Friday, February 20, 2015

Extension to Hold Winter Dairy Management Workshops on Milk Components March 18 and 20

Dairy farmers will be able to learn how to make more money on the milk they produce at the Winter Dairy Management workshops scheduled for March 18 in Carthage and March 20 in Malone.

The workshops will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will focus on how farmers can improve the production of milk components, such as butterfat and protein, that generate premium income. The agenda at each location includes the experience of a local dairy operator who increased farm profitability by raising milk components by applying nutrition and dairy environment practices that encourage quality milk production.

The workshop fee is $35 before March 8, $50 at the door; lunch and materials included.

To register for the Carthage workshop at the Carthage Elks Club, go online to or contact Ron Kuck at CCE Jefferson County, 788-8450, or Terri Taraska, CCE Lewis County, 376-5270,

To register for the Malone workshop at Mo’s Pub and Grill, go online to or contact Kim Morrill, CCE St Lawrence County, 379-9192,

Workshop presentations by Cornell University PRO-Dairy faculty will include how milk components impact milk check income, how managing income over feed costs impacts farm profitability and how feeding programs and dairy cow nutrition influence milk component production.

Presenters include Cornell PRO-Dairy Director and Animal Science Professor Tom Overton, dairy business management specialist Jason Karszes and Dairy Profit Discussion Groups Leader Kathy Barrett.

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