Event Details

Date

March 20 - March 21, 2017

Location

Holiday Inn
441 Electronics Parkway
Liverpool, NY 13088

Cost

$175.00 Pre-registration before 03/01/2017


$250.00 Registration after 03/01/2017


Host

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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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.
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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.




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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.



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