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September 30, 2012

Farm briefs: Sept. 30, 2012

Local dairy farms to host Hoof Health Workshops

MALONE — A diverse mix of Northern New York dairy operations will be hosting the on-farm learning sessions of the 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Northern New York Dairy Institute Hoof Health Workshops that combine classroom and on-farm training organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The workshops will be offered Thursdays, Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1 and 8 at Franklin, Clinton and Essex County locations.

Herd sizes for the on-farm workshops range from 150-cow dairies to several-hundred-cow operations. Those enrolling for the first class will receive a free right- or left-handed hoof knife.

“With a mix of small and larger herd operations hosting these workshops on farms across Northern New York, participants will have the opportunity to keep up with the latest aspects of hoof health that are common to all operations as well as different management techniques used by the individual farms,” said Cornell Cooperative Extension dairy and livestock educator Ron Kuck.

Farms hosting programs for Franklin and Clinton counties are Carsada Farms in Malone, Vincent Farms in Malone, Miner Institute in Chazy and Hidden View Farm in Champlain. A one-day dairy hoof health workshop will be scheduled for Essex County later this fall.

Those interested in attending the programs may register for one session at $35 per session or for the series of four at $100 per series. FSA borrower credits are pending. Registration one week prior to each session is appreciated. To register in Clinton County, contact Kim Morrill, 564-0498, kmm434@cornell.edu; for Essex County, Anita Deming, 962-4810, ald6@cornell.edu; and for Franklin County, Rick Levitre, 483-7403, ral334@cornell.edu, or Harry Fefee, 483-7403, hnf9@cornell.edu.

This Northern New York Dairy Institute training series is made possible with funding from local and regional agribusiness and dairy farmers.

 

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