Northeast Dairy Digest: March 21, 2011

Everetts commit $2 million to Cornell animal science

Cornell University Emeritus Professor Robert Everett and his wife Anne have committed $2 million to endow the Robert and Anne Everett Professorship in Dairy Cattle Genetics, the first endowed position in the Department of Animal Science.

Everett, an emeritus professor of animal science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, dedicated his career to dairy cattle genetics. He came to Cornell in 1966 as a postdoctoral fellow, and in 1968, was hired as an assistant professor to work in research and extension in dairy cattle genetics.

For more than four decades, Everett made advances in the approaches and principles of dairy cattle breeding that improved the efficiency of milk production, ensuring greater profitability for dairy farm families and more affordable dairy products for consumers.

One of Everett’s notable achievements was creating a valuable management tool for dairy farmers, called the Test Day Model, to use data to document their operations, evaluate management practices and make genetic improvements in their livestock that would improve their farm’s performance and profitability.

Everett also taught classes in animal breeding, international agriculture and dairy cattle selection, as well as mentored graduate students and served as an academic adviser to undergraduate students.

Raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, Everett attended the National Agricultural College, now known as Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa. He received master’s and doctorate degrees from Michigan State University. He retired from Cornell in 2008.

Monthly LGM-Dairy update us March 23

Alan Zepp, risk management program coordinator at Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence hosts his “Protecting Your Profits” call, March 23, 12-12:30 p.m. The calls are intended to provide regular updates on dairy markets and margins current available through the Livestock Gross Margin insurance program for dairy (LGM-Dairy). The next LGM-Dairy sales date is March 25-26. Call the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 or e-mail to register or find out more information about the call.

Pennsylvania makes milk quality strides

Pennsylvania’s average somatic cell count has fallen 24% over the past two years, according to the latest “Pennsylvania Dairy Industry Performance Scorecard.” Somatic cell counts in the state now average 234,000, with the state’s total milk production up 1% with 2,000 more cows and one pound more in daily milk production per cow.

New York dairy promotion board nominees sought

New York State Acting Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine called for nominations for the New York Dairy Promotion Advisory Board, which administers the State’s Dairy Promotion Order and evaluates dairy marketing and promotion programs.  Nominations must be received no later than April 1, 2011.

The Advisory Board consists of 10 New York milk producers who oversee and make recommendations on the appropriate expenditure of assessments collected from New York dairy farmers that make up the State’s Dairy Promotion Order.  Members serve a three-year term, commencing May 1, 2011. They do not receive a salary, but are entitled to reimbursement of actual expenses.

Any individual producer marketing milk in New York may be nominated to serve on the Dairy Promotion Advisory Board. Nominations can only be made by individual New York milk producers and must be submitted in writing and signed by the individual producer making the nomination. Cooperatives and other farm organizations are not authorized to nominate individual producers to the Advisory Board, but may endorse producers who are nominated.

Each nomination should provide the name and address of the producer being nominated and his or her cooperative or other organizational affiliation. Other information that is helpful in evaluating a nominee’s qualifications to serve on the Advisory Board include the producer’s herd size, milk market, participation in farm organizations or programs, and experience or interest in dairy marketing activities.

Authorized organizations can endorse nominees by submitting to the Commissioner, no later than April 8, 2011, a resolution of the board of directors or other governing body endorsing the nominations of at least two of its members whose nominations have been received. Authorized organizations are: Agri-Mark, Inc., Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.; Dairylea Cooperative, Inc.; Niagara Frontier Cooperative Milk Producers Bargaining Agency, Inc.; New York Farm Bureau, Inc.; New York State Grange, Inc.; and Rochester Cooperative Milk Producers Bargaining Agency, Inc.

Nominations by individual producers and endorsements by the designated cooperative and other farm organizations should be sent no later than April 1, 2011 for nominations and April 8, 2011 for endorsements to: New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services, Attn: Moe Miran. 10B Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12235

For further information on the New York State Dairy Promotion Advisory Board nomination process, contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services at 518-457-1772.

Milk producers pay 15 cents per hundredweight of milk produced for dairy promotion. The New York State Dairy Promotion Order, established to promote the consumption of New York milk and dairy products, retains 10 of the 15 cents paid by producers for contractual milk promotion activities and dairy research in the state.  The remaining 5 cents is used for national program activities. Last year, $12.5 million was collected through the State Dairy Promotion Order.

Dairy PROS offers dairy professional discussion series

Harrisburg – Agri-business professionals working with dairy farms can expand their network and knowledge base at 2011 Dairy PROS meetings, a series that offers participants the opportunity to gain tools to help their customers and clients excel. The April series will address pricing, policy and programs.

“We introduced Dairy PROS last year exclusively for dairy professionals working day-in and day-out with Pennsylvania’s 7,400 dairy farms,” said John Frey, executive director of the Center for Dairy Excellence. “This year we are focusing on roundtable discussions and networking to allow participants to share the opportunities and challenges facing their dairy farm customers and clients.”

Dairy PROS meetings are hosted three times a year by the center and Penn State Dairy Alliance, with the cost offset by a grant from the Department of Labor and Industry’s Workforce Investment Board.

Three April meetings are planned:

* Wednesday, April 13, at Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road #22, Lancaster, Lancaster Co., from 8-10 a.m.

* Thursday, April 23, at Comfort Inn Mercer, 835 Perry Highway, Mercer, Mercer Co., from 8-10 a.m.

* Wednesday, April 27, at Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd., State College, Centre Co., from 8-10 a.m.

“We will again offer ‘Take It to the Farm,’ a segment that explains the tools available to help farmers enhance their management, performance and profitability,” said Lisa Holden, associate professor with Penn State Dairy Alliance.

For more information or to register for the April series of Dairy PROS meetings, visit, and click on the “Dairy PROS.” Dates for the July Dairy PROS series are also available online.

Questions about the Dairy PROS meeting series can be referred to Penn State Dairy Alliance at 1-888-373-7232 or, or to the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 or

Managing the margin workshops set in New York

The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets is holding a series of workshops designed to help dairy farmers maintain profitability in an uncertain market environment.  Managing the Margin workshops teach dairy producers effective risk management strategies they can use to anticipate and manage price risks for both milk and feed.

The objective of the workshop is to provide producers with concepts and tools to determine breakeven prices, marketing plans, and crop insurance decisions appropriate for their operations under various conditions.  Specific topics that will be discussed include margin risk, risk tolerance, breakeven analysis, use of crop insurance and market volatility.

The schedule is listed below.  A $15 to $20 local registration fee secures lunch and a spot at the workshop.


March 21, 2011 in Randolph (10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Randolph Municipal Building, 72 Main Street, Randolph

RSVP to Lynn A. Bliven at 585-268-7644 x18 or 716-699-2377 x124


March 22, 2011 in Batavia (10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

CCE of Genesee County, 420 East Main Street, Batavia

RSVP to Cathy Wallace at 585-343-3040 x138


March 23, 2011 in Geneva (10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, Jordan Hall, 630 West North Street, Geneva

RSVP to Cathy Wallace at 585-343-3040 x138


March 24, 2011 in Bath (10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Civil Defense Center, 7220 State Route 54, Bath

RSVP to Jim Grace at 607-664-2316


March 25, 2011 in Oneonta (10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Holiday Inn, 5206 Highway 23, Oneonta

RSVP to Marianne Kiraly at 607-865-6531


For questions on the information contained in this FB Alert, e-mail or call NYFB’s Public Policy Department at 1-800-342-4143.