The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) associations of Northern New York have welcomed Kimberly Morrill, Ph.D., as the region's new dairy specialist. Morrill will work across St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties.
Born and raised on a New Hampshire dairy farm and an active 4-H member as a youth, Morrill managed her own herd of cattle to pay for her undergraduate education at the University of New Hampshire. She completed her Master's degree in animal nutrition there in 2008. She earned her doctorate degree in animal physiology at the University of Iowa - Ames.
In 2010, Morrill participated in a nationwide colostrum management study to determine what factors impact the quality, and the contamination, of the first milk received by calves. She also participated in a nutrient uptake project in newborn calves.
"While the majority of my research has focused on calf management practices, I have also assisted numerous feeding trials involving lactating cattle and heifers as well as grazing management and organic feeding trials," Morrill says.
"Having grown up on a diary farm, my responsibilities included feeding calves to vaccination protocols, milking, herd health, fresh cow work, record keeping, and helping my brothers show cattle," she adds.
Morrill is currently the national director and president of the Red & White Dairy Cattle Association.
Morrill will be based at the CCE office in Canton, NY; she can be reached at 315-379-9192 x233, 518-564-0498, firstname.lastname@example.org