Event Details


August 23, 2017


7-9 pm, Optional farm tour at 6 pm


Stony Brook Farm
368 Youngs Corners Rd
Amsterdam, NY 12010


This event is free.




Pre-Registration Deadline: August 22, 2017


Summer Dairy Research Update: Heifer Reproduction ~ Hypocalcemia

August 23, 2017

Reducing Replacement Heifers Rearing Cost through Improved Reproductive Management
Replacement cows generated by a heifer rearing enterprise are critical to the future of dairy farms. Nevertheless, raising heifers represents a major cost burden accounting for as much as 15 to 20% of the total cost of production. Thus, minimizing the duration of the non-lactating period by reducing days to pregnancy can help reduce farm operating costs. We will present new research data evaluating different reproductive management programs for dairy heifers in commercial dairy farms. The impact of these strategies on the reproductive performance and economics of heifers during their non-lactating period and their first lactation will be discussed.

Fresh Cow Calcium Supplementation- To Treat or Not to Treat
A recent large trial conducted on farms in New York State has provided insight into which cows truly benefit from oral calcium supplementation.  We will review the trial results to help you make practical decisions regarding post-calving calcium supplementation in your herds.

Speakers include:
  • Julio O. Giordano, DVM, MS, PhD, Cornell University, St. John Family Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor - Dairy Cattle Biology & Management, Department of Animal Science 
  • Magdalena Masello Souza, DVM, Cornell University PhD Student?Dairy Cattle Biology & Management Lab
  • Mark Thomas, DVM, DABVP-Dairy, Dairy Health & Management Services, LLC
Meeting will be held:
Stony Brook Farm, 368 Youngs Corners Rd, Amsterdam, NY 12010
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 7-9 pm.  An optional farm tour will take place at this farm at 6 pm)

Registration is free, but you need to register so we have refreshments and dessert for everyone.
Register by using the registration link above or by calling CCE Herkimer County at (315) 866-7920 or emailing herkimer@cornell.edu.  Please RSVP with Name, farm/clinic/business name, the number attending the meeting, the number attending the optional farm tour and your daytime phone number.

This meeting is supported by:
  • Cornell University
  • Dairy Health & Management Services
  • NY Farm Viability Institute

Summer Dairy Research Update 2017 (PDF; 672KB)









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Welcome Nicole Tommell~Farm Business Management Specialist

We welcome Nicole Tommell as the new agricultural business management specialist on the Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops team. Nicole will provide leadership for planning and developing programing that emphasizes business management and profitability. Thanks to the CCE associations in the region and Cornell for expanding our team's capacity to meet the educational needs of the ag industry in Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, Saratoga and Schoharie Counties.

Nicole received her Bachelor of Technology degree from SUNY Cobleskill in Agricultural Business. She also holds a Masters in Agricultural Education from North Carolina State University. Before joining the team, Nicole was a Visiting Instructor at SUNY Cobleskill teaching courses ranging from agricultural business to animal science. She has also managed a diversified cattle operation she owns with her husband.

Her primary goal will be to provide business analysis, planning and development support for agricultural businesses in the region. Please welcome Nicole to the team.

You can reach Nicole at:
Phone: 315-867-6001
E-mail: nt375@cornell.edu

See her bio at: https://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/specialist.php?id=43

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