at Empire Farm Days
Aug. 7, 8 & 9 at Seneca Falls NY, the Ralph Lott & Sons Farm
The EFD DairyProfit Seminars are a regular stop for dairy producers, dairy farm staff, and agribusiness professionals. The 2012 DairyProfit Seminars feature the use of technologies in herd and crop management, positioning the farm for the future and group-housed dairy calf systems. The seminars are sponsored by Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY and Eastern DairyBusiness magazine.
Each session starts at 10:30am at the DairyProfit Seminar Center (Lot 426). The seminars are free and open to the public and will be followed at noon by industry updates from the ADADC and a picnic lunch.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7TH
Use of Technologies in Herd and Crop Management
Cornell PRO-DAIRY Director Tom Overton, a Cornell University Associate Professor of Animal Science and, and Karl Czymmek, PRO-DAIRY Senior Extension Associate and Field Crops/Nutrient Management Specialist moderate this panel exploring the use of various technologies used in dairy herd and crop management. Hear panelists talk about the use of RFID and handhelds in cow management within herds, use of activity monitoring in reproductive programs, rumination monitors in cow health and feeding; and, for cropping, Real-Time Kinetics and autosteer, precision seed planting, use of GPS on manure tankers and drag hose systems to track application rates, and no spread zones.
Panel members include:
John Gloss, Senior Support Specialist with Dairy One Cooperative Inc., in Ithaca, NY. Mr. Gloss leads the Farm Services division of the AgriculturalManagement Resources Group at Dairy One. John has spent most of his career at Dairy One identifying technology to help people who manage dairies, and implementing it at the farm level. His work has included bringing herd management software, computers, and networks to hundreds of farms across the Northeast.
Dr. Lindsey Peck of Marks Farms in Lowville, NY. Dr. Peck received her BS from Delaware Valley College 2004 and her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine 2008. She is the owner of Roaring Brook Veterinary Service and a partner at Marks Farm. Her primary responsibilities are herd health, maternity facilities and labor, young stock facilities and labor. She has a strong interest in animal welfare. Marks Farm is FARM and NYSCHAP certified.
Peter Dueppengiesser, is a partner at Dueppengiesser Dairy Company, in Perry, NY with his brother. Pete’s father Arnold Dueppengiesser, who emigrated from Germany at age 15, began farming in Erie County with his uncle. Arnold moved the 120 cow farm to Perry in 1969 because of urban pressure. His sons Pete and Mike assumed ownership in 1990 and operate the farm with the help of their brothers Jim and John. Pete is a former NEDPA board member and past president. He has worked with the NYFB and NYFVI Dairy Committees. He enjoys working with youth and serves as an advisor for the junior members of the Wyoming Holstein Club. Pete identifies the areas of environmental management, animal well-being and immigrant labor as key issues for the dairy industry.
David Russell of Dansville, NY. David grew up on a small family farm in Delaware County. He graduated with an animal science degree from Cornell University. Since graduation he has worked on a large western NY dairy for nearly 20 years, and is the manager of cropping operations. He is a member of Linwood Management Group and a Senior Consultant with the precision ag company Agrinetix.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8TH
Positioning the Farm for the Future
Empire State Development Director of Agribusiness Development Pat Hooker will describe the present opportunities for a strong dairy industry in New York as well as some of the challenges. He’ll address multiplying the economic benefit of expanding NY’s processing capacity to local milk producers, moderate a panel of dairy operators who have used different strategies to strengthen their farms’ sustainability. A panel of diverse dairy farm operations will discuss how they are positioning their farm to prosper in the future. This excellent group of panelists includes a tiestall dairy that underwent a profitable barn renovation, a farmer who did a carefully planned stepwise expansion and a farmer who stepped out from an older barn and built a new facility.
Frank and Mark Albano, Stamford NY. The Stamfords renovated a tie stall barn successfully over a 2-year period. As a result they increased milk production by 28% to 90lbs/cow/day. The increased profitability allowed them to build a new dry cow facility this spring.
Lynn Murray and Murcrest Dairy expanded the dairy from 350 cows to 690 cows by building a completely new facility. They will expand this summer to 950 cows. Lynn will discuss why they took on this expansion and how it has been good for the business.
Paul Fouts and Fouts Farm underwent a carefully planned-out stepwise expansion that doubled the herd size from 200 cows to 350 cows over the course of 6 years. The planning process allowed each phase to build a foundation for the next. Paul will share his experiences and thoughts on facilitating a gradual expansion for the future of the farm.
Patrick Hooker is the Director of Agribusiness Development for the Empire State Development Corporation. As a member of the Strategic Business Division Pat works to retain and grow the agriculture, food, forestry and biofuels industries in support of Governor Cuomo’s economic development objectives.
