Dairy

DairyDairy is the leading agricultural industry in New York State, and the state ranks third in the country for milk production. Our five counties in southwestern New York form an especially vibrant dairy region, with over 680 dairy farms of many different sizes and production systems. 

The SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program assists dairy farmers by providing business management, forage production, and dairy management support. Our Dairy Management Specialist offers assistance with calf and heifer management, reproductive management, dairy records analysis, herd health, nutrition, and facilities. 





Relevant Events

Beef x Dairy Workshop - Postponed to Winter time!

April 27, 2022
November 23, 2022

Robotic Milking System Farm Tour

July 12, 2022
Conewango Valley, NY

Matching Your Pasture Forage To Your Herd

Last Modified: June 14, 2022
Matching Your Pasture Forage To Your Herd

by Fay Benson 

After being involved with grazing livestock for much of my life, first on my family's dairy then owning a grazing dairy, and finally working here at CCE, I am surprised that more grazing doesn't happen in the Northeast. We have a good climate for growing cool-season grasses which support the nutritional needs of all ruminant livestock including the lactating dairy cow. The cost savings are substantial since no machinery is required to harvest the forage, store the forage, put the forage in front of the cow, and on top of that, they spread their own manure.


It's Time to Rethink Early Breeding of Heifers...Again

Last Modified: June 6, 2022
It's Time to Rethink Early Breeding of Heifers...Again

by Maureen Hanson - Bovine Veterinarian

Original article here  


Sign up to receive 2022 Census of Agriculture

Last Modified: June 6, 2022
Sign up to receive 2022 Census of Agriculture

Published on June 5, 2022 - Morning AgClips 

Agriculture producers who did not receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture and do not receive other USDA surveys or censuses have until June 30 to sign up to receive the 2022 Census of Agriculture


New York State Farm Directory launching in June 2022

Last Modified: June 2, 2022
New York State Farm Directory launching in June 2022

From our friends at Cornell CALS 

As part of Cornell Cooperative Extension's role in strengthening New York State agriculture, we are helping to spread word of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' plans to launch a statewide online Farm Directory. 


7 Steps to Start Calves on Starter

Last Modified: May 31, 2022
7 Steps to Start Calves on Starter

By Maureen Hanson, Bovine Veterinarian (Click here to access original article)


Milk fat above 4% is the new normal

Last Modified: May 31, 2022
Milk fat above 4% is the new normal

by Isaac Salfer, University of Minnesota Extension 

I can remember sitting in my Dairy Management class at the University of Minnesota in 2012 and learning that a good milk fat benchmark for a Holstein herd was 3.75%. This was backed up by historical milk market data, which saw average butterfat tests in the Upper Midwest hovering between 3.7% and 3.8% from 2000 to 2012.


Johne's Disease in Cattle by Dr. Melanie Hemenway

Last Modified: May 24, 2022
Johne's Disease in Cattle by Dr. Melanie Hemenway

This chronic, incurable bacterial infection is difficult to manage, fatal, and can be either fast or slow moving. Learning how to keep it out of the herd and/or control & manage for it to save substantial time and money.


Financial Losses from Transition Period Diseases - PSU Extension

Last Modified: May 23, 2022
Financial Losses from Transition Period Diseases - PSU Extension

by Michal Lunak - PSU Extension

Direct and Indirect costs contribute to reduced farm profits. Good management practices help reduce loss.


Large-herd automated milking survey results - Progressive Dairy

Last Modified: May 23, 2022
Large-herd automated milking survey results - Progressive Dairy

To understand the motivation and evaluate risk factors of implementing automated milking in large dairies, a survey was conducted.


Dig into your herd's lameness issues - By Katelyn Allen, Hoard`s Dairyman Intel

Last Modified: May 16, 2022
Dig into your herd's lameness issues - By Katelyn Allen, Hoard`s Dairyman Intel

"Lameness is a very broad, complicated disorder," began Jan Shearer during a Cornell University virtual workshop on understanding and mitigating the condition. To dial in on problems and potential solutions, the Extension veterinarian outlined three categories of lameness issues: claw disorders, foot skin problems, and upper leg lameness, which is often from falls or genetic concerns. The first two areas make up about 95% of lameness cases, he described.


Soil Health Opportunity for Dairy Farms - Erie County

Camila Lage, Dairy Management Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: May 16, 2022
Soil Health Opportunity for Dairy Farms - Erie County

Dear Dairy Producer from Erie County, 

The U.S. dairy community is collaborating on an important research initiative, the Dairy Soil and Water Regeneration project (DSWR), a six-year research initiative across 5 major dairy regions that is supported by a $10 million Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR) grant.   The overall project is designed to provide measurement-based assessments of a dairy farm's greenhouse gas footprint for feed production.  This work will help deliver foundational data to fill current research gaps, assist in the sharing of best practice soil health management systems and support potential new market opportunities related to carbon, water quality and soil health.

If your farm is located in the designated area on the map and you are willing to take part in this important initiative, and/or have questions regarding the sampling or the project, please contact Mara Cloutier, Project Scientist at Soil Health Institute. She can be reached at mcloutier@soilhealthinstitute.org or by phone at (828) 708-3490.

The Soil Heath Institute will provide participants with an assessment of soil health and soil carbon stocks approximately 6 months after sampling. Furthermore, an aggregated report of soil health and carbon stocks from the New York region will be shared with you that shows how well your soil health and carbon stocks compare to others in the region. Participants in this sampling study will not be identified, and individual data collected as part of this effort will remain confidential.   


Spring 2022 fertility considerations - PRO DAIRY

Last Modified: May 9, 2022
Spring 2022 fertility considerations - PRO DAIRY

Spring 2022 fertility considerations

Kirsten Workman and Joe Lawrence

Fertilizer prices continue to rise with no relief in the immediate site. With a slowly warming spring 
that has seen snow and wet weather, manure applications in many locations have been delayed. 






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Upcoming Events

Baby Mama Drama (Goat Reproduction and Kidding)

June 29, 2022

Farms Under Threat 2040: Choosing an Abundant Future

June 29, 2022

Robotic Milking System Farm Tour

July 12, 2022
Conewango Valley, NY

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