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LOHO Farms, a DAP Success Story

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

Last Modified: March 19, 2015
LOHO Farms, a DAP Success Story

LOHO Farms, a DAP Success Story
DAP is a partnership between the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, created with the goal of making dairy farms more profitable while encouraging environmentally responsible growth. Farms can be awarded funding to help cover the cost of a business plan focused on growth, design of new or remodeled facilities or development of environmental and farmstead plans. For more information, visit http://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/dairy_acceleration/.
John and Steven Ohol are brothers and partners in Loho Farms, LLC, a 120-cow dairy located near Lockport in Niagara County, NY. Last fall they applied to the Dairy Acceleration Program (DAP) for support in forming a farm business plan. I served as the facilitator for the project, and Randy Risjan of Farm Credit East served as the business planner.  
At the time of the application, John and Steve were running the farm with the help of their father, uncle and two employees. The process of working with Randy to create a business plan helped them to define two major goals: a) to improve the farmís financial viability through increasing farm profitability and cash flow, and b) to improve labor efficiency.
When I stopped by the farm in July, I was amazed at the progress that the farm had made! To work towards the goal of making the farm more financially viable, the owners focused on ramping up milk production. The installation of new curtains and waterbeds has certainly improved cow comfort, proven by the fact that milk production has increased from 55 to 70 pounds. They also bought 10 animals in order to fill the freestall and fully utilize its capacity.  
To improve reproduction and eliminate the need to purchase replacements, Steve took an AI course and started breeding their own heifers. They are considering using AI on cows as well. Plans are in place to cover the barnyard where the heifers are housed, which will also facilitate growth in the heifer herd.
Labor efficiency in the milking parlor at Loho Farms greatly improved with the installation of a low line and six new milking units. The double six herringbone parlor was originally equipped as a swing parlor with weigh jars. The new equipment has cut milking time by about an hour per shift.
The farmís goals for coming months are to continue to work towards higher milk production and utilization of AI across the herd. Within 3 years they would like to make the transition to a robotic milking system. John said it was easy to work with DAP- the application and other paper work was easy to complete and didnít create much extra work for him. DAP covered 80% of the cost of the business plan, up to $5,000 and the farm was responsible for 20% including any amount over the value of the award.
The approval of additional funds for DAP is anticipated and applications to participate are still being accepted.



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Corn Congress - Batavia Location

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 6, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Batavia, NY

Please join the NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop 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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Corn Congress - Waterloo Location

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January 7, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Waterloo, NY

Please join the NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field CropsTeam 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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Soybean & Small Grains Congress - Batavia Location

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February 10, 2021
8:30a.m Registration. Program 10:00am - 3:30pm
Batavia, NY

Please join Cornell Cooperative Extension's NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team for the annual Soybean & Small Grains Congress to be held at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY.
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Beginning January 1, 2020, farm employers in New York will be required to pay overtime to certain employees for all hours worked over 60 in a week. We've developed some tools to help farm employers consider management strategies to respond to this change. Tools include an excel calculator to estimate the cost of overtime and an extension bulletin to help you consider and evaluate changes on your farm.

March 2020 Dairy Market Watch

The latest issue of Dairy Market Watch is now available. Keep up to date on the market issues affecting our dairy industry, and put changing market forces into perspective.

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Dairy Market Watch is an educational newsletter to keep producers informed of changing market factors affecting the dairy industry.  Dairy Market Watch is published at the end of every month, funded in part by Cornell Pro-Dairy, and is compiled by Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist with CCE's SWNY Regional Team.



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