The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) associations of northern New York are offering Winter Dairy Management programs to encourage regional dairy farmers to act now to prepare their businesses for a future upswing in the price of milk.
"Every dairy operator riding the 'Ferris wheel' of milk prices knows that the current lows are lower than break-even. Drought, high feed costs, tight margins, and lack of capital seem to be the new standard. Dairies that are not ready to make management adjustments will have a hard time enduring the low cycle. The 2013 Winter Dairy Management programs are focused on providing dairy producers the ideas and tools necessary to manage the downturns and position themselves to take advantage when milk prices recover," says Ron Kuck, a dairy and livestock specialist with CCE Jefferson County, Watertown, N.Y.
The 2013 Winter Dairy Management programs will be held Wednesday, March 6, in Carthage at the Carthage Elks Club, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, March 7, in Malone at Moe's Pub & Grill, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The program fee is $35, with $25 for additional persons from the same farm, for lunch and material; $40 at the door, space permitting. Those interested in attending the Malone program are asked to register by February 20 with Kimberley Morrill, 315-379-9192, firstname.lastname@example.org
. Those interested in attending the Carthage program may preregister by February 25 with Ron Kuck at 315-788-8450, email@example.com
"Now is the time for dairy operators to consider how they might change even one thing to capture profit when the price of milk rises, driven by public demand for yogurt and cheese in the next 24 to 36 months," says northern New York regional dairy specialist Kimberley Morrill, based at the CCE St. Lawrence office in Canton, N.Y.
CCE and Cornell University PRO-DAIRY Program will introduce a decision-making tool to evaluate the best reproductive management strategy and offer new research information on LED lighting for dairy barns, improving forage quality, and how to optimize cow comfort for highest return on investment.
The Winter Dairy Management program agenda also includes an update on Salmonella Dublin with New York state veterinarians Dr. Patrina Ashley and Dr. Don Russell, and a presentation of dairy modernization considerations.
FSA borrower credits are available.
The Winter Dairy Management program will also be offered Tuesday, March 5, at the CCE Oneida County office in Oriskany, N.Y.
Learn more about agriculture in northern New York on the Cornell Cooperative Extension website at www.ccenny.com
Winter Dairy Management topics and speakers include:
Is Your Reproductive Management Program the Most Profitable Alternative?
Dr. Julio O. Giordano, Ph.D., DVM, Cornell University
LED Lighting Field Research Results: New Fixtures for Dairy Operations
Jackson Wright, Cornell Cooperative Extension North West NY Dairy Team
Attention to Forage Quality Can Improve Net Farm Income
Dr. Jerry Bertoldo, Cornell Cooperative Extension North West NY Dairy Team
Optimize Cow Comfort Throughout the Barn
Curt Gooch, PE, Cornell University PRO-DAIRY Program
Salmonella Dublin Animal Health Advisory Update
New York state veterinarians Dr. Patrina Ashley and Dr. Don Russell
Dairy Modernization: Profitability Factors
Beth Dahl, Cornell University Cooperative Extension dairy modernization specialist