Central NY 2014 Dairy Day ~ looking to the future

CEW-MR-2-Dairy Dayby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Are robotic milkers in your dairy’s future? What are your options for installing low-cost milking parlors on your farm? How can you economically transition from a tie stall to a free stall with a low-cost milking parlor? Can you make your dairy more profitable? These were questions that speakers, including Cornell’s ProDairy program financial analyst Jason Karszes, ProDairy’s Kathy Barrett and University of Wisconsin, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering David Kammel, addressed at Central New York’s 2014 Dairy Day. [Read more…]

Your farm as a classroom

CEW-MR-1-John Bowne794by Steven E Smith

“I love it out here. It is just perfect to me,” stated Gieselle as she was reflecting on the fullness of her summer experiences at Dreamroad dairy farm in Johnstown, NY. Giselle’s excitement for farm chores was not because she is a member of the Ferry family farm, she was a summer work-study student from John Bowne High School in New York City. After finishing her junior year of school, Gisselle had reached the placement phase and working at a dairy farm was her goal. After years of commitment and demonstrated proficiency in her school’s Ag program experience, Gieselle had the privilege of working closely with animals in preparation to study animal science when she goes to college. [Read more…]

Mastitis: are vaccines the answer?

by Tamara Scully

The Penn State Mastits and Milk Quality Conference featured speakers and researchers from several universities, and emphasized the need for a multi-faceted approach to manage mastitis. Addressing mastitis means focusing on prevention, identifying the organism responsible, taking steps to stop infection and appropriately treating cases of infection based on their etiology.

“Our ultimate goal is to prevent infection,” Gina Pighetti, Ph.D, of the University of Tennessee, said. [Read more…]

Advancing Eco Agriculture ~ Regenerative farming

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

John Kempf, founder and CEO of Advancing Eco Agriculture, presented an informational seminar focusing on methods of optimizing soil composition and nutrient application to achieve essential functional immunity and regeneration of plants.

“Healthy plants resist insects and disease,” Kempf stated, pointing out that these are not his original ideas, but that there is much documentation to back up this theory. [Read more…]

Deconstructing lameness in dairy cows

C4-MR-2-LAMENESSPart 1: hoof anatomy and how lameness happens

by Sally Colby

Dr. Ernest Hovingh, extension veterinarian, Penn State University, echoes what dairy farmers already know:  that lameness in dairy cattle is an important problem in the industry. In addition to affecting reproduction, milk production and overall health, lameness is a true animal welfare issue that must be addressed. [Read more…]