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2017 Dairy Day

March 14, 2017

Cooperstown, NY

2017 Dairy Day
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NY State Slow Moving Vehicle Symposium

WHEN: February 21, 2017 8:00am TO 3:00pm
WHERE: DoubleTree Hotel
6301 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY 13057

It is not unusual to find yourself sharing the road with slow moving vehicles such as farm/agricultural equipment, construction vehicles…even horse and buggies. They all have the right to use the roadways. Our challenge is to develop a plan to deal with these unique highway safety challenges so that all users have access to safe roads. 

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee cordially invite highway safety advocates from law enforcement, farm/agriculture, construction, Amish/Mennonite, public health, and non-governmental organizations to the 2017 Slow Moving Vehicle Symposium.

The symposium will cover slow moving vehicle highway safety issues from the farm, construction, law enforcement, and religious community perspectives. A member of the Amish community will describe his lifestyle and his highway safety efforts. Current methods of SMV highway safety outreach will be shared. 

• Registration and a continental breakfast will be from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.
• Lunch will be provided.
• Contact the hotel directly for lodging.
• Register using the form at https://blogs.cornell.edu/cceherkimer/files/2009/04/2017-SMV-Registration-1a1gws8.pdf

Registration deadline is January 27, 2017

NewYork State Sheriffs' Association
New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a grant from the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Thursday Dairy Updates

PRO-DAIRY in partnership with DAIRYBUSINESS & HOLSTEIN WORLD magazine has launched a new weekly webinar series each Thursday from 12:30 to 1:15 pm EST. Registration is not required. Click on the Dairy Webinars section of PRO-DAIRY's website to join at https://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/production-management/dairy-webinars 

Each webinar is approved for one continuing education unit (CEU) from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).

PRO-DAIRY is also now offering dairy management webinars in Spanish from 12:30 to 1:00 pm the last Wednesday of each month January through April. Registration is not required. Access the webinar link on the Dairy Webinars section on PRO-DAIRY's website to join. The January webinar will focus on the calving process, and what’s happening with the cow and the calf. The last three webinars will be a series on reproductive management, including heat detection, pregnancy checking, synch protocols and 1st and subsequent breeding strategies.

For more information about PRO-DAIRY, go to: http://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/

CCE Forage Exchange Site

Given the severe drought across much of NYS this year and the potential need for additional forage on dairy farms across the state, the online CCE Forage Exchange has been restarted. Producers or growers with surplus forage or corn may use this site for free to list what they have for sale. Interested buyers may use this site to find what they need and make arrangements directly with sellers. The site URL is below along with a “how to post an ad video.”

Forage exchange: http://forage-exchange.cce.cornell.edu
How to post an ad video: https://youtu.be/Olrwm9drrgU

2016 First Cutting Forage Quality Project

The CNY Dairy and Field Crops Team has begun monitoring hay fields for our First Cutting Forage Quality Project. If you aren't familiar there is a very good correlation between alfalfa height and the level of Neutral Detergent Fiber in not only alfalfa but also grasses.

The team monitors fields throughout our region in May to give forage producers some idea of the optimal time to harvest that important 1st cutting. When to start varies as much as 2 weeks in our region depending where you are, elevation and soil type. Check out the Forage Quality section of our website for more information.

Central New York Dairy & Field Crops - Cornell Cooperative Extension