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Precision Management: Merging People, Cows, Crops and Technology

General Sessions

The Team You Get is the Team You Build: Create and Maintain a Culture of Engagement, Productivity, and Accountability
Mr. Tom Wall, Dairy Coach
Tuesday, January 24 - 9:45 AM
At the heart your dairy are the people you count on to care for your cattle and operate your farm.  Is your management team developing a healthy culture and building a solid team to help run your dairy?  Learn what you can do to help your team work together to be more actively engaged, productive, and accountable.  Effective management and leadership is more than just theory… You’ll take home simple systems that work, and will have tools that can be put into practice on Day 1.

Changing Labor Environment - Implications for Day to Day Management
Mr. Rick Zimmerman, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance
Mr. Jon Greenwood, Greenwood Dairy
Ms. Kendra Lamb, Lamb Farms
Mr. Brian Reeves, Reeves Farms
Tuesday, January 24 – 4:25 PM
As the regulatory climate continues to change, better knowledge of requirements for managing labor and improved documentation of labor practices has become a must on farms across New York State.  The producer/grower panel will give a brief overview of their interaction with regulatory agencies, highlight areas of opportunity from their viewpoint as farm owners,  and share key management changes that they have implemented to improve their day-to-day management of employees. 

Becoming and Being an Employer of Choice
Ms. Martha Facer, Wegmans Food Markets
Wednesday, January 25 - 8:15 AM
Wegmans has been consistently consider one of the top 10 companies to work for in the country.  How do they accomplish this?  What is occurring every work day that creates a place the employees want to work? These and other topics will be addressed to provide insight on how you can create a similar atmosphere.

Precision Dairy Monitoring Opportunities and Challenges
Dr. Jeff Bewley, University of Kentucky
Wednesday, January 25 - 11:10 AM
In this session, an overview of currently available and future precision dairy monitoring technologies will be provided.  Considerations for investment and application of technologies will also be discussed.

Dairy Management Breakout Sessions

Use of Automated Monitoring Technologies to Identify Cows with Health Disorders
Dr. Julio Giordano, Cornell University
Tuesday, January 24 - 11:15 AM and 1:00 PM
In this session we will discuss some of the latest research conducted to evaluate the performance of automated health monitoring systems to detect and monitor cows with health disorders. Basic concepts of on-farm implementation of these technologies will also be discussed.

10 Tips to Maximizing Your Feeding Program
Mr. David Greene, Diamond V
Tuesday, January 24 - 11:15 AM and 1:00 PM
Your feeding operation is one of the most critical activities that can affect whole herd performance. What are the things that can be done everyday to assure the feeding process can allow the the herd to reach it’s potential?

Application and Management of Dairy Cattle Heat Stress Relief Systems
Mr. Curt Gooch, Cornell University, PRO-DAIRY Program
Wednesday, January 25 - 9:00 AM and 10:15 AM
Dairy cattle are comfortable when humans are chilly or cold and are stressed when conditions are beginning to be pleasant for us.  We'll use slides showing practical ways to mitigate dairy cow heat stress to facilitate discussions on topics such as system selection, cost, management, and limitations, and we'll also talk about how a changing climate will increase the need for heat stress mitigation.

On Farm Data Management
Mr. Pete Maslyn, Hemdale Farms
Wednesday, January 25 - 9:00 AM and 10:15 AM
New technology provides a lot of information about individual cows on a daily and hourly basis.  This session will discuss how the information has been used in day-to-day management on the farm, what has worked well, what questions are still being asked, and future opportunities.

Using Scales to Monitor Calf Programs
Ms. Judy Moody, Dairy One Cooperative
Wednesday, January 25 - 10:15 AM
Judy Moody is actively working with dairy farm managers to implement and effectively use scales to measure and monitor calves. Scales can provide a wealth of information about calf grow and health, effects of  management and environmental changes and  inform culling decisions. She’ll discuss the practical aspects of using scales including set up , cost, data transfer and management considerations for implementation.  More importantly she’ll share how to analyze and use the data collected to maximize the effectiveness of calf management.

Labor Management Breakout Sessions

Updating Our Animal Care Training and Documentation for a Changing Industry
Ms. Lisa Ford, Cayuga Marketing
Tuesday, January 24 - 1:55 PM and 2:50 PM
As the dairy industry is pushed to provide and document training around animal care, we are challenged to keep up with a growing number of required programs. We will review regulatory requirements, animal well-being programs and training resources related to animal care. In this workshop, Lisa Ford will share ideas and tools from both the consultant and farm perspective to ensure positive and continuous improvement for animal care.   

Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Employees
Mr. Pete Gelber, Barrington Dairy LLC
Tuesday, January 24 - 1:55 PM and 2:50 PM
Having the right people goes a long way to improving business operations.  What are we doing now to identify, train, and keep the right people will be shared, along with what we have learned over the years as the business and the workforce has changed.

The Eye in the Sky: Why a Camera System at Your Farm is the Best Management Tool Available
Mr. Tom Wall, Dairy Coach
Tuesday, January 24 - 1:55 PM and 2:50 PM
Your farm never sleeps, but at some point you and your managers need to go home.  How do you know what’s really going on when you’re not around?  Used effectively, cameras throughout your farm can be the best tool your management team can count on.  Learn how to utilize a camera system at your farm to improve communication, train and teach, build trust, and improve overall performance

Running Effective Team Meetings
Mr. Russ Saville, Cargill Animal Nutrition
Tuesday, January 24 - 1:55 PM and 2:50 PM
One approach to maintaining and improving communications is to hold team meetings.  Information covered, approaches taken, frequency, length, and who is involved are some of the differences between team meetings on farms and can impact the effectiveness of the meeting.  What has worked, what hasn’t worked, different things to try, and how to successfully part of a team meeting will be touched on.

Crops Management Sessions

Benefits and Costs of Entry Level Precision Agriculture Technologies
Mr. Erick Haas, Cazenovia Equipment Company
Mr. John Hanchar, Cornell University, Northwest NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team

Tuesday, January 24 - 11:15 AM
Erick Haas, Cazenovia Equipment Company, will present an overview of auto steer and automatic section control technologies from a technical perspective.  John Hanchar, Cornell University, will review expected financial impacts associated with these entry level precision farming technologies using partial budgeting and capital investment analysis.

Yield Monitoring: The Basis for Precision Agriculture
Mr. Mike Contessa, Champlain Valley Agronomics
Tuesday, January 24 - 11:15 AM and 1:00 PM
Without accurate yield monitoring, there is very little that can be accomplished with precision cropping technology.  How can yields be measured and the ins and outs of different systems of scales and yield monitors will be address to set the foundation of information for precision agriculture.

Putting Your Data to Work
Mr. Ben Flansburg, BCA Ag Technologies
Tuesday, January 24 - 1:00 PM
Tougher climate and commodity prices are making it all the more relevant for producers to use any information they can get their hands on to help make critical decisions within their operations.  Data has been a key driver of the progress made in precision agriculture, whereby farmers and agribusinesses are using the resources at their disposal in the most efficient way possible to get maximum yields and bigger ROI's.  With ever changing markets and input costs, Ben and his team believe effectively managing data will be the key in the future of profitability. 

Optimizing Variable Rate Corn Planting in NYS
Ms. Savanna Crossman, New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association
Wednesday, January 25 - 9:00 AM
Multiple years of data collection and research have led to the creation and testing of a variable rate seeding model customized to the conditions of New York State.  The model examines how yield is affected by several data types including; seeding rate, hybrid, topographical information, NRCS soil survey maps, and precision soil sampling data.   Once released, the model can be used by growers to customize variable rate seeding prescriptions based on field specific properties.

Getting Good Data from On-Farm Crop Trials
Mr. Joe Lawrence, Cornell University, PRO-DAIRY Program
Mr. Dan Shirley, North Harbor Dairy and Robbins Family Grain
Mr. Mike Hunter, Cornell Cooperative Extension - Northern NY Regional Ag Program

Wednesday, January 25 - 9:00 AM
This session will address the opportunities to generate valuable data from your own fields.  It will cover the importance of properly setting up trials and provide tips for successful trial setup and implementation.  Additionally it will address the opportunities that technology present in trial management.

The Soil Health Journey of Table Rock Farm
Mr. Willard DeGolyer, Table Rock Farm
Mr. Richard Sanford, Table Rock Farm
Mr. Jeffrey Jordan, Table Rock Farm

Wednesday, January 25 - 10:15 AM
Table Rock Farm began a transition to extensive cover crops and limited tillage more than 10 years ago.   Farm staff who have worked through the changes will be on hand to share their experiences and answer questions.