Winter Dairy Management Program

Date: 

2013

Summary: 

The Winter Dairy Management program was held at 10 different sites across New York State. It's intended audience was dairy farmers, agriculture students and agriservice professionals. 296 people participated in the program. Program evaluations indicated that the program was very successful in providing information that farmers would use on their farms to increase profitability.

Issue: 

Previous surveys done of dairy farmers indicated several areas of farm management that have a strong impact on farm profitability. This includes reproductive management, cow comfort and facility design. In addition there is increased scrutiny by consumers on how dairy products are produced and cows treated and housed.

Response: 

The program has focused on key areas of dairying and how to manage to gain a competitive edge. Jackson Wright, Dairy Specialist shared the results of his recent lighting study, we’re learning more and more about the impact on performance that light quality and not just quantity has.
Dr. Jerry Bertoldo DVM, Dairy Specialist brought us up to date on forage management, additives and new technology i.e. shredlage implement. He also talked about Salmonella Dublin (always a lunchtime favorite) what to look for and how to address.
We were introduce to a computer model developed for comparing the economics of reproductive programs by Dr. Julio Giordano, Cornell University with help from Dr. Kim Morrill, NNY Dairy Specialist and Dr. Bertoldo.
New Western NY Dairy Modernization Specialist Beth Dahl outlined important considerations when making changes in a dairy business.

Impact: 

The ProDairy Winter Management Program was held at 10 sites across the State. 296 participants attended the meeting. The emphasis was on methods producers could maximize profits and efficiency while providing an excellent environment for their cows. Feedback from the local extension staff indicates that the information was used on farms to improve current facilities, increase reproductive efficacy while reducing hormone use and improve disease control. This collaborates what the program survey of participants indicated.

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International focus: 

  • United States of America

United States focus: 

  • New York