees with Google Classroom

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.

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