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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2017 Corn Silage Trial Information

Many of you have been looking for the 2017 corn silage trial information and preliminary results have been released. The predicted milk yields with the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System (CNCPS) model will be completed in the coming weeks but wanted to supply you with this preliminary report now.

One reporting difference from last year is that the uNDF 240 is listed as a percent of NDF not of dry matter so the number is larger but the relationship the same: a lower uNDF 240 value indicates better performance.  

To view this information, see our page at https://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=700&crumb=grains|3

Countdown to Census: What You Need to Know

Only eight weeks until producers start to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture 

In just a couple months, farmers and ranchers across the nation will start receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Producers can mail in their completed census form, or respond online via the improved web questionnaire. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has extensively revised the online questionnaire to make it more convenient for producers. 
“The updated online questionnaire is very user-friendly ??" it can now be used on any electronic device, and can be saved and revisited as the producer’s schedule allows,” said NASS Census and Survey Division Director Barbara Rater. “Responding online saves time and protects data quality. That’s our mission at NASS ??" to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. Better data mean informed decisions, and that’s why it is so important that every producer respond and be represented.”

New time-saving features of the online questionnaire include automatically calculating totals, skipping sections that do not pertain to the operation, and providing drop-down menus of frequent responses. Producers still have one week to try the online questionnaire demo on the census of agriculture website (www.agcensus.usda.gov). 

The census website will continue to be updated with new information through the census response deadline of February 5, 2018. One recently added feature is a new video from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue reminding all producers to respond when they receive their 2017 Census of Agriculture in the mail later this year. 
Revisions and additions to the 2017 Census of Agriculture aim to capture a more detailed account of the industry. Producers will see a new question about military veteran status, expanded questions about food marketing practices, and questions about on-farm decision-making to better capture the roles and contributions of beginning farmers, women farmers, and others involved in running the business.

Response to the census of agriculture is required by law under Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105-113. The same law requires NASS to keep all information confidential, to use the data only for statistical purposes, and only in aggregate form to prevent disclosing the identity of any producer. The time required to complete the questionnaire is estimated at 50 minutes. In October, NASS will make a census preparation checklist available on the census website to help producers gather necessary information in advance.

Conducted once every five years, the census of agriculture is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them; it is the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every state and county in the country. Farmers and ranchers, trade associations, government, extension educators, researchers, and many others rely on census of agriculture data when making decisions that shape American agriculture ??" from creating and funding farm programs to boosting services for communities and the industry. The census of agriculture is a producer’s voice, future, and opportunity.

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.

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