The DairyProfit Seminars held annually at Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, New York, 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 & Son Farms in Seneca Falls.
The 2014 DairyProfit Seminars will focus on strategies for finding the next 10 pounds of milk, maximizing pregnancy rates, and lessons learned about shredlage. They will feature speakers from Cornell University, farmers and agriservice professionals in a discussion panel format.
Each session starts at 9:30 a.m. 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.
The seminar schedule includes:
Tuesday, August 5, 9:30 a.m.: How to avoid losing a dollar per cow every day with Lallemand Animal Nutrition dairy technical services manager Tony Hall covering the hidden costs of subacute rumen acidosis (SARA) on every dairy farm, beginning with the post-fresh cows and on into early to midlactation. This includes up-to-date work done in the Northeast using remote rumen pH boluses to see what was happening in real time on a commercial dairy farm with a well-formulated TMR. The presentation will also include practical recommendations for primary producer teams and nutritionists to help avoid SARA and reduce exposure to this daily loss.
Tuesday, August 5, 10:30 a.m.: Finding the next 10 pounds with dairy farmers Brad Almeter of Breezy Hill Dairy, David White of Cabhi Farm, and Frank Albano Jr. of Albano Farms sharing 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.
Tuesday, August 5, 1 p.m.: Management and genetics of sound feet and legs in the dairy herd, a discussion sponsored by the New York Holstein Association and HolsteinWorld magazine.
Wednesday, August 6, 9:30 a.m.: It takes a vision to leave a legacy with Diann Andrews, a CFP professional with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., who specializes in agribusiness estate and succession planning. Discussion will focus on family farm succession planning issues and challenges and will draw upon her experiences helping farm families work to keep their operations for future generations.
Wednesday, August 6, 10:30 a.m.: Maximizing the pregnancy rate in your herd with Dr. Julio Giordano of Cornell University leading the discussion about the variety and combination of factors that affect pregnancy rates in dairy cattle. Farmers Jon Prokop, of Crossbrook Farm, Mackenzie Reynolds of Reyncrest Farms, and Scott Buffin of Chaffee Farms will share how they achieve high pregnancy rates in their herds.
Thursday, August 7, 9:30 a.m.: A review of mycotoxins and their impact on dairy cattle production and health with Dr. Alexandra Weaver, a technical support specialist with Alltech, discussing what mycotoxins are, where they come from, the symptoms a dairy producer might see in their cows, and strategies to combat the challenge.
Thursday, August 7, 10:30 a.m.: What we've learned about Shredlage with Michelle Woodman of Landmark Services Cooperative, discussing experiences with Shredlage-type forage on Wisconsin dairies. Dr. Larry Chase, Cornell University, will moderate a panel with Woodman, Cliff Hanehan of Hanehan Family Dairy, and Corwin Holtz of Holtz-Nelson Dairy Consulting.
These seminars are sponsored by Alltech, American Farm Products, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Farm Credit East, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, Lincoln Financial Advisors and PikeSide Enterprises.