New York dairy OSHA webinar planned

A webinar to update New York dairy producers on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections will be held Feb. 19, at 10:30 a.m.-noon

Ron Williams, compliance assistance specialist for OSHA’s Syracuse, N.Y. office, will provide an update on inspections that took place on New York dairy farms in 2014, as part of OSHA’s Local Emphasis Program (LEP).

The webinar is hosted by Farm Credit East, in conjunction with Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA), New York Farm Bureau, Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY program and the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH).

Advance registration is required. After registering, a confirmation email will contain participation information. For registration information, visit https://www.farmcrediteast.com/News-and-Events/News/20150210OSHAwebinar.aspx

 

CDE welcomes Gardner as Dairy Transitions coordinator

Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE) named Charles E. Gardner, DVM, MBA as dairy transition coordinator as of January 2015. In his new role, Gardner will work with the center to coordinate and promote resources for Pennsylvania dairy farm families pursuing a plan for Transition or Succession in their business.

Gardner brings a long history of expertise in dairy profitability, and a strong desire to help dairy families transition profitable businesses to the next generation of management and ownership. He became certified from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners as a specialist in dairy practice in 1993, and received his MBA from Moravian College in 1999.  He joined Agway as director of the Agway TSPF Heifer Program in 1999.  From 2004 – 2014, Gardner worked with Cargill Animal Nutrition to help producers improve animal and financial performance.  Dr. Gardner now works as an independent consultant in the dairy industry and will spend one day a week working with the center.  

Gardner grew up in southern New Jersey, and worked on his uncle’s dairy farm.  He attended the College of Agriculture at the Cornell University from 1967 –1969, then transferred to Cornell’s Veterinary College to graduate from Veterinary School in 1973.  He then joined the Ackermanville Veterinary Hospital, doing mainly dairy cattle practice.  He stayed there until 1989, when he started Dairy Management Consultants, a practice specializing in dairy herd management.

Contact the Center for Dairy Excellence for additional information about on-farm resources at 717-346-0849 or email info@centerfordairyexcellence.org. Or visit the center’s website at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org.

 

CDE schedules Dairy Profitability Resource meetings

The Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE) will host nine upcoming “Dairy Profitability Resource Meetings” in March and early April to offer a forum for dairy producers and others to share insight on current market dynamics and opportunities for 2015, while learning more about resources available for their dairy farm businesses.

Topics will include 2015 milk pricing and margin forecasts, review what producers  did in 2014 to prepare for 2015; where the greatest profit opportunities in 2015 are as margins slip and the dynamics changel and how resources can leverage the wealth to position your business for the future.

Dates and locations include:

· March 5, in Lancaster: Shady Maple Restaurant, 129 East Toddy Drive, East Earl, Pa. Breakfast meeting with breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.

· March 9, in Duncansville: Hoss’s Steak and Seahouse, 110 Patchway Road, Duncansville, Pa. Dinner meeting with dinner served at 6:30 p.m.

· March 10, in Somerset: The Summit Diner, 791 North Center Drive, Somerset, Pa. Breakfast meeting with breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.

· March 10, in Blairsville: Valley Dairy Restaurant, 920 Route 22 Hwy W., Blairsville, Pa. Afternoon meeting with lunch served at 1:00 p.m.

·  March 11, in Corry: Gigi’s Route 6 Diner, 344 E Columbus Ave., Corry, Pa. Breakfast meeting with breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.

·  March 11, in Meadville: Montano’s Rib & Chop House, 11142 Highline Dr., Meadville, Pa. Afternoon meeting with lunch served at 1 p.m.

· March 25, in Lewistown: Hoss’s Steak and Seahouse, 23 Hoss Dr., Lewistown, Pa. Morning meeting with program starting at 9:30 a.m. and lunch at end.

· March 26, in Chambersburg: Hoss’s Steak and Seahouse, 20 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, Pa. Morning meeting with program starting at 9:30 a.m. and lunch at end.

· April 1, in Troy: The Milky Way, 16867 Route 14, Troy, Pa., Morning meeting with program starting at 9:30 a.m. and lunch at end.

Each meeting should last no more than two hours before or after a meal. Register for the meeting of your choice by calling the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 or visiting www.centerfordairyexcellence.org and selecting “Dairy Profitability Resource Meetings” under “Upcoming Events.”

 

Auction raises $13,000 for CDE youth programs

A live auction benefiting the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania was held as a part of the 2015 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, raising a record of more than $13,000. The funds will directly support youth education, such as the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow and Discover Dairy programs, as well as other initiatives funded by the center foundation.

“This auction has become a tremendous fundraising opportunity for our foundation, and we are grateful for those who supported it by donating and bidding on the exciting items that we were fortunate to have donated this year,” said Emily Yeiser, dairy initiatives manager at the Center for Dairy Excellence.

 Pennsylvania State Rep. Mark Keller served as the auctioneer for the event. The two highest selling items of the evening included 100 hours of use with a Case IH Magnum Tractor, donated by Hoober, Inc. and Case IH, and a four-course meal for ten people provided and prepared by former White House Chef, John Moeller. Steve Reinford of Mifflintown, Pa., purchased the use of the tractor, while James VanBlarcom from Columbia Crossroads, Pa., purchased the four-course White House dinner.

 The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania was established in 2010 as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization to support educational initiatives that grow and sustain the Pennsylvania dairy industry. The center foundation provides the opportunity for individuals and organizations to make tax-deductible contributions to support educational initiatives within Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.

The center foundation was created to allow individuals and corporations to make a lasting impact on the future of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and its individual dairy farm families. Priorities for the center foundation include youth development, continuing education, consumer outreach and market development.