Upcoming Events

November, 2019

Nov 4, Online: Cuidados de Terneros Recién Nacidos

Este webinar es ideal para productores, capataces y/o personal de ordeño que necesiten aprender o solidificar conceptos acerca del cuidados de becerros recien nacidos, enfocandose en el entrenamiento del personal. El manejo apropiado de los becerros durante las primeras horas de vida es esencial para prevenir importantes pérdidas como por ejemplo becerros natimortos e infecciones umbilicales in granjas lecheras.

Nov 9-10, Ithaca, NY: 2019 Small Ruminant Management and Fiber Conference

This conference is aimed at both prospective and experienced goat and sheep raisers as well as fiber designers and processors, youth organizations, college students, professionals and fiber enthusiasts. Speakers include preeminent professors, veterinarians and graduate students from Cornell Univ., Langston University’s internationally acclaimed Goat Research Center, Virginia Tech and Italy as well as nationally renowned fiber specialists and farmers.

Nov 12, Norwich, NY: Sheep and Goat Nutrition 101

It’s that time of the year where all your animals are heading in from pasture and now you are in charge of what is in front of them on a daily basis. Are you feeding the proper feed? What your requirements for your does and ewes? Are your animal’s requirements different during different stages of their pregnancy? Come learn the basics of nutrition from Cornell University Small Ruminant Specialist - Dr.tatiana Stanton

Nov 12, Online: Technology Tuesday: PDMP 2019 Corn Silage Trials

This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals.

Nov 13, Online: Dairy Grazing Webinar: Understanding Pasture Forage Quality

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

Nov 14, Beaver Falls, PA: Marketing Grass-fed Milk and Meat

Join us at Concord United Methodist Church to learn about strategies and opportunities for marketing milk and meat produced from pasture-raised livestock. This workshop will include presentations and a panel discussion with speakers representing several local, grassroot marketing initiatives.

We’ll also walk the pastures at nearby Broadrun Farms—a sixth generation, 100-percent grass-fed, certified-organic dairy and beef farm. Broadrun farmers Kevin and Kelly Caldwell will lead the walk and discuss the farm’s fall pasture management strategy.

Nov 17, University Park, PA: Best Management Practices for Optimal Reproduction - Part 1

Best Management Practices for Optimal Reproduction will provide foundational knowledge about crucial factors including management, incidence of diseases, and nutrition, that negatively affect the reproductive performance of dairy cows, while integrating best management practices to monitor and control these risk factors and optimize reproductive performance.

Nov 20, Online: What You Need To Know About Starting a Value-Added Dairy Business

This webinar will provide an introduction to value-added dairy including products, production systems, basic equipment needs, food safety and regulatory considerations, assessing your market, and marketing your product.

Nov 25, Online: Dairy Management Mondays: Earning more milk quality premiums

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

December, 2019

Dec 2-3, Harrisburg, PA: Women in Dairy Conference

Hosted by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, and planned by a great committee of dairy producers and dairy industry leaders, the Women in Dairy Conference promises to be a strong learning and networking opportunity for women in the dairy industry. The 2019 conference will focus on coping with stress in a positive way. Keynote speaker Sadie Fredericks, of Blue Diamond Dairy, will kick off the conference. The keynote will be followed by some outstanding breakout sessions, and conclude with small group facilitation and discussion.

Dec 3, Preble, NY: Freestall Cow Comfort Workshop

The Cow Comfort Workshops are an educational program for farmers, employees and agriservice professionals who work directly with dairy cows. The workshops will cover economics of improving cow comfort, stall design and management, stocking density, heat abatement and effects on production. Two separate sessions will be held: one to focus on freestall cow comfort and one to focus on tie stall cow comfort. Each session will include an on-farm portion where attendees walk through facility assessment. Each Cow Comfort Workshop is a day-long program held from 9:30 am to 3 pm. The program will be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk-throughs and discussion.

Dec 4, Amsterdam, NY: Freestall Cow Comfort Workshop

The Cow Comfort Workshops are an educational program for farmers, employees and agriservice professionals who work directly with dairy cows. The workshops will cover economics of improving cow comfort, stall design and management, stocking density, heat abatement and effects on production. Two separate sessions will be held: one to focus on freestall cow comfort and one to focus on tie stall cow comfort. Each session will include an on-farm portion where attendees walk through facility assessment. Each Cow Comfort Workshop is a day-long program held from 9:30 am to 3 pm. The program will be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk-throughs and discussion.

Dec 10, Online: Technology Tuesday: Precision Feeding Technology

This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals.

Dec 10, Belleville, PA: Generation Next: Calf Workshop - Weaning through Pre-Bred Heifers

Optimizing growth and health of young heifers requires high quality feeds, proper diet formulation, disease prevention, and overall proper management techniques. Cows may not reach their full genetic potential for future productivity if proper feeding and management of calves and heifers are not met.

