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. 





4 Concerns Weighing on Dairy Producers for the Year Ahead

Last Modified: November 28, 2022

By KAREN BOHNERT - Dairy Herd Management (To access the original article, click here)

We have found our way back to a new normal after enduring a world pandemic that impacted every corner of the world. Although, 2022 certainly was far from a normal year for dairy farmers. While $30-plus milk prices were welcoming, many producers shared that it didn't last long enough and wasn't high enough to absorb the stifling inflation that also has impacted everything—from labor to feed costs, to everything else in between. These four topics are on the minds of producers in the year ahead.


Chop talk: The importance of forage particle size in the diet -Progressive Dairy

Last Modified: November 28, 2022
Chop talk: The importance of forage particle size in the diet -Progressive Dairy

by Casey Havekes 

Minimizing the amount of forage particles retained on the top sieve of the Penn State Particle Separator is a good strategy for promoting desirable feeding behaviors and maximizing dry matter intake


Don't undercut the high-producing cows

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

Last Modified: November 28, 2022
Don't undercut the high-producing cows

BY ABBY BAUER, SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR (For the original article click here)  

With input costs on the rise, farmers across the country are looking for ways to improve profitability and reduce spending. Feed is a big cost center and one that often gets scrutinized, but during the November Hoard's Dairyman webinar, Mike Hutjens advised the audience that the ration is not the place to cut corners.


Six Straw Alternatives to Get You Through a Bedding Shortage

Last Modified: November 14, 2022
Six Straw Alternatives to Get You Through a Bedding Shortage

By Taylor Leach - Dairy Herd Management 


Farm to School Program Looking for Farms to Supply Local Foods to Schools

Last Modified: November 7, 2022
Farm to School Program Looking for Farms to Supply Local Foods to Schools

CCE Harvest New York's Regional Farm-to-School Coordinator Program is looking for farms and food businesses to supply local foods to schools in our region, including meats and dairy products.

 


Gloves: Are You Protecting Your Herd? - PSU Extension

Last Modified: November 7, 2022
Gloves: Are You Protecting Your Herd? - PSU Extension

Wearing gloves is a simple management tool that could help prevent bacteria and help to reduce your somatic cell count.


Fitness for Transport for FARM v4.0 - Animal Health Diagnostic Center

Last Modified: November 1, 2022
Fitness for Transport for FARM v4.0 - Animal Health Diagnostic Center

Dairy animals are an important source of beef in the United States. Approximately 20 percent of the nation's total beef production on an annual basis comes from the dairy sector, including fed dairy cattle and marketed cows and bulls. This chapter specifically focuses on considerations for the marketing of dairy animals for beef production. For information on animal care for beef animals (including dairy steers) please follow the guidelines of the Beef Quality Assurance Program. 


Navel Care Beyond the Dip - Infographic available in English

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

Last Modified: November 1, 2022
Navel Care Beyond the Dip - Infographic available in English

Dairy Farming Essentials: Navel Care Beyond the Dip (Click here to access original content)

Infographic available in English


Dairy Farming Essentials: Navel Care Beyond the Dip

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

Last Modified: October 17, 2022
Dairy Farming Essentials: Navel Care Beyond the Dip

Disinfecting the navel cord is a common practice among farms and, for the most part, a pretty straightforward process. However, recent studies have shown that there is more to navel care than we realize. According to a study from Cornell University published in the Journal of Dairy Science (Wieland et al., 2017), umbilical infections may be more common than we diagnose on farms. While older studies indicate that just 1.3% to 14% of calves develop an umbilical infection, these authors, using more advanced technology, diagnosed umbilical disorders in 27% of all calves enrolled in their study.


AMS facility design by The Dairyland Initiative and my takeaway messages!

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

Last Modified: October 4, 2022

Check out this excellent resource for AMS facility design by The Dairyland Initiative!

https://thedairylandinitiative.vetmed.wisc.edu/home/housing-module/adult-cow-housing/automated-milking-systems/


When BRD occurs, diagnose and treat early for best results - Dairy Business

Last Modified: October 4, 2022
When BRD occurs, diagnose and treat early for best results - Dairy Business

by TIAGO TOMAZI, PH.D., D.V.M., DAIRY TECHNICAL SERVICES, MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH

To see the original article, click here



FARM Program Continuing Education Articles in Spanish by Lindsay Ferlito

Last Modified: September 26, 2022
FARM Program Continuing Education Articles in Spanish by Lindsay Ferlito

Version 4.0 of the National Dairy FARM Program is in effect January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2024. One of the changes to this version is the requirement of training and continuing education for employees as well as family member employees and owners. Version 4.0 requires annual continuing education in animal care and handling for anybody with animal care responsibilities, and job-specific training for the following topics if they apply:  

  1. Stockmanship
  2. Pre-weaned calf care
  3.  Non-ambulatory animals
  4. Euthanasia 
  5. Determining if animals are fit to transport 





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Upcoming Events

Economic Feasibility Case Study of Co-Digestion of Manure and Food Waste on a Northern New York Dairy Farm

December 1, 2022

Are you interested in exploring whether a manure and food waste co-digestion enterprise might be feasible at your dairy? This webinar will present the economic feasibility of two scenarios of anaerobic co-digestion on a case dairy farm located in Northern New York.

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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.