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Webinar Recordings

View archived webinars at the links below, organized in the following categories.

Dairy Cattle Reproductive Management    |    Dairy Cattle Nutrition    |    Milk Quality and Milking System Management    |    Dairy Replacement Management    |    Herd Health and Cow Comfort    |    Forage Management    |    Nutrient Management    |    Farm Business Management

Dairy Cattle Reproductive Management

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Strategies for Improving Dairy Cattle Reproductive Performance Strategies for improving dairy cattle reproductive performance and economics: The latest research on reproductive management programs for second and greater services for dairy cows will be covered. Programs that prioritize insemination of cows in heat or maximize fertility through timed AI will be discussed. Examples of strategies for on-farm implementation and performance implications will be provided.
Rumination and Activity Monitors Update Rumination and activity monitoring has implications for cow health management. Dr. Stangaferro describes his research on what these technologies can and cannot tell us about animal health performance.
Reproductive Management-Focus on 2nd and Subsequent Service Dr. Giordano presents an overview on the latest developments in applied reproductive research to maximize performance of lactating cows from the 2nd service and greater. 
Voluntary Wait Period Study Findings Review results of the Giordano Lab study on effects of voluntary wait period on milk production and profitability for 1st and later lactation animals.

Genetics on the Farm

Genetic technology and research has advanced tremendously over the past few decades with the dairy cattle industry leading the genetic revolution for livestock.  However, the abundance of information can be daunting to farmers who are the end users of genetic evaluations and health reports.  Dr. Huson provides an overview of the type of genetic data available and basic steps for understanding and applying genetic data in farm management.

Dairy Cattle Nutrition

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Creating the Perfect Dining Experience

Current research and topics in feedbunk management.

Update on Ration Phosphorus and Reproduction

Phosphorus (P) continues to be of interest in dairy cattle rations due to environmental and animal performance considerations. This webinar reviews recent work in the area of P nutrition and its impact on reproduction. In addition, results from a large, multi-state field trial using commercial dairy herds will be provided.

Heifer nutrition and economics - What the new edition of the CNCPS tells us. - Part One

This is a two-part webinar that explores what the 6th edition of CNCPS model tells about heifer nutrition and growth. The model includes updated feed amino acid profiles and characterizations in the library and an updated growth model for dairy replacements that includes the calf with the capacity to formulate starting at birth. Dr. VanAmburgh explains the impact of these changes and what it tells us about overall replacement economics.

Heifer nutrition and economics - What the new edition of the CNCPS tells us. - Part Two

This is the second part of a two-part webinar that explores what the 6th edition of CNCPS model tells about heifer nutrition and growth. The model includes updated feed amino acid profiles and characterizations in the library and an updated growth model for dairy replacements that includes the calf with the capacity to formulate starting at birth. Dr. VanAmburgh explains the impact of these changes and what it tells us about overall replacement economics.

Hot topics in transition cow nutrition

Transition cow nutritional strategies continue to evolve. Dr. Overton presents the latest in feeding strategies for dry cows and fresh cows, along with research on feeding management from a large transition cow field study that involved 72 farms in New York and Vermont.

Shredlage - What have we learned?

This webinar covers what shredlage is, research results and current harvesting recommendations.

New Dietary Approaches to Manage Hypocalcemia in Transition Cows

Nutritional management of hypocalcemia in transition cows continues to evolve. Dr. Overton will share the most current thinking on feeding and nutritional strategies for this important aspect of transition cow programs.

Managing Transition Cows During Heat Stress

Dr. Overton will talk about the effects of heat stress during the dry period on the cow, and also the long-term effects on the calf from new research, and discuss the importance of heat abatement and specific nutritional strategies that may improve transition cow success during heat stress.

Milk Quality and Milking System Management

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Bedding and Bulk Tanks – What to do with that Information?

Dr. Ospina discusses how to use information about bedding cultures to evaluate mastitis risk and how to use bulk tank information as an additional mastitis monitoring tool.

