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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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Pasture Walk - Wild Geese Farm - Franklinville, NY

August 21, 2019
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Fanklinville, NY

Topics to include: Tools for Managing Rotational Grazed Pasture, Weed ID and Management and Calculating Cost of Production. 
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Bovine Reproduction and AI Training Course

September 24 - September 25, 2019
9:30am - 3:30pm
Shortsville, NY

This two-day AI workshop will be held on September 24 and 25. 

Topics covered will include:

• Reproductive Physiology
• Synchronization Protocols
• Heat Detection
• Artificial Insemination
• Proper Thawing of Semen
• Loading A.I. guns
• Practice Breeding Cows

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Corn Congress - Batavia Location

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 8, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Batavia, NY

Please join the NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Program's team for our annual Corn Congress.  DEC re-certification points and Certified Crop Adviser credits available, so bring your picture ID.  Lunch is included.  Hear from program-related professionals and visit with our sponsoring vendors.  
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2019 NY Corn & Soybean Yield Contests - Entries Due 8/30/19

The annual corn and soybean yield contests sponsored by the New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association are underway. Click Here for the 2019 yield contest entry form.  This form and contest rules can also be found on the NY Corn & Soybean Growers Association web page at: 

Entry forms must be postmarked by Friday, August 30 and mailed or emailed to Mike Stanyard. Cost is $30 per entry. Good Luck! 

Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms

If you're wondering how to get your farm business in compliance with NYS Sexual Harassment Regulations, you've come to the right place.  This is a recording of the presentations given at the live training on July 30 and July 31, 2019 across New York State, which provides updates and farm-specific resources developed by CCE. View the recording here:

RMA Announces Additional One-time Changes to Prevented Planting Provisions

June 29, 2019

RMA Announces Additional One-time Changes to Prevented Planting Provisions
for 2019 Crop Year

In response to delayed and prevented planting resulting from above average rainfall and wetness, the USDA Risk Management Agency has made a one-time change to the 2019 crop year prevented planting rules that effectively allows silage corn, if planted as a cover crop following local agricultural expert guidelines, to be acceptable as a post-prevented planting cover crop. Under this one-time rule change, producers are allowed to produce this crop while retaining their prevented planting payment. This change couples with previously announced one-time changes to the prevented planting rules - including expanded acceptable uses for post-prevented planting cover crops and a change in the cover crop haying and grazing start date rule - serve to help those struggling to meet their forage needs due to the weather.

Read the full article from the New York Crop Insurance Education Program.

The USDA-RMA states that "For crop insurance purposes, a cover crop is a crop generally recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement." PRO-DAIRY specialists Joe Lawrence and Karl Czymmek and Dr. Quirine Ketterings, Professor and Director of Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program have released a letter stating "Corn on Prevented Planting acres meets these objectives."