August 18, 2009
Contacts: See list at end of release
Local Dairy Skills Training to Start;
Northern NY Dairy Institute Debuts in October
Northern New York – In October 2009, the Cornell Cooperative Extension
associations of Northern New York and W.H. Miner Agricultural Research
Institute will start-up the new Northern NY Dairy Institute.
The Institute will offer a series of dairy skills training short courses
to help farmers, farm workers, youth and those seeking agricultural
employment refresh, improve or learn new skills, and earn a certificate
of proficiency or be eligible for college credit.
Classes will be held locally in the Northern New York region’s six
counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence.
The NY Center for Dairy Excellence and Cornell University’s PRO-DAIRY
Program are providing funding for the Northern NY Dairy Institute.
Morrisville State College and Alfred State College are offering college
credits for the courses. Local agribusiness professionals, Cornell
Cooperative Extension educators and the Northern New York Agricultural
Development Program will be providing support.
The Northern NY Dairy Institute is modeled after the Wyoming County (NY)
“The NY Center for Dairy Excellence and NY Farm Viability Institute
provided funds, starting in 2007, to develop these courses, in Wyoming
County. Our intention was that course outlines and manuals developed
back then could be replicated in other parts of the state, and we are
very excited to see that the Dairy Skills Training program is now being
offered in Northern New York, Northwestern New York, and in Chautauqua
County. These training modules will continue to offer practical farm
skills to New York’s dairy farms,’’ says John Lincoln, a dairy farmer
and chair of the NY Farm Viability Institute board of directors.
“Dairy farmers who have pursued this type of continuing education and
skill development have reported improved employee performance and
communication, cost savings and the ultimate goal of every dairy farmer
- enhanced cow and calf care,” says Dairy and Livestock Educator Ron
Kuck with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.
Dairy Cow Reproduction Management will be the focus of the Fall 2009
course of the Northern NY Dairy Institute. The course will combine
classroom sessions and on-farm instruction.
“The Northern NY Dairy Institute represents the opportunity to learn new
ways to be profitable and, in some cases, to return to the basic
practicalities of dairy farming that can improve your farm’s bottom line
economics,” says Wanda Emerich of W.H. Miner Agricultural Research
Institute in Chazy, NY. “Having a strong breeding program is a keystone
for internal herd growth and good milk production.”
Northern New York Dairy Institute instructors will include
veterinarians, dairy industry technicians and academics, and
Northern NY Dairy Institute participants may take the course to earn a
certificate of proficiency for $75/module or may qualify for college
credit in collaboration with Morrisville and Alfred State colleges for
Future Northern NY Dairy Institute courses will offer dairy skills
training modules on The Biology and Management of Producing Quality
Milk; Calf Management Practices; Dairy Financial Management; Feeds &
Feeding Management; Herdsmanship, Herd Health and Lameness; Management
for the Transition Cow, Manure and Manure Management; and Utilizing
Dairy Comp 305 to Efficiently Manage Cows and Maximize Profits.
For more information and registration for the Northern NY Dairy
Institute, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office or WH
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Northern NY Dairy Institute Co-coordinators:
• Ron Kuck, CCE Jefferson County, 315-788-8450
• Wanda Emerich, WH Miner Institute, 518-846-7121 x117
Cornell Cooperative Extension Contacts for Northern NY Dairy
• Clinton County: Amy Ivy, 518-561-7450
• Essex County: Anita Deming, 518-962-4810 x409
• Franklin County: Carl Tillinghast, 518-483-7403
• Jefferson County: Ron Kuck, 315-788-8450
• Lewis County: Frans Vokey, 315-376-5270
• St. Lawrence County: Brent Buchanan, 315-379-9192
NY Center for Dairy Excellence:
Cornell University PRO-Dairy:
Northern New York Agricultural Development Program: