Agriculture is an important industry in Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, Saratoga and Schoharie Counties. The dairy, livestock and field crop industry represents over seventy percent of the agricultural product sold. Because the land resources in the region are naturally suited for dairy and field crop production the potential for increased agricultural production exists.
The Team Mission:
The Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team was formed to work with this important industry. The mission of this extension team is to provide high quality educational programs that address the needs of dairy, livestock and field crop producers in Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, Saratoga and Schoharie Counties. The team consists of a Dairy Specialist, a Livestock Specialist, a Farm Business Management Specialist, and a Field Crop Specialist, working the eight-county region.
The Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops is supported,
in part, by eight  county Cornell Cooperative Extensions including:
Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego,
Saratoga and Schoharie Counties.
To visit one of these Cornell Cooperative Extension's web sites,
simply click on a county within the map.
Beef Quality Assurance
August 8 - August 11, 2022
Online Classroom Training and Chute-side Trainings. Choose which chute-side training to attend.
Beef Quality Assurance is a nationwide certification program to help ensure a safe, wholesome and quality beef product for consumers.
Topics covered include cattle nutrition, handling and vaccine protocols.
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Final Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis Program Progress Report 2021The fourth and final DFBS Progress Report for 2021 summarizes the progress made from 2020 to 2021 for 136 participating farms.
As farm businesses across New York analyze their financial performance by utilizing the Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis Program that is supported by Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and PRO-DAIRY, the changes that occurred from 2020 to 2021 can be reviewed. An important purpose of management is to compare how your farm changed from one year to the next, how this compares to your business goals, and how this compares to the industry. Understanding what changes occurred and determining why they changed can help in preparation for making business improvements in 2022.
The report consists of five sections:
- Average of all farms (136 farms)
- Less than 500 cows (34 farms)
- 500 to 999 cows (32 farms)
- 1,000 to 1,499 cows (37 farms)
- 1,500 cows and greater (33 farms)
Highlights from the progress report
- Labor efficiency improved in 2021, with a 2.3 percent increase in cows per worker and a 4.9 percent increase in pounds of milk sold per worker. Hired labor costs per worker equivalent also increased 5.1 percent.
- Gross milk price per cwt increased 7 percent from $18.56 in 2020 to $19.77 in 2021.
- Hay dry matter tons per acre and corn silage tons per acres increased 19 percent and 5 percent respectively. This contributed to the increase of accrual crop receipts of 203 percent from 2020.