Dairy Profit Seminars

The Dairy Profit Seminars at Empire Farm Days have become a regular stop for dairy producers, dairy farm staff and agribusiness professionals.

The 2013 Dairy Profit Seminars will provide a portrait of the next generation, highlight the use of robotic milking technology, and provide tools to measure and monitor cow comfort and ways to improve it.

Each session starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Dairy Seminar Center, in the same location as previous years, on the show grounds. The seminars are free and open to the public, and will be followed at noon by industry updates from the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council and the Beef Checkoff program, as well as a picnic lunch. The Junior Dairy Leader graduation and presentation will follow the Wednesday seminars at 1:30 p.m.

A Portrait of the Next Dairy Generation

Tuesday, August 6

Kristy Pagel, Diamond V regional sales manager, will kick off the panel with a presentation about communicating effectively in business transitions. Betsey Howland of the Cornell PRO-DAIRY program will then moderate a panel of three young dairy farmers who will tell their stories of how they have progressed in their farm businesses. The panelists are Sonja Galley, herd manager on her family's dairy, Silver Spoon Farm; Diesel Hitt, managing partner at Windsong Dairy in Adams Center, N.Y.; and Luke Getty, owner and operator of Main-Drag Holsteins LLC, a purchased feed operation in eastern New York.

Robotic Milking: Cows in Control

Wednesday, August 7

Larry Tranel of Iowa State University will present his research on the cost of robotics for small farms and moderate a panel of farmers who use robots successfully. Panelists Glenn and Sheryl Taylor transitioned Tayl-Wind Farm, LLC in Cassville, N.Y., to a robotic milking system in June 2012. Also on the panel will be Chuck Deichmann of Alfred, N.Y., who installed his first robotic milker in July 2007, and Bruce Hatfield of Hatfield Farms, LLC in Scipio Center, who purchased a robotic system in 2009.

Cow Comfort: Measure and Monitor for Impact

Thursday, August 8

PRO-DAIRY's Kathy Barrett will moderate the panel on cow comfort. Lindsay Collings of Novus International will kick off the program with a regional comparison of cattle lameness and differences in cow comfort between New York State and other areas of the country. Miner Institute's Rick Grant will present information on the economics of cow comfort, PRO-DAIRY's Curt Gooch will focus on modifications that improve cow comfort, and Diamond V's Bill Stone will share what he looks for when visiting a barn to determine if cows are comfortable from a "visual, once-over perspective."