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

Management matters even after weaning!

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 24, 2022

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

FARM Animal Care Program Version 4.0 Update

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: September 9, 2021

Antibiotic Usage Pathways Georgakakkos and Hicks April 2021

Last Modified: April 20, 2021

NNYADP Research Results Highlight an Opportunity for Improved Antibiotic Steward

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 20, 2021

10 Simple but Effective New Year's Resolutions to Improve your Dairy

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 2, 2021

It's always the Nutritionist's fault!

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 2, 2021

National Dairy FARM Program Update - September 2020

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: October 1, 2020

Perfecting the Dry Cow Diet: Part 2

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: October 1, 2020

Hay or Ney

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: September 14, 2020

Back to Basics: Herd Management Lessons from COVID-19

Last Modified: June 29, 2020

Proper Euthanasia Practices

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: June 29, 2020

Vitamin and Mineral Focus: Sodium

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: June 29, 2020

Core Principals of Pre-Weaned Calf Care: Colostrum and Calories

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 8, 2020

Fitness For Transport

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 8, 2020

Guidance for Animal Care Operations

Kelsey O'Shea, Agriculture Business Development
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 8, 2020

Vitamin and Mineral Focus: Potassium

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 8, 2020

Helping you Meet the FARM Program Continuing Education Requirements

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 28, 2020
Helping you Meet the FARM Program Continuing Education Requirements

Stockmanship Training with Curt Pate: It's All about Pressure

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 28, 2020
Stockmanship Training with Curt Pate:  It's All about Pressure

Vitamin and Mineral Focus: Magnesium

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 28, 2020

Update - Regional Ag Team Operations during COVID-19

Last Modified: March 23, 2020

How to Manange COVID-19 Risks on Dairy Farms

Last Modified: March 19, 2020

Dairy Farming Abroad!

Kelsey O'Shea, Agriculture Business Development
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: March 4, 2020

Determining the prevalence of Salmonella Dublin and its potential economic impac

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: March 4, 2020

Meeting the Continuing Education Requirements of FARM Program Version 4.0 2020

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: March 4, 2020

Vitamin and Mineral Focus - Phosphorous

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: March 4, 2020

Factsheet 2019 Dairy Risk Management

Kelsey O'Shea, Agriculture Business Development
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 5, 2020

Perfecting the Dry Cow Diet: Part 1

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 5, 2020

Record Keeping 101

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 5, 2020

Transitioning Our Thinking on Immunity and Health

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 5, 2020

Vitamin and Mineral Focus

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 5, 2020

Vitamin and Mineral Focus- Calcium

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 5, 2020

Help Your Calves Beat the Winter Blues

Casey Havekes, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: December 9, 2019

National Dairy FARM Program Version 4.0 Updates

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: December 9, 2019

Improved Cow Comfort Linked to Productivity and Profitabilty

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: October 2, 2019
Improved Cow Comfort Linked to Productivity and Profitabilty

PRODAIRY e-Alert Bunker and Silo Safety

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: October 2, 2019
PRODAIRY e-Alert Bunker and Silo Safety

Apps in Ag

Last Modified: June 24, 2019

Benefits to Socially Housing Calves

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: June 24, 2019

USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

Last Modified: June 24, 2019

Calf health treatment protocols, compliance and economic impact: Northern New Yo

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 16, 2019

Is Safety a Priority on your Farm?

Last Modified: April 16, 2019

Antimicrobial Resisitance, Treatment Protocols and Prudent antimicrobial usage..

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 5, 2019

The Dairy Industry nees to change to stay relevant to consumers

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 5, 2019

Winter Ventilation

Last Modified: February 5, 2019

You can Never be too prepared for an Emergency

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 5, 2019

Key Points to Remener when Composting Livestock

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: December 4, 2018

Mortality Disposal Guidance

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: October 24, 2018

Not All Mattresses Are Equal

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: October 24, 2018

2018 Feed Dealer Seminars

Tatum Langworthy, Sr. Administrative Assistant
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: October 17, 2018

The Law of Diminishing Returns - How do we know when we've reached it?

