Event Details


February 27, 2019


10:30 am-3:00 pm


Colgate Inn
1 Payne St
Hamilton, NY 13346


$30.00 First person
(additional attendee $30.00 ea.)


Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

Pre-Registration Deadline: February 22, 2019


Forage Quality Conference ~ Hamilton

February 27, 2019

2 Locations to choose from.  Registration above is for Hamilton location only.

When/Where: Wednesday, February 27
Colgate Inn
146 Steele Rd
Hamilton, NY 13346 

Thursday, February 28
Hales Mills Country Club
146 Steele Rd
Johnstown, NY 12095

10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: $30 per person (includes lunch)

Register: Online at above link for Hamilton location, or https://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=832 for Johnstown location.  Registration must be received by Friday, February 22


10:00 a.m. Registration

10:30 a.m. "Growing High Quality Alfalfa, Grass, & Alfalfa-Grass Mixtures" Dr. Jerry H. Cherney, Professor -Soil & Crop Sciences at Cornell University

11:30 a.m. "Corn Silage - Everything You Wanted to Know about Quality" Joe Lawrence, Dairy Forage Systems Specialist, Pro Dairy

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. "How to Maintain Quality with Proper Fermentation & Preservation" Dr. Limin Kung, Professor & Chair of Animal Science, University of Delaware

2:30 p.m. Discussion & Questions

3:00 p.m. Adjourn 

Pay online with credit card with link above for Hamilton location only. Note: Your transaction may take up to 60 seconds to complete. To help avoid duplicate payments, please wait and do not click the "Register for Event" button more than once.

Or fill out the registration form on the attached pdf and return it along with payment to:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Herkimer County
5657 State Route 5
Herkimer, NY 13350.
Make checks payable to: Cornell Cooperative Extension

Please call 315.866.7920 if you have any questions.

Registration must be received in the office by Friday, February 22, 2018. 

Registration allows us to communicate any cancellations or changes in arrangements.

Note that if you receive a blank registration confirmation, please email herkimer@cornell.edu and we will forward you the correct confirmation. This has been a problem for some email servers such as Yahoo and Verizon.

Forage Quality Conference (PDF; 593KB)









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First Cutting Forage Quality Project

The CNY Dairy, Livestock 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.

Click here to go directly to 1st Cutting Quality Updates.