COVID-19 Management Resources
Dairy Responding to COVID-19
A Limited Podcast Series
Hosted by Rob Lynch, DVM, Dairy Herd Health and Management Specialist, PRO-DAIRY, and Kathy Barrett, Dairy Education, PRO-DAIRY, with interviews of key dairy industry professionals.
- EPISODE 1 includes an interview with: Mark Stevenson, Vice President, Milk Division, Cayuga Marketing.
- EPISODE 2 includes interviews with: Scott Lyndaker, General Manager, Mercer Milling Company and David Horn, DVM, Nutrition Consultant, Poulin Grain.
- EPISODE 3 includes interviews with: Meghan Hauser, Dairy Farm Co-Owner, Table Rock Farms, and Corwin Holtz, Owner, Holtz Nelson Dairy Consultants.
- EPISODE 4 includes interviews with: Rick Watters, Regional Director of Quality Milk Production Services, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Allen Fournier, DVM Large Animal Veterinarian, Co-Owner of Maplewood Veterinary Associates, P. C.
- EPISODE 5 includes interviews with: Bob Church, General Manager of Finger Lakes Dairy Services, tells us about how his business is keeping milking equipment up and running. Steve Zehr, Premier Select Sires, gives us insight on how he and his technicians are providing reproductive services during COVID-19. Charles Biche, Biche Hoof Care, continues to care for his customers cows while keeping cows and people safe.
- EPISODE 6 includes interviews with: Andrew M. Novaković, PhD, E.V. Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics Emeritus, and Christopher Wolf, PhD, Professor, Applied Economics and Policy, both from the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, SC Johnson College of Business, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. They discuss the current challenges in the milk supply chain, the declining milk price forecast and policy issues.
- EPISODE 7 features: Joe Lawrence, Forage Management Specialist, Cornell University PRO-DAIRY Program. He discusses field crop management strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- EPISODE 8 features: Dr. Tom Overton, Faculty Cornell University, Director PRO-DAIRY. He describes how to safely reduce milk your cow's milk production without sacrificing future milk production. He also shares considerations for feeding milk to cows.
Managing During COVID-19 Publication Series
- Novel Coronavirus Prevention and Control for Farms
- Diet and Management Considerations for Emergencies: Reducing Milk Flow Without Harming Cows and Threatening Future Production
- Feeding Milk to Cows
- Understanding Your Break-Even Cost of Production
- Do’s and Don’ts for Dairy Farmers When Facing Financial Difficulty
- Herd Health Management Do’s and Don’ts for Dairy Farmers When Facing Financial Difficulty During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Spring Field Planning 2020 - Contingency Planning
- Ten Key Herd Management Opportunities on Dairy Farms During Low Margin Times
- Feeding Strategies During Challenging Times
Reliable Resources for Spanish & English-Speaking Farmworkers about COVID-19
By Libby Eiholzer, CCE Northwest NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, and Richard Stup, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development
We’ve prepared a new resource to help Spanish- and English-speaking farm employees access credible, multi-lingual information about COVID-19 that they can use right away. The document appears in English and Spanish and the content is the same, we will keep both documents up to date during the present COVID-19 crisis.
- COVID-19 Reliable Resources for Farmworkers – Spanish
- COVID-19 Reliable Resources for Farmworkers – English
- COVID-19 Video in Spanish
Thanks to Lisa Ford of Cayuga Marketing and Anna Meyerhoff of NYCAMH for their input on this new resource.
COVID-19 Planning Related Webinars
Click the webinar title to access the recorded presentation.
Disruption to Key Personnel on the Farm: Developing Contingency Plans
Presenters: Richard Stup, PhD, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development, and Jason Karszes, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
On many farms, multiple people might be able to do, or train others on, many day-to-day tasks, but fewer can take care of management tasks that occur daily, weekly, or monthly. This webinar focuses on developing plans to backup people who perform key management tasks, from middle to senior management roles, if they are unable to work.
COVID-19 and Your Dairy Webinar
Presenter: Richard Stup, PhD, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development, and Rob Lynch, DVM, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
Webinar Presentation Slides
This webinar discusses steps that dairy managers should consider to protect their workforce, their business and their markets. Topics include: 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.
View the following Cornell CALS and CCE web pages. (Pages are updated regularly.)
- New York Farm Net: Guides through periods of transition, opportunity or challenge by providing free, confidential, on-farm consulting. Farm Net also has a Stress on Farm Families fact sheet.
- Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development: regulations updates, COVID-19 prevention and control for farms resources, including fact sheets, posters, and travel to work template letters.
- New York Disaster Education Network: general questions and links.
- Institute for Food Safety at Cornell: food production, processing and safety questions.
- Cornell Small Farms: Resiliency resources.
Other COVID-19 Specific Webpages:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Milk Producers Federation
- New York Farm Bureau
- New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
- World Health Organization
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking
- NY Department of Health Coronavirus
New Releases and Alerts
- Adding Milk to Manure Storage (3/31/20)
- NYSDEC - Division of Water has not provided relief from SPDES permit and regulatory requirements (3/26/20)
- Travel-to-Work Templates and Explanation Letters
- Ag & Markets Guidance and Resources for the Ag Community (3/26/20)
- Ag & Markets Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations (3/22/20)
- American Association of Bovine Practitioners Resources for Cattle Veterinarians Regarding the COVID-19 Outbreak