Saturday, December 19, 2015

Winter Dairy Programs Set for Northern and Western New York

From Cornell Cooperative Extension:

The Cornell Cooperative Extension associations of Northern New York, Quality Milk Production Services, and Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team are partnering to present winter dairy programs on cattle housing and handling, cow comfort, animal welfare, and communicating positive messages about cattle welfare.

Dairy specialists with the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Vermont Department of Animal and Veterinary Services will speak in programs to be offered from 10am to 3 p.m. on:

** Jan. 12 in Burrville at Farm Credit East
** Jan. 13 at Extension offices in Canton in Northern New York and in Albion, Canandaigua and Warsaw in Western New York and

** Jan.. 14 in Chazy at the Miner Institute.

Speakers at the Jan. 12, 13 and 14 programs are:
Dr. Katie Proudfoot, dairy handling and cow comfort
Dr. Julie M. Smith, animal welfare in the milking parlor
Dr. Kimberley Morrill, calf comfort an cold weather considerations.

Internet broadcasting and webinar technology will make the programs possible in multiple sites.

On Jan. 20, American Dairy Association and Dairy Council and Upstate Niagara Cooperative representatives will present information on the National Dairy F.A.R.M. Program and on communicating positive messages about dairy cattle welfare. The programs will be from 10 a.m. to 3 Burrville, Canton and Chazy in Northern New York and Albion, Canandaigua and Warsaw in Western New York.

F.A.R.M. is the acronym for Farmers Assuring Responsible Management. The National Dairy F.A.R.M. Program is a nationwide, verifiable animal wellbeing program being adopted by dairy producers and cooperatives across the United States.

Speakers at the January 20 program are:Beth Meyer, Vice President for Industry Communications with the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council
Sara Gillette, a Senior Animal Well-Being Specialist and Area Manager with the Upstate Niagara Cooperative, and a certified National Milk Producers Federation trainer and evaluator..

The fee to cover two programs in Northern NY is $75 if you preregister by Jan. 4 or $95 at the door. Contact 315-379-9192 or go to

Registration for two programs in Western NY is $75 for those enrolled in the Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Team program, $95 for non-enrollees. For more information or to register, call 585-786-2251 or go to

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