Northeast Dairy Digest: February-March 2011

Pennsylvania Dairy Summit offers producer discount

The 2011 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit offers a 50% registration discount for Pennsylvania dairy producers and their employees. The event is being held Feb. 2-3, at the Lancaster Host Resort in Lancaster, Pa.

Presentations include:

• Dairy and Sustainability

• The Farm Bill, Dairy Policy and You

• Money Makers for Your Dairy Business

Breakout sessions include:

• Reaping the Most from Your Reproduction Strategy

• Cow Comfort and Animal Patterns

• A Producer’s Perspective on Managing Your Risks

• Direct Marketing

A special Wednesday evening session will discuss animal activism.

Thursday’s closing luncheon speaker will provide a message of inspiration and hope, “Changing Your View of Success.” Jenné Fromm is a nationally recognized writer, speaker and motivator whose personal story and insight triggers sensible ideas for meaningful change.

In addition to the formal education program, dairy producers will have the opportunity to learn from more than 60 industry suppliers in the exhibit area.

The event is hosted by the Center for Dairy Excellence ( and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania ( Supporting partners are the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Penn State Dairy Alliance, an initiative of Cooperative Extension.

Information on the producer discount and all the details of the Summit program are available at A special hotline for Dairy Summit questions has been set up at

For additional details or specific questions, e-mail: or phone: 877-326-5993.

Vermont adds ACAP agronomists to aid dairy producers

Vermont’s Agronomy and Conservation Assistance Program (ACAP) recently hired three agronomy outreach professionals to consult with Vermont animal agriculture operations on agronomic and conservation practices to help reduce agricultural runoff into Lake Champlain and its tributaries.

Rico Balzano, Brian Trudell and Jennifer Alexander will work one-on-one with farmers in the Lake Champlain Basin through this program, a collaboration of University of Vermont (UVM) Extension, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the Southern Vermont Nutrient Management Program of the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District. Balzano and Trudell will be employed by UVM Extension, Alexander by the conservation district.

The new agronomists will advise farmers on crop production, production facility best management practices and livestock dietary and whole-farm nutrient balances. They will work with them to identify high-priority conservation projects by completing a whole farm inventory of their current farm operation and help them obtain financial and technical resources to carry out those projects.

ACAP is funded through the Lake Champlain Basin Program and the Agency of Natural Resources. For more information, contact Jeff Carter, UVM Extension agronomy specialist for field crops and nutrient management, at (802) 388-4969, ext. 332, or

2011 Herd Health and Nutrition Conference set

The 2011 Herd Health and Nutrition Conference will be held March 1-2, at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool, N.Y.; and March 3, at the Fireside Inn, West Lebanon, New Hampshire

Presented by PRO-DAIRY and Northeast Ag and Feed Alliance, the conference provides an opportunity for dairy producers, veterinarians, feed industry representatives and agriservice personnel to increase their knowledge of current herd health and nutrition management techniques while interacting with other professionals. The format will be a combination of PRO-DAIRY’s Fall Dairy Conference and Northeast Ag and Feed Alliance’s Ruminant Nutrition Conference.

For more information contact: Heather Howland, Conference Coordinator, phone: (607) 255-4478; or e-mail: Visit:

Dairy Alliance to host Pennsylvania calf health workshops

Dairy producers and their employees have the opportunity to improve their calf raising skills at the upcoming Calf Health and Management Workshops, presented by Penn State Dairy Alliance. Each workshop will focus on calf care for animals from birth through 6 months of age. Colostrum management, calf health, vaccines for calves and younger heifers, calf and weaned calf housing, and calf and weaned calf nutrition are among the topics to be explored. Animal well-being issues will also be discussed.

Instructors will include Penn State’s Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy and animal science; Dr. Ernest Hovingh, DVM; Dr. David Wolfgang, VMD; John Tyson, Extension engineer; and Dan McFarland, Extension engineer.

Each one-day workshop will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on these dates at the following sites:

• Feb. 17, Mercer County Extension Office, Mercer, PA.

• Feb. 22, Westmoreland County Extension Office, Greensburg, PA.

• Feb. 24, The Lighthouse Restaurant, Chambersburg, PA.

• March 1, Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl, PA.

• March 3, Edgewood Restaurant, Troy, PA.

Advance registration is required. Cost for Pennsylvania dairy producers and their employees is $10/person; $20 for consultants and non-Pennsylvania dairy producers and dairy employees. To register online with your credit card: To register by phone or for more information, call toll-free: 888-373-7232.  This workshop qualifies for 2 SmartStart credits through AgChoice Farm Credit.

New England Dairy Conferences set

New England Dairy Conferences are scheduled at four locations in March. The program is sponsored by Cooperative Extension the Dairy Practices Committee in New England. This year’s program will feature Dr. Robert Graves, Pennsylvania State University, an ag engineer specializing in manure handling. Each location will also have its own local program and trade show.

Dates and locations include:

• March 14: UCONN, Storrs, Connecticut – Bishop Center for Continuing Education

• March 15: Waterville, Maine – The Elks Club

• March 16: Whitefield, New Hampshire – Mountain View Grand Resort

• March 17: West Lebanon, New Hampshire – Fireside Inn & Suites

For more information, contact Extension specialist Michal Lunak, phone: 603-787-6944.

NEDPA/PRO-DAIRY manure handling webinar is Feb. 9

The Northeast Dairy Producers Association and Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY program will host a manure handling webinar, Feb. 9, beginning at 1 p.m.

Topics will include:

• Tips for evaluating your manure handling and transfer systems to

reduce risk of spills

• Preparing for and handling spills if/when they do occur

• A DEC Perspective: Handling spills

Presenters include Scott Potter, Dairy Support Services Co.; Karl Czymmek, PRO-DAIRY; and Scott Cook and Matt Kazmierski, NYDEC

To register contact Caroline Potter, e-mail: or phone: 315-683-9268.

Vermont Dairy Producers Conference planned

The 13th Annual Vermont Dairy Producers Conference will be held Feb. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the Sheraton Hotel Conference Center, Burlington, Vt.

The morning session includes a discussion panel on dairy pricing and policy. The afternoon session will focus on animal welfare issues and how dairies can take proactive measures on the farm.

For conference agenda and registration information, visit

For further information, e-mail:

Pike Dairy to host Agri-Palooza

A New York dairy farm is opening its doors to the public, June 12, as part of the first-ever Agri-Palooza, an educational tour of the Van Slyke family dairy farm on Lamont Road in Pike, Wyoming County, N.Y.

The farm’s many environmental, animal welfare and technology initiatives will all be on display during the tour. The Van Slykes’ 1, 200-cow dairy became the 11th farm in the state to complete certification for the New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program, a series of stringent criteria for animal welfare

The farm installed a manure separation system, cutting manure volume and producing an organic, stable product they sell as Bessie’s Compost. Agri-Palooza also will also include a farmers’ market, concessions, free dairy foods sampling, pedal tractor races, an ice cream eating contest and music.

73rd Annual Cornell Nutrition Conference planned in October

The annual Cornell Nutrition Conference will be held Oct. 18-20, at the Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, East Syracuse, N.Y. The program is designed to provide industry leading research and information to feed industry professionals and nutritional consultants.

Online registration and payment will be available after Aug. 10. For more information contact: Heather Howland, Conference Coordinator, phone: 607-255-4478; e-mail: or visit: