The DairyProfit Seminars held annually at Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, NY, have become a regular stop for dairy producers, their staff and agribusiness professionals. This year’s show is slated for August 5-7 on the 300-acre show grounds at Rodman Lott & Sons Farm.
The 2014 DairyProfit Seminars will include a pre-show farm tour, strategies for finding the next 10 pounds of milk, maximizing pregnancy rates and lessons learned about shredlage. The programs will feature Cornell speakers, farmers and agriservice professionals in a discussion panel format.
The seminars are sponsored by Cargill Animal Nutrition, Farm Credit East, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, Lincoln Financial Group and Pikeside Enterprises and is a collaboration between Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY and DairyBusiness East magazine. Each session starts at 9:30 am at the Dairy Seminar Center, located on the show grounds. The seminars are free and open to the public. They will be followed at noon by an industry update from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council and a picnic lunch.
Monday, August 4
PRO-DAIRY will host a tour of the new Cornell Dairy Research Center in Harford, NY, the new dairy processing plant in Stocking Hall on campus and Walnut Ridge Dairy in Lansing, NY. Stay tuned for details!
Tuesday, August 5
9:30 am – Update on rumen health and feed conversion efficiency
Presented by Tony Hall of Lallemand Animal Nutrition
10:30 am – Finding the next 10 lbs
Dairy farmers Brad Almeter, Breezy Hill Dairy; Greg White, Cabhi Farm; and Frank Albano Jr., Albano Farms, will share their experiences and strategies for increasing milk production to meet the financial goals of their farms. Kathy Barrett, Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY, will moderate this panel discussion.
1:00 pm – Management and genetics of sound feet and legs in the dairy herd
Sponsored by the New York Holstein Association and DairyBusiness Communications
Wednesday, August 6
9:30 am – It takes a vision to leave a legacy
So you think you’re “all set” when it comes to succession planning. Diann Andrews, a CFP® professional with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., who specializes in agribusiness estate and succession planning will speak about family farm succession planning issues and challenges. Her presentation will draw upon her experiences helping farm families work to keep their operations for future generations.
10:30 am – Maximizing the pregnancy rate in your herd
Dr. Julio Giordano, Cornell University, will lead the discussion about the variety and combination of factors that affect pregnancy rate in dairy cattle. Dr. Giordano will also moderate a dairy farmer panel where local farmers, Jon Prokop, Crossbrook Farm; Mackenzie Reynolds, Reyncrest Farms; and Scott Buffin, Chaffee Farms, will share how they achieve high pregnancy rates in their herds.
1:30 pm – Junior Dairy Leader Graduation
Junior Dairy Leader is a hands-on program for 16- to 19-year-old youth interested in learning about career opportunities in the dairy industry.
Thursday, August 7
10:30 am – What we’ve learned about shredlage
Michelle Woodman, Landmark Services Cooperative, WI, will kick off this seminar with a discussion about experiences with shredlage type forage on Wisconsin dairies. Dr. Larry Chase, Cornell University, will moderate a panel that includes Cliff Hanehan, Hanehan Family Dairy; Corwin Holtz, Holtz-Nelson Dairy Consulting; and Michelle Woodman.
DairyBusiness Communications, based in Syracuse, NY, produces multi-media for the dairy industry including three monthly magazines (DairyBusiness East, DairyBusiness West and Holstein World), DairyProfit Weekly newsletter, DairyBusiness Radio, six active web sites and DairyProfit Seminars. It is a division of Multi Ag Media, LLC.