In this issue:
The Manager April 2017
|PRO-DAIRY's The Manager April 2017issue in DAIRYBUSINESS & HOLSTEINWORLD magazine features "Ehanced Management" and highlights speakers and topics from the statewide 2017 Winter Dairy Management meetings, with a focus on lameness, and the March 2017 Cow Comfort Conference held in Syracuse, NY. Articles include:
PRO-DAIRY shares research through education to enhance management
This Manager issue from PRO-DAIRY focused on management.
By Julie Berry
Managing the environment to maximize cow comfort
Environmental enrichment… Not just for zoos.
By Heather Dann
Lameness recording for enhanced management
Routine locomotion scoring, and meaningful hoof lesion findings, allow managers to monitor lameness issues.
By Rob Lynch
The impact of bedding on cow comfort and lameness
Deep-beds improve comfort and reduce lameness, but all stalls must have clean, dry and ample bedding.
By Lindsay Ferlito
Nutrition management and lameness in dairy cattle – Many pieces to the puzzle
The relationship between nutrition and lameness is related to the type and consistency of rumen fermentation.
By Larry Chase
Key considerations in fan cooling
Effective natural or mechanical ventilation systems are also needed to provide suitable air quality for cows.
By Curt Gooch and Dan McFarland
National FARM Program and Version 3.0 changes
The National Dairy FARM Version 3.0 changes went into effect on January 1, 2017 and includes two phases.
By Kimberley Morrill
Farm uses grants to construct manure storage
Careful planning and implementation of conservation practices positions farm for the future.
By Julie Berry
NYS issues 4th generation CAFO permit
Managers should evaluate how to be best positioned to meet the possibility of a faster rate of change ahead.
By Karl Czymmek
How to use corn silage hybrid trial results
Just looking at the top performing hybrids from a single year, while interesting, has limited value.
By Joe Lawrence, Tom Overton, Allison Lawton, and Margaret Smith
How does managing phosphorus with reduced manure rates affect soil nitrate and organic matter?
Soil Organic Matter only increased in the trial plots with high rates of composted manure.
By Amir Sadeghpour, Sarah Hetrick, Karl Czymmek, Gregory Godwin, and Quirine Ketterings
April Dairy Webinar in Spanish
PRO-DAIRY now offers dairy management webinars in Spanish from 12:30 to 1:00 pm the last Wednesday of each month through April. Registration is not required. Access the Spanish Webinars link on PRO-DAIRY's website to join.
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2016 Dairy Profit Monitor Trends
A 2016 Dairy Profit Monitor report has been released. Included are 120 farms that used the Dairy Profit Monitor, with 76 farms that entered at least eight months of data. Trend graphs were prepared for 12 months of primary measures.
Preliminary Progress Report #3
|Less than 585 Cows||585 to 1,065 Cows||Greater than 1,065 Cows|
|Average Herd Size||314||820||1,578|
|Milk per Cow||24,939||26,244||26,927|
|Milk Sold per Worker Equivalent||1,047,174||1,165,034||1,315,745|
|Cost per Worker Equivalent||$39,293||$39,289||$40,358|
|Feed & Crop Input Expenses per Cwt||$7.00||$7.40||$7.23|
|Operating Costs to Produce Milk||$14.41||$15.12||$14.15|
|Total Costs to Produce Milk||$19.68||$18.99||$17.88|
|% Return on All Capital, w/o Appreciation||-0.1%||0.4%||2.3%|
Contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office to inquire about resources available to analyze your business performance.
Forage Management Resources Available Online
With spring upon us, a number of forage management resource articles on the PRO-DAIRY website provide helpful information for the cropping season.
Also recently released by Joe Lawrence, PRO-DAIRY Forage Systems Specialist, is an article on What Crop Traits are Genetically Engineered (or GMO)?
Cornell Dairy Center of Excellence Annual Symposium: Dairy Nutrition for Every Age and Stage
|May 16, 2017 | Stocking Hall, Cornell University
Join the Cornell Dairy Center of Excellence for a conversation with researchers, practitioners, farmers and athletes as milk production, products and dairy nutrition are explored for all ages.
The symposium will include special guest Miranda Carfrae, Ironman Triathlon World Champion & Built with Chocolate Milk Athlete.
Visit the Dairy Nutrition event website for more information.