Event Details


March 20 - March 21, 2017


Holiday Inn
441 Electronics Parkway
Liverpool, NY 13088


$175.00 Pre-registration before 03/01/2017

$250.00 Registration after 03/01/2017


Pre-Registration Deadline: March 1, 2017

Cow Comfort Conference - Working with what you have and looking towards the future

March 20 - March 21, 2017

Cow Comfort Conference - Working with what you have and looking towards the future

Cow Comfort Conference - Working with what you have and looking towards the future

Monday March 20, 2017
10:00 AM - Vendor set up and registration opens
12:00 PM - Light lunch available and visit with vendors
1:00 PM - Welcome - Kimberley Morrill and Lindsay Ferlito, Cornell Cooperative Extension, North Country Regional Ag Team
1:10 PM - Cow Comfort Issues Facing the Dairy Industry Today and Tomorrow - Dr. Gordie Jones, Central Sands Dairy
2:10 PM - Should you Retrofit or Rebuild? - Dan McFarland, Agricultural Engineering Educator, Penn State Extension
3:10 PM - Break and visit with vendors
3:45 PM - National FARM Program Update and Emerging Issues - Emily Yeiser Stepp, Director, FARM Animal Care Program, National Milk Producers Federation
4:20 PM - Producer Panel: Dealing with Cow Comfort Issues - 15 minutes/panelist - Lisa Ford, Cayuga Marketing; Corwin Holtz, Holtz-Nelson Dairy Consulting; Daryl Martin, Glenview Dairy
5:05 PM - Questions for speaker and panel
5:25 PM - First day wrap up
5:30 PM - Social hour and visit with vendors
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Casino night

Tuesday March 21, 2017
7:00 AM - Breakfast available and visit with vendors
8:00 AM - Welcome back - Kimberley Morrill and Lindsay Ferlito
8:05 AM - Using On-Farm Automation and Technology to Improve Cow Comfort - Dr. Rob Lynch, Dairy Herd Health and Management Specialist, PRO-DAIRY
9:00 AM - Managing the Environment to Maximize Cow Comfort - Dr. Heather Dann, Research Scientist, Miner Institute
9:55 AM - Break and visit with vendors
10:25 AM - The Economics of Cow Comfort: Why it pays to make improvements - Dr. Albert De Vries, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida
11:20 AM - Successfully Designing Facilities to Maximize Cow Comfort - Dr. Gordie Jones, Central Sands Dairy
12:10 PM - Wrap up - Kimberley Morrill and Lindsay Ferlito
12:15 PM - Adjourn - Lunch available

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