The Herd Manager Training is an educational program for dairy farmers, dairy farm employees and agri-service people who work directly with dairy cows. The program is designed to increase participant’s knowledge of best management practices for dairy cattle management. Specifically the training will cover transition cow health monitoring, facilities and environmental impacts of transition cow management, antibiotic stewardship, ethical cull cow handling and decision making, body condition scoring as a monitoring tool and components of an effective local vet relationship.
The Herd Manager Training is a 2 day program held one week apart from each other. The program will be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk-throughs and discussion.
Registration fee: $75.00 includes program, materials and lunch.
Who should attend: Those who work directly with cows or train people that do.
This program is eligible for FSA Borrower Credits.
Rob Lynch, DVM, Cornell ProDairy Dairy Herd Health & Management Specialist
Dr. Lynch has been a practicing veterinarian for over 20 years. He worked first in private practice serving dairy farmers in the Northeast. He later was a technical consultant with Zoetis for 8 years. He joined the ProDairy staff in 2016.
Jerry Bertoldo, DVM, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Dairy Management Specialist.
Dr. Bertoldo is a practicing veterinarians for over 30 years. He has served NY and NE dairy farmers in several capacities in private practice, industry and the last 10 years as a Cornell Specialist
Lindsay Ferlito, MS, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Dairy Management Specialist
Lindsay received her BS in Animal Biology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She then worked as an intern at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and as a research assistant at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre in Agassiz, BC. Lindsay completed her MS in Animal Science from the University of British Columbia Animal Welfare Program. Her research focused on dairy cattle welfare and feeding behavior.
Kimberely Morrill, PhD, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Dairy Management Specialist
Dr. Kimberley Morrill is the regional dairy specialist for Northern New York. She focuses on calf and heifer management, record management, on-farm outreach programs and helping dairies improve their capacity to manage risks associated with climate change. Dr. Morrill earned her B.A. in dairy management and M.S. in animal nutrition, both from the University of New Hampshire. She earned her Ph.D. in animal physiology from Iowa State University.
Betsy Hicks, MS, SCNY Dairy & Field Crops Team, Dairy Specialist Cornell Cooperative Extension
Betsy Hicks is a native of western New York and was raised on her family's livestock and apple farm. While obtaining her BS in Animal Science at SUNY Cobleskill, she worked on several commercial dairies as herds-person, gaining firsthand experience of the challenges that producers face. She completed her Master’s Degree in Nutrition at the University of Illinois. For the last five years, she has provided nutritional consulting to a variety of dairy farms in Cortland, Madison and Chenango counties.
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.