Earlier this year, Allenwaite merged with a neighboring dairy, bringing the herd to 2,200 milking cows.
Allen worked with Advanced Dairy Genetics to be an early adopter of sexed semen. His dedication to the CAFO work group provided a voice for the farming community in New York. He also served several years on the NEDPA board, judges local FFA competitions, served in the Washington County IDA, and was a board member of the Agricultural Stewardship Association, conserving local farm land including 1,000 acres of the home farm.
The Popp award was created to honor dairy farmer Richard T. Popp, Castile, N.Y., who died in 1997.
NY Dairy Farm Business update
Participation in New York's annual Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis Program is underway, with farms submitting their information and receiving analysis of their business’ performance for 2013. Farms that have entered data for multiple years also receive a trend analysis for 3 or 7 years, depending how long they have participated in the program. Using data submitted by farms that participated in 2012 and 2013, the change between the two years can be examined. Preliminary selected factors from the same 78 farms are:
• Average herd size increased 2.9%
• Milk sold per cow was unchanged
• Costs to produce milk are up 7%
• Gross milk price increased 9.6% to $21.79
• Profit per cow increased $162, or 25.6%
• Debt per cow decreased 2.8%
To learn more about the Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis Program and to inquire about participating, please visit http://dfbs.aem.cornell.edu.
Winter damage not stopping brown root rot-resistance researchers
As Northern New York farmers begin checking their fields for signs of brown root rot (BRR) this spring, Cornell University researchers are preparing to overcome a weather-related setback to developing regionally-adapted alfalfa varieties resistant to the soil-borne fungus Phoma sclerotioides.
Ice sheeting in 2012 killed both older and younger generations of alfalfa plants and caused the loss of significant data from the field trials at the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute at Chazy, N.Y.
Since 2008 with funding from the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, Cornell researchers have managed a trial to test the resistance to BRR in currently available alfalfa varieties.
Cornell plant breeders Don Viands and Julie L. Hansen are hoping an agronomist’s loss will become a plant breeder’s gain in that the trial results were lost to winterkill, but the surviving plants may be genetically improved for winter stress, perhaps including resistance to BRR.