The 8th Annual 2015 New York Dairy Day Program is being hosted at both Ballston Spa and Sherburne on March 10.

The lineup of speakers includes:

Dr. Curt VanTassell, a research geneticist with USDA who will speak about genomics and the direction it is moving the dairy industry. One of his topics will include the ability to improve health and reproductive traits while continuing to improve milk production through genetics. He will also give attendees a peak at some of the future technologies that genomics will bring to the industry.

Dr. Mike VanAmburgh of Cornell’s Animal Science Department will discuss early calf growth and its impact on future milk production when that animal enters the milking string. He will also discuss the calf’s natural immunity and how it is impacted by the care of the dam.

Dr. Julio Giordano, DVM, of Cornell’s Animal Science Department will discuss how dairy producers can overcome one of their biggest challenges today, getting cows pregnant in a timely manner.

Caroline Potter, Coordinator of the ProDairy Dairy Acceleration Program, will provide information in Ballston Spa about the new round of funding available to dairy farmers for Business Planning and Environmental Stewardship. Tim Terry of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY Program will present this information at the Sherburne location.

The cost is $30 and includes lunch. For more information and to receive registration information, call (315) 866-7920 or email herkimer@cornell.edu. Registration and the option to pay online is available here.