Dairy

DairyDairy is the leading agricultural industry in New York State, and the state ranks third in the country for milk production. Our seven counties in central New York form a vibrant dairy region, with 915 dairy farms of many different sizes and production systems. The value of product sold annually is over 244 million dollars.





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2021 Central NY Dairy Day

March 9, 2021
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EIDL Loan Program Information-Fact Sheet #5

Nicole Tommell, Area Ag Business Management Specialist/Team Leader
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: August 31, 2020

Fact Sheet #5 - It's not over until… The EIDL loan program reopens, but only for farms. Here is what you need to know to apply. Also, the PPP still has money! (and a few policy updates) - May 11, 2020

Elizabeth Higgins, Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program, Nicole Tommell, Central NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program and Myron Thurston, CCE Madison County


PPP and EIDL Fact Sheet #4

Nicole Tommell, Area Ag Business Management Specialist/Team Leader
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: August 31, 2020

PPP Update


VIDEO: Early Corn Silage Harvest 2020

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: August 25, 2020

Dialing into your best dairy

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: June 29, 2020

A Podcast Series 

Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Regional Dairy Specialists and Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY


PPP and USDA Presentation

Nicole Tommell, Area Ag Business Management Specialist/Team Leader
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: April 27, 2020

CARES Act's Emergency Resources for Farm Businesses: PPP

Nicole Tommell, Area Ag Business Management Specialist/Team Leader
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: April 2, 2020

The recent CARES Act provided additional emergency funding through Small Business Administration (SBA) for businesses who are facing losses due to CORVID-19.  


Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations

Ashley McFarland, Area Livestock Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: March 25, 2020

Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations release from New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets on March 22, 2020.


Novel Coronavirus Prevention & Control

Ashley McFarland, Area Livestock Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: March 25, 2020

Article from The Ag Workforce Journal


An Extra Pound of Feed

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: April 15, 2019

If the average cow in your dairy herd were to consume an extra pound of feed per day what would happen? 


Hoards Dairyman Article: They Bulked up Component Production

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: July 18, 2018

Although the NYFVI Grant using precision feed management to improve profitability on dairy farms is complete, an article about success on two participating farms appeared in the April 10, 2018 issue of Hoard's Dairyman.


Brainstorming Ideas to Keep Cows Milking with This Year's Wet Weather

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: June 16, 2017

Rain that never seems to stop has caused lots of frustration. Attached are some ideas to consider to overcome the effects of late harvested 1st cutting on milk production. 

Do's and Don'ts When Facing Financial Difficulty

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: August 1, 2016

The following, prepared by Wayne A. Knoblauch, Professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Management Cornell University in 2009, is applicable today.  

Article was reprinted in the August 2016 issue of the Central New York Dairy News

Ten Key Herd Management Opportunities on Dairy Farms

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: August 1, 2016

Article from the August 2016 edition of the Central New York Dairy News

Written by: Tom Overton, Larry Chase, Jason Karszes, Mike Van Amburgh, and David Galton, Department of Animal Science and PRO-DAIRY, Cornell University 2009, but still applicable today. 

Dairy Market Watch May 2015

Kevin Ganoe, Area Field Crop Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 29, 2015

An educational newsletter to keep producers informed of changing market factors affecting the dairy industry.



Program on Dairy Markets and Policy

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 29, 2015

Stay up-to-date on the dairy market situation. This link will take you to a monthly dairy situation & outlook commentary from Mark Stephenson & Bob Cropp, University of Wisconsin, Madison. They are two of the leading dairy economists in the nation. 

Calculating Marginal Milk Protein Income

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 18, 2014

Balancing amino acids can lead to higher profitability by higher milk protein but there is a cost.  Suggestions on how to calculate if balancing will pay for you.

Corn Silage Quality/Quantity Now Critical for Some...

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 9, 2014

Article originally in August 2011 Dairy News

Consider balancing your ration for amino acids

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 1, 2014

Article from April 2012 Central New York Dairy News

Forage Shortfalls

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 1, 2014

From an article published in the August 2012 Central New York Dairy News

Grain Feeding

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 1, 2014

From an article first printed in the August 2012 Central New York Dairy News.

Now is the Time to Get Your Herd Ready for Hot Weather

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 1, 2014

Article from Central New York Dairy News April 2012

Are you and your cows ready for the summer heat?

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: April 30, 2014

Summer arrives every year in June and our dairy cattle are always negatively affected by the summer heat and humidity.

CP or MP?

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: April 30, 2014

Is Your Ration Balanced for Crude Protein (CP) or Metabolizable Protein (MP)? CP is Old School Technology!


Info on the Dairy Acceleration Program

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: April 30, 2014

The Dairy Acceleration Program is an initiative of Governor Cuomo, in partnership with the NY Department of Agriculture and Markets and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The program is designed to enhance profitability of New York dairy farms and to maintain a commitment to environmentally responsible growth.

June is Dairy Month and the Economic Squeeze Continues...

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: April 30, 2014

This is an article from the June 2012 CNY Dairy News

Opportunity Areas Affecting Herd Profitability

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: April 30, 2014



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