Winter Dairy Management Program

Date: 

2014

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, remodeling facilities, 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: 

We were fortunate to have Dr. David Kammel from the University of Wisconsin for 6 days of presentations across the State. His presentations focused on the engineering aspects of low cost parlors and budgeting for a dairy modernization capital investment project. The presentations were timely and well received.
Dr. Rick Watters, QMPS, addressed parlor efficiency and maintenance. This practical information enables farmers to improve milk quality and production within the milking system they already have.
Beth Dahl, Caroline Potter and Betsey Howland, Cornell ProDairy, outlined the importance and process for business planning when implementing a dairy modernization project.
Kathy Barrett, Cornell ProDairy discussed the different management system for Robotic Milking Systems. This new technology has garnered tremendous interest and requires careful business planning and a change in management style.

Impact: 

The Winter Dairy Management Program of 2014 provided 342 producers with excellent information on how to grow their dairy farm businesses in a step wise fashion. The program was geared for small to midsized dairy that are seek to expand the milk supply by either adding cows or increasing milk production. It was presented at 8 sites across New York. 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.

Submitted by: 

  • Barrett, Kathryn

Researchers involved: 

  • Barrett, Kathryn
  • Balbian, David
  • Howland, Betsey
  • Kammel, David
  • Caroline, Potter
  • Dahl, Alma

International focus: 

  • United States of America

United States focus: 

  • New York