Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Winter Dairy Management Program set for March 15

This comes to us from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County:

The Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Cayuga, Onondaga and Oswego counties are joining with Cornell Pro-Dairy to bring dairy farmers the Winter Dairy Management program from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 15 at The Red Mill Inn  4 Syracuse St.,  Baldwinsville.

The cost is $20 and includes lunch. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until 2:30 p.m.

The deadline to preregister is March 8. To register, call 963-7286 and send payment to Oswego CCE, 3288 Main St., Mexico, NY 13114.

The program focuses on helping dairy farmers stay afloat in tough financial times and capitalize when milk prices are high.

Here is an overview of what the presentations will cover:

·          Is Your Repro Program the Most Profitable Alternative?
Because of the wide array of reproductive management strategies available, the ability to predict the future reproductive and economic performance of herds is a valuable tool to dairy producers and consultants.         
·          Dairy Modernization - Factors Affecting Profitability to Consider. 
Merging the research and educational outreach of Cornell Extension and the vast network of existing support industries to identify and implement progressive herd and crop management strategies. 
·          Paying Attention to Forage Quality Can Improve Net Farm Income.
Retaining crop nutrients grown and fed is influenced by harvest quality and silo management. Harvesting forages at proper maturity, SiloStop/FeedFresh-Too good to pass up; inoculants: Insurance or Strategy; shredlage-what do the feed trials say?      
·          LED Lighting-Field Research Results.
LED lighting technologies and products are rapidly changing and evolving. New fixtures are available and being used by dairy producers. Proper lighting is important for optimum cow performance and providing a safe and pleasant work environment.  
·          Optimizing Cow Comfort throughout the Barn. Cow Comfort Impacts Profit!
Productivity increases in dairy production can be obtained in three ways: genetics feeding management and cow comfort or handling improvements. An investment in cow comfort pays in sound returns.
For more information, call 963-7286 or go to this link  www.thatscooperativeextension.org.

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