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New York veterinarian will keynote organic dairy meeting

GENEVA, N.Y. – One way to improve cow health and lower production costs is by increasing the forage dairy cows consume. It takes a system approach to achieve this, says Tom Kilcer of Advanced Ag Systems.

At the March 11 New York Certified Organic meeting in Geneva, he will offer to help farmers review their planting, harvesting and feeding systems to achieve better forage and more profitable dairy production.

Kilcer will make his presentation in person at 10 a.m. at the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station Jordan Hall auditorium in Geneva, and the program will be simulcast to the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties.

Kilcer will share the latest research on using wide swath haylage harvesting to capture plant nutrients to support dairy cow nutrition. The end goal of using the harvesting technique to produce high quality forage cover crops is to enhance milk production.

Kilcer received two New York Farm Viability Institute grants to evaluate the use of wide swath harvesting to help New York dairies and to reduce weather-related forage crop losses.

Kilcer, with 34 years of experience as a Cornell Cooperative Extension field crops and soils educator, will also share information on rapid dry-down methods for harvesting red clover for dairy cows in his March 11 presentation.

There is no cost to attend the meeting. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch. For more information, contact NYCO facilitator A. Fay Benson with Cornell Cooperative Extension Cortland County, 607-753-5213, afb3@cornell.edu.