Will New York dairies survive?

CW-MR-2-NY-Dairies-surviv1e2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

If you listen to what dairy farmers are saying, you may conclude that New York State’s status as a “Dairy State” is unlikely to continue.

Small farms and large alike are being negatively impacted by the low milk prices and the numbers are staggering.

“We lost $3,000 in one month,” reports Terri Phillips of Dellavale Farm, Montgomery County. “I can’t imagine what it is on a bigger farm!” Dellavale milks about 50 cows.

Sandie Prokop co-owner of Schoharie County’s Crossbrook Dairy Farm, is milking nearly 400. “The main point is that at the end of the week, after 80-plus hours of work, my son — the daily manager — has zero dollars for all his work! Every penny that can be scraped up is spent for expenses.” [Read more…]

Automatic dairy farming: Part 2

CEW-MR-1-Automatic-Da1iry4by Tamara Scully

Dairy farmers recently gathered at Mor-Dale Farms, in Myersville, PA, to learn about automation: calf feeders, feed pushers, robotic milking systems and more. Part One discussed the use of automatic calf feeders as presented at the workshop “Automation and the Dairy Industry,” organized by Dr. Charles Garner, DVM.

Automatic feeding robots

Once calves mature, automation can still play a role in their daily feeding. Even in barns where humans — not robots — milk the cows, equipment, such as an automatic feed pusher, can simplify farm chores while helping to insure the cows consume the maximum dry matter intake, and are eating more of their daily rations. [Read more…]

Getting ready for grazing

by Troy Bishopp

Spring ushers in getting cows out to pasture. It also may mean new grazing and land management plans that help achieve financial and environmental goals.

Farmers like Dairyman, Kevin Murphy from Brookfield, NY that produce milk in the Upper Susquehanna River Watershed are implementing best management practices such as buffers, rotational grazing systems and nutrient management strategies with the help of federal and state agencies to meet water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay. Conservation also saves soil, reduces feed and fertilizer costs while returning more money back to the farm. These approaches make agriculture more resilient. [Read more…]

35th Annual Cobleskill Dairy Fashion Sale

CE-MR-3-Dairy-Fashion11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Dairy cattle buyers were in full attendance and heavy bidding ensued at SUNY Cobleskill’s recent, 35th Annual Cobleskill Dairy Fashion Sale.

“I do not think many people know that this sale is completely student run, from developing advertisements to actually obtaining the consigned animals,” stated Erica Gogis, SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club President. “Students have worked diligently to put the sale together.” [Read more…]

Cayuga County holds Youth Tractor Safety Course

CE-MR-1-Cayuga-Cou1nty1Each year, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Cayuga County delivers a Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Certification course, specifically to educate youth. Youth from Cayuga and the surrounding counties are invited to participate in this very important safety program. This year, 10 teenagers from Cayuga and Onondaga Counties successfully completed the six week (24 hour) safety certification course. [Read more…]