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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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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."

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