Keeping it Clean for the Tank! Reducing spore forming contaminants in the bulk tank

Bacterial endospore (spore) forming bacteria enter raw milk from the dairy farm environment, survive pasteurization and subsequently grow in and spoil a number of dairy foods. Recent research indicates that spores are abundant in the farm environment and are associated with various sources and farm management practices. Reducing spore forming contaminants in raw milk requires a systematic approach to control transmission from the farm environment to bulk tank raw milk.

Using Test Day Data to Manage Udder Health and Milk Quality How do dairy producers use their SCC or test day results each month? Are the records placed in a folder and filed or are milk quality and udder health management decisions made with the results? New, chronic and high fresh infections can be monitored with test day data. New infections from the dry period and dry period cures can also be monitored monthly. If a farm is paying for SCC analysis, then the data should be use used to make management decisions.
Clinical mastitis treatment decisions and using pathogen ID

Dr. Van Nydam discusses how and when to use pathogen ID in an effective mastitis treatment program.

Milk Quality: It’s Not Just About Cell Counts Anymore Quality standards for food are increasingly being established by retailers who take their que from consumers. Consumers are no longer concerned with regulatory standards. They want evidence of measures and consistency of quality that often greatly exceed regulatory levels. Consumer definitions of quality are also expanding to include cow care and environmental stewardship.
New Milk Analysis Technologies to Monitor Management and Improve Herd Performance Dr. Dann will highlight some of the collaborative work done by Cornell University, Miner Institute, St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, and Delta Instruments. New tools have been developed in milk analysis for bulk tank and individual cow milks that will provide information to support decision making for management of feeding, health, and reproduction in dairy cows.
Robotic Milking Systems-Effective use of reports to monitor milk quality and maintenance Robotic milking systems generate a tremendous amount of data that can be used for management decisions. It can be overwhelming.   Dr. Watters will discuss how to use reports to pinpoint the information that can impact milk quality and maintenance management decisions.

Dairy Replacement Management

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Dairy Beef Cross Calves “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" of the dairy x beef calf.  Will crossbred calf be an added revenue stream or just a passing fad?
Baby its Cold Outside! Winter Calf Care As the cold weather approaches it’s a good idea to think about and prepare for calf care during the winter months.  This webinar will review how to keep calves healthy and growing when the temperature drops.  We will discuss cold weather nutritional needs; how to keep calves fed and growing; health concerns when the temperature drops; and keeping them clean and dry at calving and beyond.

Herd Health and Cow Comfort

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Using automated sensors for improving dairy cattle health monitoring and management Using automated sensors for improving dairy cattle health monitoring and management: The latest concepts and research on the use and value of health monitoring and management using automated sensors (e.g., rumination, activity, milk weights monitors) will be covered. Pros and cons of different technologies and their potential implementation for health management will be discussed. We will also cover the economics of incorporating technologies into farm management.
Applied Dairy Immunology and Vaccination Protocol Management

Proper immune function is important to herd health. This webinar reviews strategies to minimize immune suppression during high risk periods. Use of vaccines to increase protection from specific disease challenges is common and Dr. Lynch will highlight ways to improve vaccine protocol implementation and oversight.

Farmers Assuring Responsible Management F.A.R.M Program FARM, or Farmers Assuring Responsible Management, is a program open to all dairy farmers, co-ops and processors across the U.S. that sets the highest standards when it comes to animal care.  Coops in NY are requiring farms that ship to them participate in FARM with the first deadline looming on Jan 1st for some. Dr. Kim Morrill is actively involved in the program and is a trained evaluator.  Kim will   provide an overview of the program.
Cow Comfort on NY Tiestall and Freestall Dairies Lindsay Ferlito will be sharing the results of two cow comfort studies done on NY dairy farms. One project looked at lameness, injuries, and lying time in tiestall dairies in NNY and Southern NY.  The other project looked at cow comfort, management, and record keeping on NNY freestall dairies.