Dec 12, Cazenovia, NY: Tie Stall Cow Comfort

The Cow Comfort Workshops are an educational program for farmers, employees and agriservice professionals who work directly with dairy cows. The workshops will cover economics of improving cow comfort, stall design and management, stocking density, heat abatement and effects on production. Two separate sessions will be held: one to focus on freestall cow comfort and one to focus on tie stall cow comfort. Each session will include an on-farm portion where attendees walk through facility assessment. Each Cow Comfort Workshop is a day-long program held from 9:30 am to 3 pm. The program will be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk-throughs and discussion.

Dec 16, Online: Dairy Management Mondays: Mortality composting, let’s do it right

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

January, 2020

Jan 7, Ballson Spa, NY: Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop

Come join Ashley McFarland, Area Livestock Specialist with the Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, for a hands-on workshop focusing on management practices for livestock. She will be teaching participants the proper ways to administer vaccinations, ear tagging, ear notching, castration and proper restraint and safety while working with animals.

Jan 8, Cobleskill, NY: Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop

Come join Ashley McFarland, Area Livestock Specialist with the Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, for a hands-on workshop focusing on management practices for livestock. She will be teaching participants the proper ways to administer vaccinations, ear tagging, ear notching, castration and proper restraint and safety while working with animals.

Jan 9, Cooperstown, NY: Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop

Come join Ashley McFarland, Area Livestock Specialist with the Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, for a hands-on workshop focusing on management practices for livestock. She will be teaching participants the proper ways to administer vaccinations, ear tagging, ear notching, castration and proper restraint and safety while working with animals.

Jan 15-16, Fairlee, VT: Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Meeting

Preliminary information on our 2020 Annual Meeting.

Jan 17-18, Fairlee, VT: Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference

Jan 21, Quarryville, PA: Diversifying the Dairy: From Silvopasture to Market  Silvopasture is a form of agroforestry that combines trees, forage, and livestock to create an integrated and intensively managed grazing system. Because silvopasture can both sequester more carbon and help pastured livestock farmers withstand severe weather, the approach will likely become increasingly utilized as farmers work to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

During this workshop, you’ll explore how Fiddle Creek Dairy—a pastured livestock farm that produces 100-percent grass-fed milk, yogurt, and cheese—has been working with Austin Unruh from Crow and Berry Land Management this past season to develop silvopasture areas within their grazing paddocks. In addition to the environmental benefits, these tree plantings will offer more shade for the grazing herd, potentially produce more forage per acre, and eventually provide new potential products for Fiddle Creek to market.

You’ll also learn how, since its beginning, Fiddle Creek has been working to diversify its dairy product line in response to the available market and demand.

Jan 27, Online: Dairy Management Mondays: Facilitating dairy teams: Tips, tricks, and to dos

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

Jan 27, Cooperstown, NY: Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land

Jan 28, Norwich, NY: Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land

Jan 29, Morrisville, NY: Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land

Jan 30, Fonda, NY: Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land

February, 2020

Feb 4-5, Jackson, MS: Grazier’s Grassroots of Grazing School

Taught by Jim Gerrish, the editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer and the author of Management Intensive Grazing and Kick the Hay Habit

Feb 5-8, Lancaster, PA: PASA Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Each February since 1992, farmers, food system professionals, educators, advocates, homesteaders, and others who are passionate about building a better food system have gathered at our annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference for four days of intensive learning on 100+ food and farming topics.

Feb 6-7, Jackson, MS: Management-Intensive Grazing School

Jim Gerrish will sharpen your grazier skills and show you the what and the how in making your grass farm productive and profitable.

Feb 12, Online: Dairy Grazing Webinar: Pasture Forage Mixtures: Agronomic Aspects

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

Feb 19, Dauphin County, PA, and satellite locations: 2020 Pennsylvania Forage Conference

Details forthcoming.

Feb 24, Online: Dairy Management Mondays: Considerations for on-farm processing

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

March, 2020

Mar 11, Online: Dairy Grazing Webinar: Pasture Forage Mixtures: Livestock Aspects

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

Mar 23, Online: Dairy Management Mondays: Workforce Focus: Managing with multiple generations

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

April, 2020

Apr 27, Online: Dairy Management Mondays: Management aspects of culturing

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

December, 2020

Dec 1-4, 2020, Christchurch New Zealand: International Workshop: Grazing in Future Multi-Scapes

This international workshop is to influence future mental and practical models of pastoralism in continually evolving multi-scapes. There are a series of talks that will cultivate such a shift in thinking towards future models of sustainable multipurpose pastoralism. These talks will be synthesized to establish how multifunctional pastoral systems can be re-imagined and then designed in view of the integrative dynamics of sustainable future multi-scapes.


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