Last Modified: September 6, 2018

2018: Bunker Silo Safety Reminder from OSHA

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: August 24, 2018

AG Plastics Recycling

Ron Kuck, Livestock Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: August 14, 2018

Pro-Dairy Waste Tire Update

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: August 14, 2018

New Dairy Margin Protection Plan worth considering for 2018

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 14, 2018

Check Out What Dairy Checkoff is Doing For You

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 9, 2018

Bulk Tank SCC - It's one cow or my whole herd

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 2, 2018
Bulk Tank SCC - It's one cow or my whole herd

Residential Agricultural Discount Application

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 2, 2018

Do's and Don'ts March 2018

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: March 21, 2018

Fireside Chat

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: March 21, 2018

Cowlicks: An Indicator of Attitude

Last Modified: March 7, 2018

Dairy Markets and Policy

Last Modified: March 1, 2018

Dairy Farming: It's a Passion but it's hard.

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 17, 2018

Calves still need water & other cold weather recommendations.

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 6, 2018

Dairyland Initiative Training on Youngstock Housing and Ventilation

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 6, 2018

Cow Comfort Proceedings

Last Modified: September 12, 2017

2017 Cow Comfort Presentations and Sponsors

Shining a Light on Better Udder Prep

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: September 7, 2017

Factors Associated with Lameness and Injury in Tiestalls

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: July 10, 2017

Pasteurizers

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 30, 2017

Colostrum and Calf Productivity in our Cow/Calf Operations

Ron Kuck, Livestock Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 26, 2017
Colostrum and Calf Productivity in our Cow/Calf Operations

In the dairy world monitoring newborn calves for Ig (immunoglobulins or antibodies) absorption from colostrum is very common. Calves that do not receive adequate levels of Ig from colostrum can experience increased sickness and mortality. It has also been researched that Ig absorption from colostrum is crucial to being a healthier adult with enhanced feed efficiency and milk production. It is reasonable to assume the same holds true for beef cattle.

Economic Impact of Stall Stocking Density

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 26, 2017
Economic Impact of Stall Stocking Density

At the Cow Comfort Conference, hosted by your North Country Regional Ag Team, in Syracuse this March 2017, Dr. Albert De Vries, University of Florida, spoke on the economics of cow comfort. While overstocking can improve economic returns on investments in facilities, it can have negative impacts on the cow, so how much can you overstock before you reduce your profitability? The optimal stocking density will vary from farm to farm, and within farm under different circumstances. Dr. De Vries highlighted some key things to consider to get a better idea of what overcrowding might be costing you. 

Pasteurizers - What Should I be Considering?

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 26, 2017

Pasteurizers provide an option for producers to feed whole milk to their calves, while reducing the risk of pathogen transfer from milk to calf. The ability to feed whole milk or waste milk, while reducing the risk of pathogen exposure sounds like a great idea, HOWEVER, there are some things to consider before going out and writing a check for that nice, new, shiny machine.

Understadning Dairy Cow Lying Behavior

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: January 23, 2017

Almost all dairy producers agree that a cow that gets more rest (spends more time lying down) will be healthier and produce more milk.

The Cold Weather is Coming - Don't Wait Until the Last Minute to Prepare

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: December 28, 2016
The Cold Weather is Coming - Don't Wait Until the Last Minute to Prepare

Many producers are still dealing with the implications of a hot and dry summer. The long-term impacts of heat stress are still being felt on many dairy operations, calves born in September and October were weaker and needed extra attention, reduced reproduction efficiency through August and September are still wreaking havoc on some herds and the reduced milk production and somatic cell challenges increased the economic challenges faced by many producers. On top of heat stress, many producers are dealing with the impacts of drought leading to reduced feed inventories and water challenges as we move into the winter months. As we move closer to winter and another type of extreme weather, it's worth taking some time to prepare.

VCPR Fact SHeet

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: August 12, 2016

VCPR: What it is and why you need one

Cold Weather Teat Dips

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: July 12, 2016

Heat Stress

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: July 12, 2016

Heat Stress 3

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: July 12, 2016

Heat Stress Calves

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: July 12, 2016
Heat Stress Calves

Precision Dairy Farming

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: July 12, 2016

Repro Efficiency

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: July 12, 2016

Is Your Farm Prepared For a Crisis? Part 1

Libby Eiholzer, Bilingual Dairy
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

Last Modified: March 23, 2016
Is Your Farm Prepared For a Crisis? Part 1

Are you ready for an undercover video to be released depicting animal abuse on your dairy farm? Who could be ready for that?

Can value be added to Holstein bull calves?

Last Modified: December 9, 2015
Can value be added to Holstein bull calves?

With favorable market conditions, it can be profitable raising dairy beef. 



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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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