He has been involved with agricultural policy his entire career serving as the Commissioner of Agriculture, Director of Public Policy for the New York Farm Bureau, the Rural Affairs Advisor for the State Assembly Minority Leader, and as the Director of the New York State Senate Agriculture Committee.
Pat grew up in rural Madison County, working on a neighbor’s dairy farm. In school, he was active in the Junior Holstein Club. He served as State FFA President and received his FFA American Farmer degree. Pat received his Associate's degree from Morrisville State College and his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from Cornell University.
Pat and his wife Karen have two children, Erika and Mitchell. Together, they own a 350-acre farm in southern Herkimer County, where they grow hay, keep horses and produce maple syrup.
THURSDAY AUGUST 9TH
Dairy calves on milk have a tremendous capacity for balanced tissue rate of growth. A farm’s twice-daily feeding, however, does not mimic the intake and feed efficiency seen in nature when calves (think beef) spread meals across 6 to 8, or more, feedings per day. Autofeeders (robots) and preserved milk self-feeders solved the riddle of multiple feedings without labor costs going through the roof. Management still has to provide the nearly perfect environment for these calves to thrive. Temperature-dependent air exchange (ventilation) rates, without drafts, are a daily consideration for managers. How you control varies with barn design features. Managers from three farms and a consultant who has influenced many of the 50+ known systems in New York State will discuss their feeding systems and how they monitor and manage calf health. Done well, there is a +1700 lbs. milk dividend in first lactation and greater within- herd “stayability”. John Conway, PRO-DAIRY, is moderator. We expect a lot of great questions!
Corwin Holtz, Holtz Nelson Dairy Consultants, LLC, Dryden, NY
As a consultant, Corwin Holtz tries to steer management towards margin-creating practices. Even though the payoff from a heifer calf that has more than doubled her birth weight in 56 days comes some time down the road, he knows it’s too valuable to pass up. Ad-libitum feeding baby calves is a high probability way of achieving that and mastering group housing is essential to making advantageous economic tradeoffs. There is no cookie cutter system that can be plugged into every situation. Corwin has influenced many of his clients to experiment and measure their way to a functional system that fits their management and physical resources.
Eric Ziehm, Tiashoke Farms, Buskirk, NY
For nearly three years, all newborn calves at Tiashoke have been started on ad-lib liquid feed and in groups of around 25 calves. What’s remarkable is the where and how. Two breeds (Holstein and Jersey), four feeder arrangements (autofeeder – milk replacer, autofeeder – preserved waste milk, preserved waste milk barrel feeder/milk bar, preserved milk replacer barrel feeder/milk bar) and 6 pen arrangements in 3 barns. Arguably, no one has as much experience with this many variables. It’s working very well, and superior internal herd growth helps this 700+ cow dairy grow as conditions allow.
Jason and Ken Gerber, Dwi-Bet Farms, Addison, NY
Jason and his dad Ken have kept their evolving baby calf feeding system simple and inexpensive. Calf growth is excellent year ‘round. Areas in three older buildings have been thoughtfully adapted to house groups fed preserved waste milk or milk replacer. Rugged, insulated “warm boxes” with heaters, custom built by a local Amish carpenter, provide nipples on the calf pen side and convenient handling of “repurposed” plastic barrel setup on the supply side. At any point in time one group will be “near weaning”, another “mid-way to weaning” and the other “recently started.” When starting a sanitized and well-bedded pen, 2 to 3 “experienced” calves will move to the new pen to serve as “tutors” to the new arrivals. This basic ad-lib, group-housed system really works. Smaller farms will see that this type of system can be inexpensively but effectively adapted to a “group” as small as 2 calves.
Jody Neal, Poverty Hill, Albion, NY
Jody grew up on the family dairy farm near Albion, NY. He was a dairy science major at Cornell, a Dairy Fellow and returned home after graduation in 1996. He is a partner with his dad and brother on the 550- cow “Poverty Hill” operation. In August, 2011 a new baby calf barn and milk room replaced a hutch system for wet calves. The structure is well engineered for functionality, ease of maintenance and labor efficiency. Ten pens group house 8-10 calves each with a generous 35-40 sq. ft. per calf. Preserved saleable milk and milk replacer (50:50) is delivered to calves via a continuously circulating, low-line system. Health is excellent despite the lack of any mechanical ventilation mostly attributable to low density, ridged attention to bedding condition and superior care right from birth. Rates of gain range from 1.8 to 2.1 lbs/day.
