CDE planning small-group dairy meetings
Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE) is offering to host mealtime meetings with dairy producer groups across the state for informal, roundtable discussions about dairy profitability and associated topics.
CDE is scheduling meetings in February, March or April. Producers can identify the topics which they would like to discuss, from business planning to current dairy markets to the farm bill and dairy policy.
Producers and small groups interested in scheduling a meeting with the center are encouraged to call 717-346-0849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEDPA Conference is March 19-20
The Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA) Conference will be held March 19-20, at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool/Syracuse, N.Y. The event, coordinated by PRO-DAIRY Program at Cornell University and presented by the Northeast Dairy Producers Association, is designed for producers and agriservice professionals to interact and relate to the latest thinking and issues in the dairy industry.
For a program agenda and registration information, visit ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/nedpa
Cornell plans 2014 Winter Dairy Management program
Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY program will host winter dairy management meetings at eight New York locations in March. Speakers and topics include:
• David Kammel, University of Wisconsin-Madison ag engineer, will present information on the economic and design considerations of “Low Cost Parlors.”
• Dr. Rick Watters, DVM, PhD - Sr. Extension Veterinarian, Quality Milk Promotion Services, will discuss parlor efficiencies and equipment maintenance.
• A panel will address business planning for successful projects. Presenters include: Betsey Howland, PRO-DAIRY Extension Support Specialist, Dairy Profit Monitor, PRO-DAIRY, Cornell University; Caroline Potter, Coordinator, PRO-DAIRY, Dairy Acceleration Program, Cornell University; and Beth Dahl, Dairy Modernization Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
• a panel will discuss robotic milking systems. Presenters include: Beth Dahl, Dairy Modernization Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension; and Kathy Barrett, Senior Extension Associate, Dairy Management, PRO-DAIRY, Cornell University.
For dates, locations and registration information, visit http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/wdm/dates.html
Cornell: Dairy profit trends monitored
The Dairy Profit Monitor (DPM) is a tool that farmers can use to measure Net Milk Income over Feed Costs on their farms. Uses of the program include tracking progress of the farm over time and making comparisons to other farms using the program.