The next Northern NY Dairy Institute Training session in St. Lawrence County is set to start Wednesday, Feb. 2.
The training will focus on good calf management as a critical part of operating a dairy farm.
Nationally-respected calf and heifer management specialist Dr. Sam Leadley will be a featured guest speaker.
Leadley helped develop the “DCHA (Dairy Calf and Heifer Association) Gold Standards” for calf and heifer raising, and co-authored the Calf Manager CD with 40 teaching lessons.
Leadley writes a monthly Calf Connection column for the Northeast Dairy Business magazine, and edits the Calving Ease newsletter.
FSA Borrower credits are available for the course, which comprises six weekly three-hour classes offered by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Northern New York and WH Miner Institute, in partnership with the NY Center for Dairy Excellence and Cornell PRO-Dairy program.
The series of classes will focus on caring for the newborn calf, managing colostrum, feeding pre-weaned calves up to weaning, keeping calves healthy, housing considerations, and achieving efficiency in the calf enterprise. Special guest speakers are expected for some topics.
Registration with the $75 course fee is due two weeks before the course begins.
For more info, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County’s Brent Buchanan, 379-9192, firstname.lastname@example.org.