The PRO-DAIRY Production Management Program, through educational programming and practically applied research, assists New York State Dairy Producers in improving their production systems to strengthen and enhance the long term viability of their businesses. There are accepted principles of dairy production management, often translated to “best management practices”. These practices change as new research results challenge the status quo or as producers push the envelope seeking continual improvement on their dairies. The appropriate application of new technology, as well as tried and true practices is integral to optimizing farm performance. PRO-DAIRY is committed to training and continuing education for farmers and farm employees. This program seeks to assist farms in connecting their production practices to strengthen the foundation of their business.
Winter Dairy Management Program
Winter Dairy Management brings technical, financial and operational know-how to a topic of importance to dairy farms.
Managing for Success
Improving management skills and practices on New York State dairy farms. Features include: challenges of managing a family business, importance of a business vision, setting long- and short-term goals, principles of continuous improvement, 3 C's of positive human interactions - change, conflict and communication; strategy-driven priority setting and managing time; and leadership - how much, how often, and when.
Horizontal Silo Density Study
A combination of tractor weight, spreading layer thickness, wet forage tonnage rates coming at operators and operator skill and diligence lead to reasonably predictable dry matter densities in bunker silos and drive over piles. Also reasonably predictable are the diminishing dry matter losses incurred with increasing dry matter densities. The relatively high cost of constructing bunker silos or drive over pile pads has driven the capital cost of silo “space” to attention-grabbing levels. Farms needing to stretch out the life of existing horizontal silos have some interesting options manipulating the variables in the harvest/silo filling dynamic.