John Conway has been a member of the PRO-DAIRY team at Cornell since its inception in 1988, with a focus on herd management. Since feeding calves "nature's way" has made so much sense for so long, the technologies that allow it (autofeeders and preserved ad-lib) are an industry asset. It is easily worth looking at and taking on related challenges.
DAILY AT NOON
Are you frustrated by animal activist groups making headlines with undercover videos that portray standard on-farm operations as cruel and inhumane acts? Would you know what to do if your farm was the subject of an independent investigation by PETA, HSUS or MFA?
Each day following the DairyProfit Seminars (Lot 426), Dairylea Cooperative, Inc. Vice President of Legislative Affairs Karen Cartier or ADADC Corporate Communications Specialist Melissa Osgood will present a 15-minute abbreviated version of a series of meetings in New York and New England offering hiring tips, a checklist of what to do if an activist group targets your farm for investigation, and other information to help farmers protect themselves from activist groups.
This program is presented as a partnership of American Dairy Association and Dairy Council Inc, New England Dairy Promotion Board, Maine Dairy Promotion Board, Agri-Mark, Dairylea Cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America, St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc, Upstate Niagara Cooperative and National Milk Producers Federation.
For over 60 years, three generations of the ALBERS family have designed and manufactured dairy equipment of the highest quality. The firm provides innovative ideas that make the dairyman’s business more manageable and efficient. Most notable is the origination of the self-locking stanchion. Originally serving the West, the company has opened branchstocking offi ces in Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin, Iowa and New York. Albers also ships internationally on a regular basis. For your next building or remodeling project, contact Albers for a complete line of dairy and barn equipment, made in USA and offered at competitive prices.
DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA, INC. (DFA) is a national dairy marketing cooperative that serves and is owned by nearly 16,000 members on more than 9,000 farms in 48 states. Global Dairy Products Group, a division of DFA, is one of the country’s most diversifi ed manufacturers of dairy products, food components and ingredients, and is a leader in formulating and packaging shelf-stable dairy products. For more information, call 1-888-DFA-MILK (332-6455) or visit www.dfamilk.com.
DAIRYLEA COOPERATIVE INC. is a farmer-owned agricultural marketing and service organization with more than 2,000 member farms. Dairylea is one of the largest milk-marketing organizations based in the region, selling more than 6 billion pounds of raw milk annually through an extensive milk-marketing network. At Dairylea, we work to maximize net returns for members by preserving and enhancing milk markets and milk-marketing relationships, and by providing services and programs that create real value for members. Visit www.dairylea.com for more information or call 1-800-654-8838.
THE FARM FAMILY GROUP of insurance companies, headquartered in Glenmont, NY, is part of the American National Family of Companies. Farm Family has been providing insurance protection for families and businesses in rural and suburban areas of 13 northeastern states since the 1950s. Over the years, Farm Family has earned a solid reputation, with an established tradition of trust. We continue to honor that commitment with pride. Farm Family agents take a personal interest, protecting what you value most. Many of our agents come from agriculture backgrounds themselves, and some of them even began their relationship with Farm Family as clients. We’re big enough to meet a wide range of coverage needs, yet small enough to listen to your concerns and provide the personal attention you deserve.
While the BEEF BOARD oversees collection of $1-per-head on all cattle sold in the U.S. and $1-per-head equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef products, the NEW YORK BEEF INDUSTRY COUNCIL collects the money in your state and may retain up to 50 cents for approved programs conducted locally or in support of nationally-funded programs. There are 13,600 cattle and calf operations in the Empire State. New York has over 138,000 beef head, replacement heifers and steers within its borders. Thousands more beef cows can be found on dairy farms across our state. For more information visit MyBeefCheckoff.com or NYbeef.org.
THE NORTHEAST DAIRY PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION INC., formed in 1993, is a group of forward-looking dairy producers committed to an effi cient, profi table, environmentally responsible and consumer conscious dairy industry in the Northeast. NEDPA encourages the free exchange of ideas among dairy producers through meetings, tours and publications. It provides leadership and fi nancial support for solving industry issues. It encourages young people to establish careers in the dairy industry. And it brings a unifi ed voice to take assertive stands on sensitive issues as we work with government to formulate policy and ensure the best business climate in the region. All dairy producers and industry professionals
are invited to join.
With its mission to increase the profi tability and competitiveness of New York’s dairy businesses through industryapplied research and education programs,PRO-DAIRY has been for more than 20 years a joint venture of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the New York State Dept. of Ag& Markets. Key program areas are farm business management; field crops, nutrient and environmental management; cattle housing, health and productivity; dairy youth; and Extension and agribusiness education. To accomplish its mission, PRODAIRY partners with an extensive group of institutions, associations, businesses and individuals working for the betterment of the NY dairy industry.