Regional milk quality training workshops planned

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell PRO-DAIRY and Quality Milk Production Services are partnering to offer a three-day regional milk quality training program. This program will be offered statewide at five sites on Jan. 8, Feb. 5 and March 5. All sessions run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Individual session topics include:


Jan. 8 - What is Mastitis Costing your Farm?

•       Analysis of Potential Lost Income.

•       Mammary Physiology & the Basics of Mastitis Culturing.

•       Bovine Mammary Gland Anatomy & Physiology –Importance of a Consistent Milking Protocol.

•       Knowing Your Mastitis Organisms.

•       How to Take a Proper Milk or Bedding Sample for Culture.


•       Dr. Kimberley Morrill, PhD, CCE Regional Dairy Specialist

•       Dr. Theresa Taraska, DVM, CCE Lewis County Dairy Specialist

•       Dr. Rick Watters, PhD, Quality Milk Production Services


Feb. 5 - Importance of Cow Comfort, Environment & Equipment Maintenance

•       Overview on milk samples and bedding samples submitted from week one.

•       Scoring Systems to Implement On-farm to Monitor Cleanliness and Teat Health.

•       Cow Comfort and its Impact on the Immune System and Quality Milk.

•       Impact of Equipment Maintenance on Milk Quality.


•       Curt Gooch, Agricultural Engineer, Cornell PRO-DAIRY

•       Dr. Jerry Bertoldo, DVM-NWNY Dairy Specialist

•       Dr. Paul Virkler, DVM, Quality Milk Production Services

•       Dr. Rick Watters, PhD, Quality Milk Production Services


March 5 - Importance of Record Keeping for Mastitis Control

•       Economic Impact of Management Changes to Improve Milk Quality.

•       Residues & Treatment Records.

•       Dairy Comp – The Value of Recordkeeping.

•       Review of NYSCHAP Quality Milk Module.


•       Dr. Michael Capel, DVM, Perry Vet Clinic

•       Dr. Dwight Bruno, DVM, NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets


Cost is $100 per person, which includes the three-day program and lunch. It also includes one bedding and bulk tank sample per farm.

The program will be offered at regional sites through live presentations and video conferencing. Register with the regional site.

ENY – CCE Saratoga County, Ballston Spa, NY; and CCE Chenango County, Norwich, NY. To register for either site email Herkimer County CCE at or call (315) 866-7920. Or register and pay online at

WNY – Genesee County CCE Office, Batavia, NY; and Ontario County CCE, Canandaigua, NY. To register for either site call Cathy Wallace at 585-343-3040 x138

CNY – New York Grange, Cortland, NY. To register call Amanda at 607.753.5078 or Betsy Hicks at 607.753.5213 or email


Pennsylvania dairy internship program seeks farm, student participants

The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association and Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania are seeking farms and students to participate in a 10 12 week on-farm internship program, intended to provide on-farm learning experiences to the next generation of dairy managers in Pennsylvania. The program offers grants to offset the cost of the paid internship. To apply, farms and students must submit an application by Jan. 15. Learn more. 


Protecting Your Profits webinar online

The December 2014 Protecting Your Profits conference call is now online. The webinar highlights current dairy markets and risk management options. The webinar also discussed the new Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) program. The latest "Pennsylvania Dairy Industry Performance Scorecard" and the "Protecting Your Profits" Scorecard are also available. Learn more. 


Cornell/Vermont set calf management training program

Cornell Cooperative Extension and the University of Vermont will offer a Calf Management Training Program this winter. Programs will be offered Feb. 12 & 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at several CCE locations and will be available via video conferencing.

Program topics include:

•       Young Calf Care-the 5 C’s of Colostrum

•       Calf Nutrition After Colostrum

•       Calf Disease Control

•       Impact of Environmental Factors-Housing Essentials

•       Group Housing and Feeding Management

•       Monitoring Calf Performance – Dairy Producer Panel


Program locations and registration contact information follows:

CNY – CCE of Oneida County Office, 315.736.3394 ext. 132

ENY – CCE of Delaware County/NYC Watershed Ag, Program, 607.865.6531

WNY – Orleans County CCE Office. Kim Hazel: or 585-798-4265 ext. 26

NNY – Miner Institute, Kim Morrill, 315-379-9192; Farm Credit Office, Burrville
Ron Kuck, 315-788-8450; Terri Taraska,315-376-5270

VERMONT – Vermont Technical College Randolph Center, VT Registration through UVM Dept. of An.Sci. (EventBrite),
or Marcia Purvis,


2015 Operations Managers Conference is Jan. 20-21

The 2015 Operations Managers Conference, “Effective Management through Teamwork and Leadership” will be held Jan. 20-21, at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool/Syracuse, N.Y.

Organized by the PRO-DAIRY Program at Cornell University and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA), this conference provides an opportunity for people responsible for day to day activities on dairy farms to increase their management and operations skills while interacting with other managers. Sessions on Jan. 20 will be followed by a tour and interaction with a local dairy operations team on Jan. 21.



Dairy, GMOs topics of Northeast Forum

The Northeast Agribusiness & Feed Alliance will hold its Annual Meeting and Forum, Feb. 3-4, at the Albany, N.Y.

Keynote speakers include Dean Kathryn Boor, Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Jessica Ziehm of the NY Animal Ag Coalition; Ed Gallagher of Dairy Farmers of America; Richard Sellers of the American Feed Industry Association; and Kate Hall of BIO. David Okerlund will draw the conference to a close with his inspirational outlook on the industry’s role within the region and the world.

A dairy farmer panel will discuss the topic of Dairy Farm Transparency.

“This topic is extremely important for our industry because consumers want to know more about where their food comes from and how it is produced.” said Jessica Ziehm, conference speaker and panel moderator. “Who better than to connect with consumers on these important topics than farmers?” The farmer panel will include Joanna Lidback, Westmore, VT, Julie Patterson, Auburn, NY and Mike McMahon, Homer, NY.

The GMO challenge on our feed and food system will be the headliner topic on Wednesday, Feb. 4. BIO’s Kate Hall will kick off the presentation and lead a panel discussion of industry experts including Jane Andrews of Wegmans Food Markets, Mateo Kehler of Cellars at Jasper Hill and Richard Sellers of the American Feed Industry Association.

On-line registration, sponsorship information and meeting details are available at

The Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance is an industry trade organization whose mission is to promote the growth and prosperity of the animal agriculture and companion animal industries in the Northeast. The Alliance proactively supports its members through initiatives in education, advocacy and collaboration.


2015 PRO-DAIRY/NEAFA Herd Health & Nutrition Conferences set

The 2015 PRO-DAIRY and Northeast Ag and Feed Alliance (NEAFA) Herd Health and Nutrition Conferences will be held at two locations in March. Dates and locations are: March 17, Holiday Inn in Liverpool, N.Y.; and March 19, at the Essex Resort and Spa in Essex Junction, Vt.  

Topics for the 2015 conferences will include:

•       Starch Availability, Measurement, and Implications for Ration Formulation - Dr. Mike Allen, Michigan State University

•       Fiber Digestion: New Concepts to Improve Feeding of Higher Forage Diets - Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University

•       Heat Stress and Gut Function - Dr. Lance Baumgard, Iowa State University

•       Fatty Acid Nutrition and Milk Fat Depression - Dr. Kevin Harvatine, Pennsylvania State University

Registration information will be available in January.