Implementing Practical Genetics for the Commercial Dairy

Event Details


February 16, 2022
February 23, 2022
March 2, 2022
March 9, 2022
March 16, 2022


12pm - 12:45pm


Virtual via Zoom
Morrison Hall Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850



Kathryn Barrett

This webinar series will be presented entirely by Dr. Heather Huson, Faculty, Dept. of Animal Science, Cornell University.

Based on Dr. Huson's Applied Genetics course this program will give participants an understanding of how to use genetic information to reach their herd goals.  An optional in person session will provide an opportunity for hands on practice with genetic analysis tools.

Registration is $50 per person.  Register here.

Feb 16, 2022 |  12:00pm to 1:00pm ET

  • Overview of genetics evaluations including individual traits, targeted indexes, total performance indexes.
  • Overview of how to obtain genetic evaluations for your herd and what is included in the results.

February 23, 2022 | 12:00-12:45pm ET

  • Inbreeding and Crossbreeding
  • Discussion on how to manage inbreeding, the effects of inbreeding depression, and how crossbreeding can be utilized.

March 2, 2022 | 12:00-12:45pm ET

  • Management and Decision Making
  • Overview of how genetic evaluation results can be used in management decisions.

March 9, 2022 | 12:00-12:45pm ET

  • Marketing and Industry Impact
  • How genetic evaluations are used in marketing, including details you should ask, and ways to select and market your own animals.

March 16, 2022 | 12:00-12:45pm ET          *Must attend this session to participate in the in-person workshop 

  • Data Review
  • Examining genetic evaluation data, creating personalized indexes, and how to use this in management strategies.


In Person Workshop: Opportunity to work with real data in basic excel sheets and in different industry software packages.

Choose between the following two choices: 

March 30 - Morrison Hall Cornell University 10-2pm-lunch provided


TBD   -SUNY ATTAIN Lab in Perry NY 10-noon-presentations; Noon-1-lunch-sponsor interaction 1-2pm-presentations.

If you are sponsoring this event, send your slide to

more content - left








more content - right

Upcoming Events

Tools for Farm Succession Planning Series

March 8, 2023
March 15, 2023
March 22, 2023

Do you have a plan in place for transferring your farm business to the next generation?  This is a FREE 3-week series.

Hands-on Calving & Dystocia Workshop - Spanish Speaking Only

March 24, 2023
Morrisville, NY

Registration for 8 Spanish speaking attendees only. English speaking waiting list available.

Apple Tree Pest and Disease IPM

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 28, 2023
Morrisville, NY

1.5 DEC credits for categories 1a, & 22.


Dave Balbian is Retiring

I have decided that it's time to retire. I find myself at a point in time where I'm now beginning to work with the 3rd generation of people on the farms in our region. It's time to bring in some new young blood into the team. June 28th will be my last official day on the job. I've enjoyed working with you all. The real satisfaction I've had with my work has been seeing producers take my advice and then be successful with it as they moved their business and family forward. 

We're Hiring!

Dairy Management Specialist 

What You Will Do

As the Dairy Management Specialist, you will plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs that address producer-identified needs and opportunities, emphasizing dairy management for dairy producers. Other responsibilities include:

  • Providing producers and industry with a framework to analyze production and management alternatives and to maximize profit opportunities.
  • Collaborate with a diverse mix of farms throughout the region (i.e., conventional, organic, large/small, artisan, processing, etc.) to develop and implement effective education and applied research programs.
  • Analyzing and evaluating major program efforts with the input of all program partners and making recommendations for enhancing these efforts.
  • Participating in regional, statewide, and national professional organizations.
  • Initiating and conducting field demonstrations and in-depth applied research projects appropriate to the needs of commercial dairy production.
  • Individually and collaboratively exploring and pursuing new and additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.
  • Planning and implementing educational programs utilizing various methods, including direct teaching, group experiences, mass media, newsletters, electronic technology, and internet use.
  • Preparing quarterly reports and yearly impact statements on program progress and accomplishments.
Click here for more information and to apply  Applications are due by April 11th.  

Spotted Lanternfly

Lycorma delicatula, or Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), is an invasive plant hopper from Asia and is an agricultural pest. In the United States, it was first found in Pennsylvania in 2014. Spotted Lanternfly has been found in New York State on Staten Island, all New York City boroughs, Long Island, Port Jervis, Sloatsburg, Orangeburg, Ithaca, Binghamton, Middletown, Newburgh, Highland, and the Buffalo area. SLF threatens the agriculture and forestry industries, and is also a nuisance pest. The nymphs and adults feed on over 70 different plants, but is especially detrimental to grapes, a black walnut, hops, maple trees and apples. New York State Ag and Markets supported CCE efforts to help bring awareness to communities and we developed this Public Service Announcement and would appreciate you sharing it with your member lists. 

Sign Up for Our Weekly E-Newsletter

We send out a bi-weekly e-newsletter that has announcements, upcoming programs, and opportunities for you!  Registration is quick, easy, and free.  Click here to sign up today!

CCE Livestock Program Work Team

See the Livestock Program Work Team website for news, upcoming programs, and NYS Slaughterhouse Map.