Forage Management

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2018 Corn Silage Hybrid Test Results New York and Vermont Corn Silage Hybrid Tests: If you are looking to get a sense of what silage hybrids performed well this year before your seed order for 2019 join us for this webinar. Joe Lawrence will share the results of the 2018 hybrid trials. The corn silage hybrid evaluation program included 77 hybrids from 17 companies in 2018. With this number of hybrids evaluated at multiple locations across New York and Vermont the resulting information provides a useful decision making tool for farmers.
2017 Corn Silage Hybrid Trials: Results and Interpretation

In 2017, over 70 commercially available corn silage hybrids were entered into the annual Corn Silage Hybrid Test Program for evaluation. In a collaborative effort between Cornell University and the University of Vermont hybrids were planted at multiple locations across New York and one location in Vermont to evaluate performance across a range of growing conditions. Here we will discuss key factors for interpreting and utilizing trial results to make corn silage hybrid selections that best match an individual farm’s needs.

Make the Most of Advances in Forage Management Many exciting developments, from improved forage varieties, to precision equipment, to advances in the understanding of fiber digestibility, continue to enhance the value of forages in feeding programs. Here we will address harvest and storage strategies that are at times the missing link in capitalizing on these others advances.
Managing Forage Quality: A Challenging Growing Season It’s been a tough growing season.  Join us for this PRO-DAIRY webinar to hear practical advice on what can still be done in the field to make life better this coming winter.  Our presenters Ron Kuck and Joe Lawrence have extensive experience working with farmers to optimize forage production.  They will share practical information that can be used now to impact forage quality and the feeding program, including outlook and management of corn for silage; optimizing, timing and segregation forage testing of future cuttings; and allocation and inventory management, storage and feed out considerations. 

Nutrient Management

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Preparing for Manure Spills and other Emergencies on Your Dairy - Who Is Part of Your Response Team?

This webinar is designed to help farms and their consultants think about their emergency response team as related to manure spills and other emergencies on the farm.  Mark Burger shares the successful model they created in Onondaga County by outlining the composition of the response team and examples of spills that they have responded to. Mark highlights “lessons learned” and shares thoughts about potential improvements and how they hooked into the county 911 system.

Farm Business Management

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Proposing Change within Your Business Have you ever wanted to propose a change within your business but not sure how to go about doing it so that you will be heard? This webinar will highlight different methods and approaches to proposing change with a focus on proposing change to the senior generation.
Valuing Farmland Proximity - methods for valuing proximity in farmland purchasing decisions This webinar focuses on how to objectively assess the value of land proximity when making decisions about buying farmland.  Professor Ifft is developing a data set of New York farmland transactions from 1999 to present. She is interested in determinants of New York and U.S. farmland values and its effect on farm profitability and structure. Proximity is one determinant that plays a key role in prices paid for farmland.
10 Things to Consider Before Insuring Your Corn and Soybeans “It’s too complicated” is an often heard comment from farmers looking to utilize crop insurance on their farms here in New York. This webinar will go over some of the first things a farmer would need to consider before reaching out to a crop insurance sales person. Understanding these concepts will improve the chance of purchasing a policy which will truly reduce the risk of growing crops.  Fay Benson, who works with the South Central NY Dairy Team, will share some of his experience while farming as well as knowledge gained during working with crop insurance education in New York for the past 10 years.
Focus on Risk for Dairy Farmers Ron has used many tools to manage milk price risks on his dairy over the years including those from FSA and RMA and also buying contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. During the webinar he will relay some of these experiences and which tools he uses now for his farm’s milk protection. Ed Gallagher will review RMA’s new “Dairy Revenue Protection” policy. This is a new policy developed with the help of the American Farm Bureau. It is closer to the crop insurances offered for field crops and has helped that industry manage risks for a number of years. Fay Benson who works with Cornell University Crop Insurance and Risk Management and Education Program will host the webinar and indicate where more information can be found on the Dairy Revenue Protection Policy.  Presented in collaboration with Cornell University Crop Insurance and Risk Management and Education Program.
Crop Insurance Options for Corn Silage With the deadline looming, Dr. Ifft will discuss options available and factors to consider in making your decision.