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Dairy Manager Training

The Dairy Manager Training is an educational program for farmers, employees and agriservice professionals who work directly with dairy cows. It will cover effective cow handling; communication to share farms goals, implement decisions and train employees; how to manage existing facilities for profitability; and using partial budgets for decision making.


The Dairy Manager Training is a two-day program held one week apart from each other.  The program will run from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm.  It will be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk-throughs and discussion. Registration is required. 

Registration fee:  $50.00 includes two-day program, materials and lunch.

Who should attend:  farmers, employees and agri-service professionals who work directly with dairy cows. 

Featured Trainer-Curt Pate

The Dairy Manager’s training will include a full day cow handling training by Curt Pate, nationally recognized expert in dairy cattle handling and stockmanship. For more than a decade, Curt Pate has been conducting demonstrations and clinics on cattle stockmanship and safety. His personal experience incorporating effective stockmanship principles supports a “for profit” mindset and focuses on highlighting the increased economic benefits of handling cows correctly. In addition, Curt recognizes the growing public scrutiny surrounding livestock production and the impact that improved livestock handling practices create for the sustainability of the dairy industry. The program will comply with the FARM and BQA programs.

Evening Beef Cattle Handling Training with Curt Pate

A special training for beef producers will be held from 6 to 9 pm on March 5 at Center Dale Farm 28206 St. Rt. 126 Black River, NY and on March 6 at Empire Livestock, 7418 NY-415, Bath, NY 14810.

The program will comply with the FARM and BQA programs. Registration fee is $25.00. Registration is required. Contact Katherine Brosnan, NY Beef Council at 845-325-4721


Kim Morrill, PhD, Dairy Specialist, NNY Ag Team, CCE

Libby Eiholzer, Dairy Specialist, NWNY Ag Team, CCE

Kelsey O’Shea, Farm Business Management Specialist, NNY Ag Team, CCE

Margaret Quaassdorff, Dairy Specialist, NWNY Ag Team CCE

Steve Chuhta, Senior Business Manager, Zoetis

Heather Dann, PhD, Research Scientist, Miner Institute

Erica Leubner, Farmer and Farm Family Consultant, Farm Net, Cornell University

These programs are only possible at this reduced registration cost because of the generous sponsorship of the National Beef Cattlemen’s Association, NY Beef Council, Beef Quality Assurance and the Beef Checkoff program. 

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Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the site registrar 10 days prior to the event.