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Summer Dairy Research Updates

Reducing Replacement Heifers Rearing Cost through Improved Reproductive Management

Replacement cows generated by the heifer rearing enterprise are critical to the future of dairy farms. Nevertheless, raising heifers represents a major cost burden accounting for as much as 15 to 20% of the total cost of production. Thus, minimizing the duration of the non-lactating period by reducing days to pregnancy can help reduce farm operating costs. We will present new research data evaluating different reproductive management programs for dairy heifers in commercial dairy farms. The impact of these strategies on the reproductive performance and economics of heifers during their nonlactating period and their first lactation will be discussed. 

Fresh Cow Calcium Supplementation

To Treat or Not to Treat. A recent large trial conducted on farms in New York State has provided insight into which cows truly benefit from oral calcium supplementation.  We will review the trial results to help you make practical decisions regarding post-calving calcium supplementation in your herds. Supported by: 

Registration is free, but you need to register so we have refreshments and dessert for everyone.  

 RSVP with:   _Name  _Farm/Clinic/Business  _# Attending 

The following locations and dates are available:

Date  Location Registration Information (RSVP to these people)

August 23
7-9 PM
(optional farm tour at 6PM)
(printable flyer)

Stony Brook Farm
368 Youngs Corners Rd.
Amsterdam, NY

Dave Balbian
518. 312.3592

August 24
7-9 PM

(printable flyer)

Cornell Vet Teaching Dairy
Tulip Tree Drive
Ithaca, NY

Betsy Hicks

August 29
7-9 PM

(printable flyer)

Murcrest Heifer Barn
31721 State Rt 12
Copenhagen, NY
(Lynn and Peggy’s residence)

Tatum Langworthy

August 30
7-9 PM

(printable flyer)

Miner Institute
1034 Miner Farm Rd.
Chazy, NY

Tatum Langworthy

September 6
7-9 PM

(printable flyer)

Genesee Co CCE Office
420 E Main St.
Batavia, NY

Robert Lynch, DVM

September 7
7-9 PM

(printable flyer)

Farm Credit Office
394 State Rt 29
Greenwich, NY

Robert Lynch, DVM

Presenters will vary at individual sites, and will include:


Julio O. Giordano, DVM, MS PhD
Cornell University
St. John Family Sesquicentennial
Assistant Professor – Dairy Cattle Biology & Management
Department of Animal Science


Magdalena Masello Souza, DVM
Cornell University
PhD Student—Dairy Cattle Biology & Management Lab


Mark Thomas, DVM, DABVP-Dairy
Dairy Health & Management Services, LLC


Robert A. Lynch, DVM
Cornell University PRO-DAIRY Program
Herd Health & Management Specialist


Matt Curler, DVM
Dairy Health & Management Services, LLC


Bob Ceglowski, DVM
Dairy Health & Management Services, LLC