The Manager is a 16-page insert published in Progressive Dairy three times a year. Through a useful combination of research updates, on-farm practices, economic analysis, how-to’s and action steps on every aspect of managing a dairy business, PRO-DAIRY uses The Manager to strengthen New York’s dairy industry and as a key method for PRO-DAIRY staff to share their expertise statewide.
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A number of livestock producers are reporting short hay inventories coming into the spring and, while the warmth of the sun has us optimistic that winter will soon be behind us, the 2021 crop season is still a ways off. Strategies to deal with potential forage shortages started last fall with farms reducing animal numbers, extending grazing as long into the fall as possible, and planting winter cereal grains for spring forage. But what about additional strategies for this spring?
Hydrogen Sulfide is a well-documented and extremely dangerous gas that can be found in manure storages and is a byproduct of bacterial breakdown of organic compounds inside a manure storage. It is heavier than air and can concentrate low to the ground or in confined spaces. Any extra source of sulfur on farm has the potential to increase hydrogen sulfide gas production once it reaches the manure storage. Farms that use gypsum based bedding and anti-slip agents have increased risk of hydrogen sulfide gas production.
An incident occurred on a gypsum-using farm in the Finger Lakes region in late fall 2020. A dairy farmer was flushing out gravity flow gutters inside the barn, using recycled manure from the storage. The farm owner was holding the hose at the top end of the gutters while two small children were playing at the bottom end of the gravity gutters, where hydrogen sulfide gas was concentrating. One of the children told their father her friend was sleeping and wouldn’t wake up. The farm owner quickly realized the danger of the situation and picked up the limp child to take her to fresh air. Luckily the child revived and is well, so a good ending to what was very close to a lethal situation.
Dairy Environmental Systems issues fact sheets
For those thinking about exploring advanced manure treatment, a four-part fact sheet series is available:
- Part 1 – Overview
- Part 2 – Phosphorus recovery technologies
- Part 3 – Nitrogen recovery technologies
- Part 4 – Energy extraction
A fact sheet describing basic manure characteristics, including composition and phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium characteristics, has also been posted.
A new case study is available that describes the persistence and decay of antibiotic residuals and antibiotic resistance genes through a dairy manure treatment system consisting of a solid-liquid separator and a rotary drum composter/BRU (bedding recovery unit).
December 15, 2020
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy set new environmental stewardship goals to move dairy farmers and the dairy industry towards sustainability, with target stewardship goals for 2050 and a promise to measure progress every five years. One of the goals is to reduce the carbon footprint of dairy products to become carbon neutral or better over the whole dairy food chain from farm to consumer.
October 22, 2020
PRO-DAIRY Dairy Environmental Systems has produced a fact sheet series that summarizes the options for monetizing electricity produced by farm-based anaerobic digester (AD) systems in New York. The series walks through the current New York State electricity generation tariffs that apply to manure and co-digestion AD systems, both new and existing, compares the value of each and identifies the eligibility guidelines.
Thinking about topdressing alfalfa? Some things you should know: 2020 may be a good year to economize
May 29, 2020
With hay now being harvested, farmers are turning to topdress decisions. Looking back at research conducted at the Cornell Musgrave Research Farm, alfalfa growing on silt loam soils with regular manure application during corn years prior to alfalfa seeding did not respond to topdress potassium.
April 16, 2020
Significant quantities of surplus milk from NY’s dairy industry may have to be land applied in the coming weeks due to unprecedented market disruptions created by the COVID-19 emergency. Milk has fertilizer value and crop farms may be able to take advantage of surplus milk for a portion of crop fertilization needs, especially if located near one or more dairies.
April 10, 2020
Given the current market disruptions created by the COVID-19 emergency, farms may continue to play important roles in the safe, agronomic, and environmentally sound recycling of surplus milk.
Processors and Farmers: These are unprecedented times and we should be aware of a range of possibilities, including changes in milk demand
March 31, 2020
While we hope that milk demand remains strong, should the situation change resulting in a surplus, farmers and handlers should review the items below to make sure surplus milk is managed appropriately.
NYSDEC – Division of Water has not provided any general relief from SPDES permit and regulatory requirements
March 26, 2020
Permittees need to continue to strive for permit and regulatory compliance.
March 23, 2020
Interim guidance for animal care operations release from New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets on March 22, 2020.
COVID-19 and Your Dairy webinar: Steps that dairy managers should consider to protect their workforce, their business and their markets
March 18, 2020
This webinar was led by Richard Stup, Ph.D., Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development, and Rob Lynch, D.V.M., Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY. It covered: Why prevention of the coronavirus/COVID-19 is important, steps that employers should take to protect employees, animal health considerations, what to do if service providers are not available, disaster contingency plans, cross-training of employees who can fill other roles, business resources for employers, and pending federal and state legislation related to coronavirus and employees.
March 13, 2020
Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development has tips for employers regarding novel coronavirus prevention and control on farms.
- PD-2-21-03-01. Short on hay? - Joe Lawrence and Kitty O'Neil.
- PD-2021-03-01. Close call on Finger Lakes dairy farm is a reminder of hydrogen sulfide gas concerns around manure storages
- PD-2020-09-01. Factors Associated with Variations in Earnings Comparison of Selected Measures and Costs by Quartile of Earnings 155 Dairy Farms, New York State - Jason Karszes.
- PD-2020-08-04. Fact Sheet 4: Industry snapshot - Joe Lawrence and Allison Kerwin.
- PD-2020-08-03. Fact Sheet 3: Impacts of fermentation - Joe Lawrence and Allison Kerwin.
- PD-2020-08-02. Fact Sheet 2. Effect of corn plant characteristics on corn silage processing scores - Joe Lawrence and Allison Kerwin.
- PD-2020-08-01. Fact Sheet 1: Corn silage kernel processing. Joe Lawrence and Allison Kerwin.
- PD-2020-05-02. Thinking about topdressing alfalfa? Some things you should know: 2020 may be a good year to economize. Karl Czymmek, Joe Lawrence and Quirine Ketterings.
- PD-2020-05-01. Disruption to Key Management Personnel on the Farm. Developing Contingency Plans. Jason Karszes and Richard Stup.
- PD-2019-05-01. Using the Optical Refractometer to Manage Calf Health. Robert A. Lynch, DVM.
- PD-2019-50-02. Using the Digital Refractometer to Manage Calf Health. Robert A. Lynch, DVM.
- PD-2019-06-01. Late planted corn for silage and GDD accumulation. Joe Lawrence.
- PD-2019-06-02. Late Spring: Forage considerations beyond corn. Joe Lawrence.