The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to Navigating Stress and Mental Health Challenges

Join NMPF’s National Young Cooperators Program and the National Dairy FARM Program for a joint webinar addressing mental health in agriculture. The hour-long session will cover practical strategies for managing stress, offering actionable techniques tailored to the unique demands of dairy farming. Available resources and support will also be highlighted.

 

This session is open to dairy farmers, including FARM Program participants, cooperative staff, associate members affiliated with NMPF, and other individuals interested in the topic. NMPF reserves the right to prioritize participation for members and FARM Program participants.

Industry Event: Dairy Cattle Welfare Council Webinar – Lameness Prevention and Management to Improve Welfare

Join the Dairy Cattle Welfare Council for an informative and interactive town-hall webinar focused on advancing dairy cow welfare through lameness prevention and management strategies. Led by renowned expert Dr. Jan Shearer from Iowa State University, this session promises invaluable insights into optimizing cow health and comfort within your dairy operation.

Throughout the webinar, participants will delve into the multifaceted aspects of dairy cow lameness, exploring its causes, impacts, and practical solutions. Dr. Shearer’s wealth of experience and expertise in this field will guide discussions on proactive measures to prevent lameness, ranging from proper hoof care protocols to facility design considerations.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage directly with Dr. Shearer during a dedicated Q&A session, where they can seek advice and clarification on specific challenges encountered in their dairy operations.

Whether you’re a dairy producer, farm manager, veterinarian, or industry professional, this webinar offers invaluable insights and practical strategies to enhance dairy cow welfare, optimize herd productivity, and promote sustainable farming practices. Don’t miss this opportunity to join Dr. Shearer and fellow stakeholders in advancing the well-being of dairy cows through proactive lameness prevention and management.

Register here: https://fass-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/7417147494519/WN_KMfznrG9QlaNhltdwJhBiQ#/registration

 

 

Note: This “Industry Event” is not hosted by the National Dairy FARM Program and inclusion on this events calendar does not necessarily mean the event has an official FARM Program endorsement.

Industry Event: Cornell CALS webinar

Reducing GHG emissions from your dairy: Funding programs and energy efficiency opportunities

In support of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and other policy goals, NYS is providing funds to cost share practices to reduce GHG emissions from dairy farms. This session will be divided between Ag and Markets funding programs (Albrecht) and NYSERDA’s ag energy audit program and related energy efficiency and renewable energy funding through USDA programs (Ray).

 

Presenters

  • Greg Albrecht, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Lauren Ray, Dairy Environmental Systems, PRO-DAIRY

 

Register: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6yDmfYHFRpCmT0ZlLL-h4A#/registration

 

 

 

Note: This “Industry Event” is not hosted by the National Dairy FARM Program and inclusion on this events calendar does not necessarily mean the event has an official FARM Program endorsement.

Industry Event: Cornell CALS webinar

Quantifying nutrient balances and GHG emissions from your dairy

 

The Nutrient Management Spear Program has worked with around 40 NYS dairy farms to develop whole farm nutrient mass balances (NMBs) using the Cornell NMB calculator and GHG footprint estimate using Cool Farm Tool.  The team will:

  1. Show how with a limited amount of farm data both nutrient and GHG footprints can be determined
  2. Share preliminary findings from this work
  3. Provide information inviting additional dairy farms to join the project

 

Presenters

  • Olivia Godber, Nutrient Management Spear Program
  • Quirine Ketterings, Nutrient Management Spear Program

 

Register for the webinar: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hb-KayMdTICy2Pp5-cFDmA#/registration

Industry Event: Practical Strategies for Successful Social Housing of Dairy Calves (DCWC Webinar)

The one-hour, live online educational sessions hosted by the Dairy Cattle Welfare Council (DCWC) are available to attendees around the world. These live webinars are free of charge for all, but you must register to attend. Recordings are available to active members of the DCWC (closed captioning available in Spanish, French, and more).

Webinar: Let’s put our heads together: Practical Strategies for Successful Social Housing of Dairy Calves

In the United States and elsewhere, the industry standard practice is individual housing of dairy heifer calves. However, scientific evidence has been building on a range of potential benefits for social housing – that is, raising calves in pairs or groups. Interest in social housing is growing, and according to the 2023 DCWC survey, the top-ranked webinar topic related to dairy calves was individual versus social calf housing strategies. Drs. Van Os and Cantor will jointly present an interactive webinar session in which we will briefly review the literature on the welfare and developmental outcomes of social versus individual calf housing. Then, we will discuss common challenges to practical implementation of pair or group housing, as well as potential solutions. Participants will engage with case study examples to evaluate farms’ readiness to adapt social housing and review management strategies for successful calf health and behavioral outcomes.

By: Dr. Jennifer Van Os – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Facilitator Co-Speaker: Dr. Melissa Cantor – Pennsylvania State University

 

Note: This “Industry Event” is not hosted by the National Dairy FARM Program and inclusion on this events calendar does not necessarily mean the event has an official FARM Program endorsement.

 

 

CCQA Instructor Training

CCQA is a quality assurance certification program that was built to unite calf raisers around key management practices that ensures consumers all cattle raised at a calf raising facility are healthy and well cared for and the products they generate are wholesome and safe. Components of the program include Calf Health, Animal Handling and Stockmanship, Management and Care, Employee Training, Continuing Education, and Emergency Preparedness. CCQA is recognized certification through Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM), Veal Quality Assurance (VQA), and Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA). The goal of a Train the Trainer session is to prepare and certify industry leaders in the techniques and instruction of the program. Once certified, you will gain access to the CCQA Hub that houses all the materials they will need. Following access to the hub, you can then host on-farm training events to assist in employee training and certification.

 

SAVE THE DATE:

This session will be held Tuesday, February 6, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Wyndham Lancaster Resort and Convention Center (2300 Lincoln Highway East, LANCASTER, PA, US) This event is hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in conjunction with the PA Dairy Summit. Potential opportunity to off-set some travel expense. Please inquire about your interest today!

 

To RSVP please click here.

Industry Event: Agricultural Safety Conference

Fox Valley Technical College’s Agricultural Safety Conference will be held in-person at the Appleton Campus (1825 N. Bluemound Drive Appleton, WI 54912) on December 6, 2023. Visit their website for more information and to register.

Note: This event is not hosted by the National Dairy FARM Program and inclusion on this events calendar is not an official FARM Program endorsement.

Industry Event: Stockmanship & Stewardship Tour

Stockmanship and Stewardship is a unique two-day educational experience featuring low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance educational sessions, facility design sessions to best run your operation and industry updates you won’t find anywhere else. Learn from stockmanship experts Curt Pate and Ron Gill and get BQA certified.

 

Note: This event is not hosted by the National Dairy FARM Program and inclusion on this events calendar is not an official FARM Program endorsement.

World Dairy Expo Lunch & Learn hosted by FARM, Zoetis & Alltech

Dairy farmers and managers, along with their veterinarian, nutritionist and employee management teams, are invited to join Alltech Inc., Zoetis Animal Health and the National Dairy FARM Program for this lunch session. FARM staff will provide an overview of program priorities and answer questions. Jorge Delgado, Alltech, and other subject matter experts will cover employee management topics, including overcoming cultural and communication barriers and improving employee retention.

If interested in attending, email dairyfarm@nmpf.org for more information.