Dairy

DairyDairy is the leading agricultural industry in New York State, and the state ranks third in the country for milk production. Milk production continues to grow in the North Country. This 6-county region houses about 120,000 milking cows on dairies of all sizes and different types.




Relevant Events

Pasture Walk and Grazing Program

June 14, 2022

Robotic Milking System Farm Tour

July 11, 2022
Belleville, NY

Dairy Cattle Handling and Safety Program for Farm Workers

July 25, 2022
Champlain , NY

Dairy Cattle Handling and Safety Program For Youth

August 1, 2022
Croghan, NY

Basic Dairy Vet Skills Training

August 12, 2022
Keeseville, NY

Focus on Farm Management: Stepping up Calf Protocols Case Study

Last Modified: April 1, 2022

Do you ever feel like your calf health is "pretty good" but you feel like you're treating more calves than you should? Or always fighting a virus or scours bug at a certain age in your calf group? A step back to look at calf protocols might be a worthwhile exercise.


"Transition Cow Tuesdays" and "Healthy, Hardy, Heifers!" Webinar Recording Links

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: March 1, 2022

"Transition Cow Tuesdays" and "Healthy, Hardy, Heifers!" Webinar Recording Links


5 Tips for a successful Dry Period

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: March 1, 2022

By Casey Havekes Regional Dairy Management Specialist, CCE NCRAT & Sydney Moore, BSc., MSc., PhD Student University of British Columbia

 **This article originally appeared in Progressive Dairy Canada, Issue 1: January 2022**

The dry period is essential for dairy cows, to allow for regeneration of milk secreting tissue and prepare the udder for optimal success in the next lactation. This period can also be very stressful on the animal due to social, physiological, and nutritional changes making it increasingly important to pay close attention during this time.


Milking Procedure Review

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 15, 2022

Colostrum Supp vs Colostrum Replacer

Last Modified: February 8, 2022

FARM Workforce Development and Environmental Stewardship Dec 2021

Last Modified: February 8, 2022

What variation in milk protein among herds is telling us

Last Modified: February 8, 2022

Brr, it's cold in here!

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: November 8, 2021

Back to Basics: Calf Barn Ventilation

Last Modified: September 9, 2021

Beat the Heat!

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: September 9, 2021

Benchmarking calf growth and performance on northern New York dairy herds

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: September 9, 2021

CCQA Publishes Animal Care Reference Manual

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: September 9, 2021





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Upcoming Events

Pasture Walk and Grazing Program

June 14, 2022

Robotic Milking System Farm Tour

July 11, 2022
Belleville, NY

Dairy Cattle Handling and Safety Program for Farm Workers

July 25, 2022
Champlain , NY

Announcements

Looking to add land to an existing NYS Certified Agricultural District

Annual Thirty Day Period for Landowners to Request Additions of Viable Agricultural Land to Existing Agricultural Districts

The Jefferson County Board of Legislators has set June 1st through June 30th of each year for the purpose accepting requests to add predominantly viable agricultural land to an existing NYS Certified Agricultural District in the County.

Viable agricultural land: actively farmed as well as land that is highly suitable for agricultural production.
A parcel of land is "predominantly" viable if a minimum of 51% of the parcel is viable agricultural land.
The purpose of NYS Certified Agricultural Districts is to encourage the continued use of farmland for agricultural production. The Agricultural District Program is based on a combination of landowner incentives and protections, all of which are designed to forestall the conversion of farmland to non-agricultural uses.

Landowners who wish to submit a request to add land to an existing NYS Certified Agricultural District may download the form from the Jefferson County Department of Planning web page under NYS Certified Agricultural Districts, or you may call the Jefferson County Department of Planning, (315) 785-3144 and ask for the 2022 Agricultural Annual Inclusion Form.

All requests must be submitted on the form provided by the Planning Department and must be received no later than June 30, 2022.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly across the world.

Although cities have the most sick people, the disease has reached rural communities of New York as well. Everyone needs to take this very seriously. Agriculture is an essential business, so many of us will continue to go to work. However, we all need to take precautions to stay safe and help prevent further spread of the disease. The key things to do are limit contact with other people and keep everything very clean. We've prepared a new resource to help Spanish- and English-speaking farm employees access credible, multi-lingual information that they can use right away. Here are this links to a printable resource for farms to use:
English COVID 19 Procedures
Spanish COVID 19 Procedures


To see a full list of other relevant resources, click here.




How to Manage COVID-19 Risk on Dairy Farms

Straightforward helpful steps to manage risk on dairy farms!  We are happy to help talk farms through these steps and develop risk management plans for protecting owners and team members. Reach out to Kelsey O'Shea via email kio3@cornell.edu for more information.



Update - Regional Ag Team Operations during COVID-19

Click here to get the updated information on our operations.


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