Northern New York Dairy Institute begins in November
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 2:48 pm

CANTON -- The 10th Northern New York Dairy Institute course will help farmers missing out on quality milk premium income. The course is organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Northern New York and Quality Milk Production Services, and will focus on improving farm income through producing quality milk and components.

Co-organizer and NNY Regional Dairy Specialist Kimberley Morrill says, “Many dairy farmers are missing out on quality milk premium income, may also be spending money on mastitis treatment, and losing income to milk loss. One way to satisfy increasing demand for milk and to reduce costs is for farmers to produce quality milk. This 10th Dairy Institute course will help them pinpoint areas for improvement.”

The course runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. session each month in November, December and January. Producers may register for one or all three sessions. A pre-registration discount applies for all those who sign up for all three sessions by October 23.

The November 2013-January 2014 educational sessions will include:

Session 1: What is mastitis costing your farm? Economics of mastitis, mammary anatomy and physiology, importance of milking protocols and cow handling, mastitis organisms, and taking samples for culturing.

Session 2: Cow comfort and equipment maintenance and how they impact somatic cell count and milk quality as well as heat abatement strategies, plus a review of teat end scoring.

Session 3: Record keeping for mastitis control, the importance of knowing what strain of mastitis your cow has for treatment purposes, and the value of records to reducing residues and identifying problem cows.

The pre-registration deadline is two weeks prior to each session. The cost is $35 for one session, $90 for all three by the Oct. 23 pre-registration date, or $50 at the door per session.

The course schedule for St. Lawrence County is Nov. 7 and Dec. 12, 2013, and Jan. 14, 2014, at the CCE Extension Learning Farm in Canton.

To register contact Kimberley Morrill at 379-9192, 518-564-0498, or kmm434@cornell.edu.