Northeast Dairy Digest: March 2011

Pennsylvania Grazing Conference registration closed

Registration for the 14th Annual Northwest Pennsylvania Grazing Conference on March 15, in DuBois, Pa., has sold out. Overwhelming awareness about this year’s keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin has resulted in a capacity crowd for the event.  For any questions, contact Headwaters RC&D at 814-375-1372 Extension 4.

Penn State Dairy Digest online

The February 2011 issue of Dairy Digest is now online at

In this issue:

Pennsylvania Dairy of Distinction applications due April 15

Lighting changes coming in 2012 with government ban

What is AMDUCA and what is the FDA up to?

Study reports long-term effects of calfhood events

Producers can create cash flow plan at Dairy Alliance workshop

How to create cow-friendly tie stalls

For a pdf of this issue, go to

Dairy webinar to address heat stress

Now is the time to consider modifications to dairy housing to address upcoming summer heat events and their impact on milk production and herd health.

“Heat Stress Abatement in Freestall and Tie Stall Dairies” is the topic of the next session of the Technology Tuesdays webinar series presented by Penn State Dairy Alliance. The online session will be offered, free, on March 8, 8:30-10 a.m., Eastern time.

Dan F. McFarland and John Tyson, Penn State Extension engineers, will lead the session. “Heat abatement has become more important than ever with today’s high-producing cows. However, the issue on the farm is which method or methods best fit the dairy’s facilities and management, while being a good economic investment,” explains McFarland. “We’ll look at some ways to sort through the options to get the one that’s the best fit for your farm,” notes Tyson.

Technology Tuesdays is a free webinar series designed for dairy producers, their employees, and agri-business professionals. The webinar format lets participants enjoy an educational program in real-time from the comfort and convenience of their office computer or laptop.

Although there is no fee to participate in the program, advance registration is required. To register, contact the Dairy Alliance office, toll-free, at 888-373-7232 or email

Participants must have a high-speed internet connection and speakers on their computer in order to see and hear the presentation. More information is available at:

Advance dairy reproduction workshop offered

Penn State research shows that reproductive performance is one the most common bottlenecks to profitability on

Pennsylvania dairies. Reproductive performance impacts the bulk tank as longer days open and extended calving intervals lead to fewer days of peak milk production.

To address these bottlenecks to profitability, Penn State Dairy Alliance is offering a series of Advanced Reproduction Workshops at sites across the state in March. This workshop is for dairy producers, their employees, and interested dairy industry personnel. Participants in the Advanced Reproduction Workshop will receive in-depth training in heat synchronization methods, the use of BioPRYN(r), using genomics to improve herd genetics, and managing reproductive diseases.

Instructors will include: Penn State Extension educators Robert Goodling, Gary Hennip, Brian Kelly and Amber Yutzy, and Dr. Robert Van Saun of the Penn State Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates, at

these locations:

* Huntingdon County: March 15, 2011. Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Huntingdon County, 10722 Fairgrounds Road, Huntingdon, PA.

* Lancaster County: March 17, 2011. Shady Maple Smorgasbord, 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl, PA.

* Mercer County: March 22, 2011. Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Mercer County, 463 N. Perry Highway, Mercer, PA.

* Bradford County: March 24, 2011. Blast Central Intermediate Unit, 33 Springbrook Drive, Canton, PA.

Advance registration is required. Thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Pennsylvania producers and their dairy employees may attend at the discounted rate of $25 per person. The registration fee is $50 per person for all others. To register, call the Penn State Dairy Alliance Office, toll-free, at 888-373-7232, or register online with a credit card at This workshop qualifies for two SmartStart credits through AgChoice Farm Credit.

Monthly conference call discusses LGM for Dairy margins, markets and risk management

Join Alan Zepp, risk management program coordinator at the Center for Dairy Excellence, leads “Protecting Your Profits” calls the last Wednesday of every month. The calls are intended to provide regular updates on dairy markets and margins current available through the Livestock Gross Margins (LGM) for Dairy. The calls are held just ahead of the monthly LGM sales date, which is the last business Friday until the following day, Saturday, at 9 p.m.

Call the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 or e-mail to register or find out more information about the call.