Dairy cattle at Lew-Lin farm, Dryden NY
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Dairy Cattle

Dairy 101

Dairy Cattle


Abundant natural rainfall and a great tradition of dairy farming makes the Northeast an important dairy-producing area of the country. Seneca County’s 112 dairy farms sell over $27 million in fluid milk each year. To access the college for more information on dairy production…Read more. http://cce.cornell.edu/Ag/ProductionAgriculture/Pages/DairyCattle.aspx


Cornell University Pro-Dairy - a NYS dairy industry educational program, enables farm families and other agricultural professionals to realize their values and strive to achieve their professional and personal goals

Cornell University Dairy Management Program - gain further understanding of the integration and application of dairy farm management principles and programs with respect to progressive dairying and related industries through Cornell's site

New York State Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services - this NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets website has a dual role to protect the health and welfare of the people of New York State and to help promote the agricultural economic development of the dairy industry through various economic controls and programs

NYS 4-H Youth Dairy Programs - provides children and teens with dairy related events, activities and resources

More Useful Information 

Immature Frosted Corn Silage has strategies on how to feed corn silage that has been frozen prior to harvest at an immature stage of growth.

Immature Corn Silage  provides management tips for feeding corn silage that was ensiled prior to reaching proper maturity.

Interpreting Mold Count  shares the thresholds of mold counts and strategies to minimize loss of milk production in dairy cows.

Dairy Farm Business Management provides information on financial management issues and profitability.

Dairy Profit Monitor is a web-based business management tool that allows producers and their advisers to track operating performance in the areas of milk production, herd health, milk check analysis, efficiency parameters, and financial management.

Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis (DFBS) provides and in-depth financial analysis to help dairy farmers analyze their finances, set future goals and make financial decisions. DFBS helps farmers to benchmark their farm against other similar sized farms. Reports are confidential.

Dairy Facilities/Environmental Management/Engineering Publications provides information on dairy facilities engineering sand bedding, ventilation, expansion/structural design, calf & heifer facilities, lighting, flooring and bird control.

The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering has plans for freestall barns and shelters, special cow facilities, calf and heifer housing, and tie stall barns

The Dairyland Initiative developed through the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin combines the most relevant research in health, production and behavior into housing design into a web-based information center and building plan assessment program. Cost is $100 for 2-year web-access.

The Northeast Pasture Consortium is an alliance of graziers, extension, and research dedicated to improving pasture management in the northeastern United States.

Pro-Dairy works to improve profitability and competitiveness of the NYS dairy industry. The program is committed to creativity, innovation and excellence in providing educational programs.

NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team

CCE Seneca Co. contracts with the NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops team to assist farmers requesting information on farm business management, dairy and livestock production, and cropping information. They also have a specialist who can assist dairy farmers with a bilingual workforce.

The NWNY team brochure provides a list of these production specialists and their contact information…..

To learn more about the resources that the team can provide for dairy, crop, and livestock farmers…..

Last updated July 26, 2019