Cornell Dairy Executive Program Class XI accepting applications
Enrollment is underway for Class XI of the Cornell Dairy Executive Program. Applications submitted before June 9 will receive a $300 discount towards the first program installment. The Cornell Dairy Executive Program (CDEP) provides professional, cutting-edge management training for progressive dairy producers in New York and across the country.
With input and support from producers and agriservice, this year-long program is designed to enhance understanding of the fast-changing dairy industry. Participants will develop leadership and business management skills to lead their dairy business into the future.
More detailed program information, including program fees, is online at: www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/dairyexec.
Dairy replacement costs analyzed
The analysis of the costs to raise dairy replacements during the third quarter of 2012 are complete, and the final report is now available on the PRO-DAIRY Web site at http://ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/resources/fbmpubs.html.
This is the fourth time that the costs were reviewed on dairy farms located across New York. The average total cost to raise the dairy replacement (not including the value of the animal when born) until they entered the herd for each of these studies was:
• 1993 $1,044
• 2003 $1,429
• 2007 $1,734
• 2012 $2,084
The top five expenses per heifer completing the dairy replacement program are feed, labor, interest, bedding and building ownership. These five expenses represent 80.9% of the total cost to raise the dairy replacement.
Average raising cost per day per heifer was $2.995 with an average calving age of 23.0 months. The average daily costs ranged from almost $6.50 while the calf was on liquid feed; to $2.00 to $2.20 per day from weaning to breeding; to $2.60 to $2.70 from breeding to close-up; and back over $3.50 right before calving.
Advanced Dairy Nutrition and Management Shortcourse is June 2
Cornell’s Advanced Dairy Nutrition and Management Shortcourse is scheduled for June 2-5 at Cornell University. The shortcourse is designed to expose experienced nutritionists, allied industry professionals and veterinarians to the latest research and its application within dairy nutrition and management. This shortcourse is taught on even-numbered years by Cornell faculty, Miner Institute staff and guest speakers from other universities. Evening social events are planned to provide networking opportunities for participants.