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7 Phrases to Ease Communication During Calvings

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

Last Modified: June 10, 2013
7 Phrases to Ease Communication During Calvings

As anyone who has studied a foreign language can tell you, achieving fluency takes a lot of time and effort. It's certainly not something that takes place overnight! Dairy producers are extremely busy people. After being on your feet from dusk till dawn, how many of you are motivated to spend time studying Spanish? And yet there are profound benefits to be gained, even from learning a minimal amount of dairy-related vocabulary. Employees greatly respect those that make an effort to learn even just a few phrases of Spanish, since they undoubtedly have struggled with English. With that in mind, I'm going to start a series of articles dealing with communicating with and training employees to complete different tasks on the farm. Please share this with your employees. Have fun! *Hint* For help with pronunciation, check out the link below*

7 Dichos Para Facilitar la Comunicación Durante el Parto
Como cualquiera persona que haya estudiado una idioma segunda le podría decir, llegar a tener fluidez requiere mucho tiempo y esfuerzo. ¡No es algo que se puede lograr de un día al otro! Los que trabajan en granjas lecheras son muy ocupados. Después de trabajar de la madrugada hasta el anochecer, ¿cuántos entre ustedes van a estar motivados para estudiar inglés? Pero hay muchas ventajas de aprender aunque sea un poco de vocabulario que tiene que ver con la granja. Los encargados tienen mucho respeto para los que aprenden aunque sea un poco de inglés, como ellos sin duda han luchado para aprender español. Tomando esto en cuenta, voy a escribir una serie de artículos sobre la comunicación en varias áreas de la granja. ¡Disfruta! *Consejo* Para ayuda con la pronunciación de estas palabras, vaya al *

Calving Assistance Ayuda Durante El Parto
This cow is going to calve Ésta vaca va a parir
Examine the cow Examine la vaca
The calf is backwards El becerro está al revés
The cervix is not dilated La cervix no está dilatada
We need to pull the calf Tenemos que jalar el becerro
Always use lube Siempre usa lubricante
And remember… Y recúrede…
It’s not backwards until you find the tail!  ¡No ésta al revés hasta que encuentre la colita!

What about those times when you are completely stumped? A great online source for Spanish is (there is also an app for iPhones). In addition to a Spanish-English dictionary, you can find synonyms, verb conjugation tables, audio clips of word pronunciation and word forums, where you can get answers to all of your questions about Spanish grammar and vocabulary.  











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Forage Congress

February 27, 2019
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mt. Morris, NY

  • Climate Smart Farming Decision Tools
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  • Fiber Digestibility & Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation Using Fiber & Starch Yields
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MANURE APPLICATOR TRAINING - DEC Approved Training for CAFO Farms, register by 2/22/2019!

February 28, 2019
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Wyo Co Ag Bus Center, Warsaw and 1 p.m. - 3 p. m. Civil Def Bldg., Bath NY

This informational meeting is for all farm owners, family members, and employees who manage their farm's manure. All farms, regardless of size are encouraged to attend. This is a DEC approved Manure Applicator Training that is required for CAFO farms. A certificate will be provided to each farm that participates in the meeting. 
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Raising Healthy Livestock: The Basics of Feeding, Health, and Quality Care

March 2, 2019
10 am - 1 pm
Lockport, NY

Raising livestock can be a rewarding enterprise. There are many things to consider, including what to feed, how to keep them healthy and how to handle them. Cornell Cooperative Extension NWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team is holding a workshop for livestock farmers to help address these topics. 
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CDL Training Program For Agricultural Producers and their Employees ONLY

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, in collaboration with Genesee Valley BOCES, will be offering a CDL Training Program for both Class A and Class B licenses. This course is offered to Farm Owners, Operators, and their Employees ONLY.

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Informational Meeting)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Classroom)
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Classroom)
Class A CDL=$ 750.00 (Enrolled in Ag Program)
Class A CDL =$ 800.00 (not enrolled in Ag Program).
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Checks payable to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County
Held at CCE-Wyoming County., 36 Center Street, Warsaw, NY 14569

The informational meeting will be held the week before the CDL training session begins, to answer any questions you may have regarding this program and to pick up the required training materials and medical forms. To register, please contact Debra Welch at 585-786-2251 or email

Wyoming County Pride of Ag Dinner - N Java Fire hall, March 2nd

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please contact the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, 585.786.0307.

USDA to Host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session

The listening session will be held Feb. 26, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Jefferson Auditorium in the South Building located at 14th Street and Independence Ave. S.W. in Washington, D.C.

The listening session is open to the public. Participants must register at by February 22, 2019, to attend the listening session and are encouraged to provide written comments prior to the listening session. For those orally presenting comments at the listening session, written comments are encouraged to be submitted to by February 22, 2019. Additional written comments will be accepted through March 1, 2019. Comments received will be publicly available on

Three Free Digester Workshops offered through CCE St. Lawrence Co.

CCE of St. Lawrence County is offering three FREE workshops showcasing the research results from our feasibility study of anaerobic digester technology on small farms. The research was conducted by our partners at Clarkson University using the anaerobic digester at the Extension Learning Farm, which is fed both manure from a dairy operation and vegetable waste from our commercial kitchen. The digester heats a small green house that starts our seedling plants. We have a small scale vegetable-only digester as well. The research and program targets small dairies under 200 head, livestock producers, horticulture producers and anyone interested in alternative energy.

Program will be held on December 5, January 7, and March 6. A catered meal is provided at each program. Participants within the North Country Region will be given a $25 stipend to help cover travel costs, those from outside the region will be given $50. To receive the stipend, participants will need to complete a pre/post-test survey.

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New Guidance for Mortality Disposal Issued

NYS Department of Ag and Markets has posted guidelines on disposal of livestock carcasses, in response to reports that some rendering companies have halted pickups from farms.|1