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. 





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Organic Farmer-to-Farmer Meetings

April 4, 2023 : NYCO Field Crop Meeting
Geneva, NY

Are Holstein or Jersey cows more profitable? - MSU Extension

Last Modified: March 30, 2023
Are Holstein or Jersey cows more profitable? - MSU Extension

It seems like a never-ending debate: are Jersey or Holstein cows the better choice for profitable dairy production?

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Farm Employer Input Needed! NY Farm Labor in Transition Survey

Last Modified: March 15, 2023
Farm Employer Input Needed! NY Farm Labor in Transition Survey

New York farm employers are navigating enormous changes in farm labor markets and regulations in recent years. It is critical for farm managers and decision-makers to have accurate and up-to-date information about the farm workforce. The NY Farm Labor in Transition Survey collects farm managers' perspectives on these important issues. Please take about 20-30 minutes of your time to include your response as a NY farm employer. All data will be kept confidential, results will only be reported as group data, and no personally identifiable data will be reported. Respondents will receive a summary of the results.


New York State Dairy of Distinction Award Application Available Now

Last Modified: March 13, 2023
New York State Dairy of Distinction Award Application Available Now

Are you a New York State dairy farmer or do you know of one that is interested in applying for the distinguished Dairy of Distinction Award? Applications are now available online by visiting https://www.dairyofdistinctionawards.com/. Deadline for applications is April 15, 2023.  NY DOD program is appreciative of all its volunteers across the state that help keep this program rolling.  We are often looking for district representatives, judges and individuals to join our board of directors. Retired dairy producers and/or agribusiness are encouraged to get involved in their regions. Reach out to Marylynn with questions or interests in getting involved at mrm7@cornell.edu. If you would prefer a hardcopy of the application, please contact Alex Harrington at ash273@cornell.edu or 315.736.3394 ext.132. 


Choosing an Activity System for Your Dairy - PSU Extension

Last Modified: March 3, 2023
Choosing an Activity System for Your Dairy - PSU Extension

Activity monitoring systems can improve reproductive performance and disease detection


Dairy Technology Tuesdays Webinar Series - Recordings available!

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

Last Modified: March 3, 2023
Dairy Technology Tuesdays Webinar Series - Recordings available!

If Money Doesn't Grow On Trees - Maybe it Grows in Hay Fields?

Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: February 21, 2023

If you grow, feed, or sell hay, it's important to know how to manage the green - the money, that is - to make profitable decisions. Hay production, whether it's sold off the farm or fed to livestock, is a key part of many of our farms in SWNY. Producing your own hay can diversify and improve the profitability of your farm. But, hay production can decrease your farm's profitability over time.  Not tracking financial and production records can lead to poor decision-making. 


Dairy Grazing Apprentice program - Now in partnership with the SWNY team!

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

Last Modified: February 20, 2023

The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) is a non-profit organization that partners with established grazing dairy farmers, universities, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to deliver high-quality work-based training in managed-grazing dairy production in multiple states. DGA is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration. It provides a pathway for aspiring dairy farmers while offering experienced dairy graziers an opportunity to share their passion. Apprentices are engaged in full-time, paid employment while comprehensively trained in running a grazing dairy operation.


Use a barn that works for you and the cows - Hoards Dairyman

Last Modified: February 20, 2023
Use a barn that works for you and the cows - Hoards Dairyman

by Katelyn Allen, Associate editor 

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Some Farm Business Management Reminders by Katelyn Walley-Stoll

Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: February 13, 2023

Some reminders about the ST-125, NYS Ag Value Assessment, Separate Checking Accounts, Revisiting Your Farm Business Plan, Updating Your Balance Sheet, and Supporting Your County's Cooperative Extension Association. 


8 Things to Think About - Farm Diversification and Enterprise Analysis

Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: February 6, 2023

When conversations about farm diversification come up, I always bring it back to our shared experiences…as dreamers, as doers, as innovators, as people who say "Well, that could have gone better". Specifically, to take this hot topic and break it down, here are my 8 considerations that (I think) are universal in conversations about farm diversification. 


Maintaining a Low Somatic Cell Count During the Winter - PSU Extension

Last Modified: February 6, 2023
Maintaining a Low Somatic Cell Count During the Winter - PSU Extension

High somatic cell count is directly correlated to poor udder cleanliness. Learn more about how to maintain a low somatic cell count during the winter


Hoof health starts with the heifer

Last Modified: January 30, 2023
Hoof health starts with the heifer

by Tina Kohlman - UW Madison Extension 

Hoof health is essential for not only the overall health of the animal, but also for her welfare. Digital dermatitis (DD), or hairy heel warts, is an extremely painful condition for dairy cattle, reducing their ability to walk to and from the milking parlor, or to the feed bunk. Based on USDA NAHMS 2017 data, 16.8% of all cows and 2.6% of bred heifers have lameness on a dairy operation.






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Upcoming Events

Organic Farmer-to-Farmer Meetings

April 4, 2023 : NYCO Field Crop Meeting
Geneva, NY

How to Value Your Business, Planning for the Future

April 4, 2023
April 11, 2023
April 18, 2023

Business Planning for Beginning Farmers

April 10, 2023
Jamestown, NY

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Heavy Snow Load Removal For Your Barns

Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY Dairy Environmental Systems offers guidance for heavy snow removal in two resources: Heavy Snow Loads and Do's and Don'ts for Barn Snow Removal.