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November 24, 2013

Farm briefs: Nov. 24, 2013

Cow comfort, equipment maintenance focus of class

MALONE — Cow comfort and equipment maintenance and how they impact milk quality will be in focus for the second session of the Northern New York Dairy Institute winter 2013-14 course. Hygiene and teat end scoring and heat stress abatement strategies are also part of the session organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Northern New York and Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS).

Speakers include Dr. Rick Watters of QMPS and Curt Gooch, a dairy facilities engineer with the Cornell PRO-Dairy Program.

The cost is $35 by pre-registration or $50 at the door for the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. class, which is of interest to dairies of all types interested in improving opportunities for quality milk production premium income. FSA borrower credits are available.

The class will be offered for Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties on Dec. 13 at Mo’s Pub and Grill in Malone.

The pre-registration deadline is two weeks prior to the class session. To register, contact Northern New York Regional Dairy Specialist Kimberley Morrill at 564-0498, 315-379-9192 or kmm434@cornell.edu.

The Northern New York Dairy Institute provides milk producers with access to the expertise of Cornell University faculty, regional and state veterinarians, Quality Milk Production Services lab specialists, agricultural facility engineers and others. Learn more about the dairy industry in Northern New York at www.ccenny.com.

Extension offering high-tunnel seminar

PLATTSBURGH — High tunnels not only extend the growing season in spring and fall, the protection they provide from wind, rain and weather extremes during the summer months results in greater yields, better quality and fewer pest problems.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is inviting anyone currently using a high tunnel or considering putting one up to attend Getting the Most from your High Tunnel. The same program will be held in two locations on different dates: Monday, Dec. 9, at the Visitor’s Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths near Saranac Lake; or Friday Dec. 13, at the CCE Office, 24 Martin Rd, Voorheesville near Albany. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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