DairyProfit Seminars at this week's Empire Farm Days at Seneca Falls, N.Y., offer much for dair farmers to chew on. Topics range from intensive grazing, transitioning to the next generation, to the latest on boosting cow comfort.
The free seminars begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Empire Farm Days' Dairy Seminar Center at Rodman Lott & Son Farms just south of Seneca Falls. Cornell University's PRO-DAIRY Program and Eastern DairyBusiness present the following seminars:
Tuesday, Aug. 9: Intensive Pasture Management — Three New York dairy producers experienced with grazing the dairy herd will present a panel discussion. They include Bill Paddock of Remsen, N.Y., who milks 75 registered Holsteins and is a grazing specialist with the Oneida County Soil & Water Conservation Service. Mark Savage of Boonville, N.Y., is a partner in a 200-cow operation grazing a milking herd and heifers. He has also managed a larger, free-stall confinement dairy. Joe Schultz operates a 50-cow herd near Lowville, N.Y., where his family has used intensive pasture management since 1988.
Wednesday, Aug. 10: The Next Generation — This session on incorporating the next generation into farm business operations and ownership. The producer panel includes Steve Young, managing 3,000 crop acres at Oakwood Dairy, Auburn, N.Y.; Jon Beller, partner with his parents in their dairy in Carthage, N.Y.; Holly Burley, Dansville, N.Y., who worked in New Zealand after college and now manages a second operation owned with her parents; Kyle Getty, herd manager at Ideal Farms, Schaghticoke, N.Y.; and Mark Mapstone, Farm Credit specialist at Sangerfield, N.Y., working with family business issues and generation transfer strategies.
Thursday, Aug. 11: Cow Comfort Strategies — This panel discusses the latest techniques and benefits of improving the dairy herd's cow comfort. Panel members are Aaron Allen, Schaghticoke, N.Y., partner in a 1500-cow family operations that has implemented sand bedding; Jeff Mulligan of Avon, N.Y., whose 1200-cow dairy is averaging 30,000-pounds milk, incorporating sand bedding along with fan ventilation and sprinklers; Lynn Murray of Carthage, N.Y., whose carefully-planned 448-cow barn incorporates spacious free-stalls, ventilation and sand bedding to improve herd health and production; and Dr. Mark Thomas, DVM, form Lowville, N.Y., whose practice includes consultation on the variety of management issues to be covered.