Group housing of calves with its attendant use of waste milk in a safe manner offers economical and biological advantages to producers. Previously held beliefs regarding disease risk have been changed with a new definition of proper ventilation and the advantages of more natural feeding methods and social interaction amongst baby calves.
In 2011, 18 participants, representing 8,959 cows, participated in the program, with 15 of them completing the program. A new discussion group was formed for the participants of the program to continue to meet and discuss management education.
The Cornell Dairy Fellows Program is designed for students who are interested in careers related to the dairy industry. Approximately 140 students participate in the Fellows Program each year. The program integrates a set of courses addressing the disciplines in the industry, industry and farm visits, in-depth farm analysis, seminars with industry leaders, industry conferences, exchange programs, international trips, and summer internships in dairy-related careers. These experiences allow students to apply their knowledge, skills, and mind-set in multiple real-life situations.
The PRO-DAIRY mission is to increase the profitability and competitiveness of New York's dairy businesses through industry-applied research and educational programs that enhance farm profitability while advancing dairy professionals' knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for dairying.
The Capital District Vegetable & Small Fruit Program is one of the premier regional agricultural Cornell Cooperative Extension programs in New York, serving a large multi-county area in the Capital Region of the state: Albany, Columbia, Fulton Montgomery, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties. The team's specialists work together with Cornell faculty and extension educators statewide to address the issues that impact the vegetable and small fruit industries.
The benefits of gardening are many, including fostering environmental/scientific literacy, community building and social integration and human well-being. Gardening benefits are maximized when garden success is achieved.
Cultivating a group of well-informed community leaders through the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) county Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) programs puts research-based knowledge related to successful and ecologically sound gardening practices to work in homes, schools and communities throughout New York state.
As animal breeders and genetic specialists, we work to apply genetic principles to the selection of beef cattle with economically relevant traits.
Poor health, particularly mental health, traps low income families in food insecurity.
An extension education model program was designed for a farm owner. The design was developed to serve the public in the following ways: Creating awareness about agriculture in a small farm setting; develop an awareness among farmers about potential alternatives in practice; and to demonstrate practices that have potential for starting small-scale farm operations. The program is designed to serve the public in educating about agriculture in a small farm setting including potential alternatives in practice, small-scale practices, and start up options.
New York State Dairy Herd Improvement Association statistics clearly indicate that substantial profit potential from the replacement heifer enterprise is being left on the table by dairy producers. The road map to capture that potential is well researched and documented. This workshop series takes this action-ready information out to dairy neighborhoods across New York. Participating farms cited changes they will make to improve their heifer enterprise.