Southern Tier Spring Grazing Conference


On Saturday, March 16, 2013, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County will host a conference designed to give dairy and livestock producers some of the latest information in preparing for the 2013 grazing season. A veritable "Who's Who" from New York's grazing and agriculture industries have been lined up to provide conference attendees the latest information to help make their dairy and livestock operations more profitable. The conference will be held at Oxford Memorial Library in Oxford, N.Y.

8 - 8:50 a.m. Registration, coffee, view exhibits and vendors

8:50 - 9 a.m. Opening Remarks
                Rich Taber, grazing/ag economic development specialist, CCE Chenango

9 - 9:50 a.m. Electrical Considerations for Fencing Systems
                Rob DeClue, Chenango County Soil & Water Conservation District
                DeClue will discuss the importance of selecting the correct type of electric fence charger, grounding                 systems, stray voltage, safety and other issues that are critically important to successfully using an electric                 fencing system.

10 - 10:50 a.m. Grazing and Crop Insurance
                Fay Benson, Small Dairy Support Group, CCE South Central NY Regional Team
                Farming is an inherently risky business, one example of which was the severe drought last summer.                 Grazing and crop insurance help you level the playing field by protecting you and your family from                 substantial losses. Benson will explain how to lower your economic risks with the judicious and affordable                 use of grazing and crop insurance.

11 - 11:50 a.m. Dairy Business Management Programs for Graziers
                Jason Karzes, Cornell University Pro-Dairy Team
                Karzes will be presenting information on some of the very useful business benchmark programs available                 to dairy producers from the Cornell Pro-Dairy program, which positively impacts New York's dairy industry.                 Through its research, discussion groups, educational programs, financial analysis, websites, publications                 and personal contacts, the Cornell University-based program reaches thousands of dairy-oriented people.

12 - 1 p.m. Lunch, visit with exhibitors and vendors
                Assorted sandwich platter (ham, turkey, roast beef, BLT, tuna, egg, chicken) on assorted breads and                 wraps, salads, chips and pickles, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, cookies and brownies. Cost: $10.

1 - 1:50 p.m. Maximizing Dry Matter Intake in Grazing Cows
                Karen Hoffman, dairy nutritionist, Natural Resources Conservation Service
                Hoffman is a well-known dairy and grazing nutritionist who will share insights on how to get cows to eat as                 much of their diet as possible from low-cost grazing forages, and how to supplement rations as                 economically as possible when grass is in short supply.

2 - 2:50 p.m. Feeding Grain to Dairy Cows
                Dave Balbian, Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Team
                Feeding grain to cows can be expensive; Balbian will share insights on how to economically feed                 purchased grains to cows to help maintain profits and animal health in grazing herds.

Directions to Oxford Memorial Library: In Oxford, turn east onto Main St. and go to 8 Fort Hill Park.

Information and a registration form are available here. You can register by mail, email or phone. There is no cost to attend the conference, though there is a $10 fee per person for lunch. Please preregister by March 14, even if you aren't planning to have lunch.

To register:
By mail: CCE Chenango, 99 N. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815
By email:
By phone: 607-334-5841