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Calf & Heifer Congress 2016 - "Laying the Foundation for Top Herd Performance"

Jerry Bertoldo, Dairy
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

March 27, 2017
Calf & Heifer Congress 2016 -

The 2016 conference explored genomics, the early life impact on milk production, calving assistance, preventing disease outbreaks, tools for battling respiratory disease, trace mineral and immunity, antibiotic strategies, feeding older heifers, inspiring workers, biofilms and what great calf operations look like.

Chris Rossiter Burhans, VMD (pdf; 71KB)
  • Leading by Example: A Virtual Tour of Well-Managed Calf & Heifer Operations

Calf & Heifer Congress 2016 – Virtual Tour (pdf; 270KB)
  • Woodsway Farm – Custom Calf Raisers

Calf & Heifer Congress 2016 – Virtual Tour (pdf; 247KB)
  • Breezy Hill Dairy – The Almeter Family, “Timing and Logistics Are Everything”

Laura Daniels - 5 Tips for Inspiring Your Team (pdf; 186KB)

Jonathan Lamb - Application of Genomic Technology in Dairy Herds (pdf; 8677KB)

Sam Leadley - Rescuing Calves from Poor Sanitation: Biofilm Basics (pdf; 254KB)

Sam Leadley - Monitoring Sanitation Procedures A Checklist (pdf; 146KB)

Sam Leadley - Washing Milk Containers (pdf; 136KB)

Harry Momont, DVM - Best Practices for Calving Assistance (pdf; 983KB)

Danielle Mzyk, DVM/PhD candidate (pdf; 960KB)
  • Antibiotic Use and Considerations in Calves and Heifers

Theresa Ollivett, DVM - Respiratory Disease: Diagnostic Tools (pdf; 3377KB)

Theresa Ollivett, DVM (pdf; 2575KB)
  • Preventing Disease Outbreaks: Records, Oversight

Roberto Palomares, DVM (pdf; 155KB)
  • Role of Trace Minerals in Active Immunity & Respiratory Vaccine Effectiveness

Sue Puffenbarger - Auto Feeder Key Points for Success (pdf; 58KB)

Fernando Soberon - LifeStart: The Science Behind the Concept (pdf; 71KB)

Mike Van Amburgh - (pdf; 1179KB)
  • Weaning and Post-weaning Management of Calves and Heifers for Optimizing Long-term Productivity

Calf & Heifer Congress - 2016 Proceedings Boolet (pdf; 36968KB)











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Upcoming Events

Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update

July 18, 2019
Batavia, NY

After the day's work is done, come hear about two new research trials conducted by Julio Giordano's lab:
  • Strategies for improving dairy cattle reproductive performance and economics
  • Using automated sensors for improving dairy cattle health monitoring and management

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Weed Resistance Management Demonstration and Plot Tour

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 23, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Waterloo, NY

Come join us on July 23 in Seneca County at Quinten Good's farm for a demonstration and walking tour of 16 different pre- and post-emergence treatments in soybean and 12 different treatments and combinations in corn.
  • Tall waterhemp and marestail are two weeds that are resistant to glyphosate and ALS herbicide modes of action in the WNY and Finger Lakes regions.
  • Each year the number of acres with resistant weed populations expands.
  • For herbicides to be an effective tool in weed management, we have to know what chemistries & application timings are most effective against these resistant weeds.

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Pasture Walk with the Finger Lakes Graziers

July 29, 2019
12:45 - 4 pm
Waterloo, NY

Join the Finger Lakes Graziers on a pasture walk and learn about soil health. 
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USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 ? Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today the availability of a new web-based tool - developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin - to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

The 2018 Farm Bill authorized
DMC, a voluntary risk management program that offers financial protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. It replaces the program previously known as the Margin Protection Program for Dairy. Sign up for this USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) program opens on June 17.

"With sign-up for the
DMC program just weeks away, we encourage producers to use this new support tool to help make decisions on participation in the program," Secretary Perdue said. "Dairy producers have faced tough challenges over the years, but the DMC program should help producers better weather the ups and downs in the industry."

The University of Wisconsin launched the decision support tool in cooperation with FSA and funded through a cooperative agreement with the USDA Office of the Chief Economist. The tool was designed to help producers determine the level of coverage under a variety of conditions that will provide them with the strongest financial safety net. It allows farmers to simplify their coverage level selection by combining operation data and other key variables to calculate coverage needs based on price projections.

The decision tool assists producers with calculating total premiums costs and administrative fees associated with participation in
DMC. It also forecasts payments that will be made during the coverage year.

The new Dairy Margin Coverage program offers very appealing options for all dairy farmers to reduce their net income risk due to volatility in milk or feed prices," said Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin, Madison. "Higher coverage levels, monthly payments, and more flexible production coverage options are especially helpful for the sizable majority of farms who can cover much of their milk production with the new five million pound maximum for Tier 1 premiums. This program deserves the careful consideration of all dairy farmers."

For more information, access the tool at For
DMC sign up, eligibility and related program information, visit or contact your local USDA Service Center. To locate your local FSA office, visit

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