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Embracing Change in Organic Dairy
17th Annual NODPA Field Days:
September 28 & 29, 2017

Truxton Community Center, Truxton, NY

ONLINE REGISTRATION | PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM

SCHEDULE | BROCHURE | SPONSOR PACKET

 

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

8:00 – Noon Registration and Trade Show Truxton Community Center, 6337 Academy Street, Truxton, NY 13158

(REGISTRATION CONTINUES THROUGH LUNCH AND
CAN BE DONE AFTER THE CASEY FARMS TOUR)

9:00 – 11:30 Pre-Field Days Farm Tour of Casey Farms, 1136 Berry Road, Apulia Station, NY 13020. Bill and Joanne Casey will give a tour of their organic dairy and Pick-Your-Own Berry enterprise. This is an optional tour. Participants can go directly to the farm and register after the tour.

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch and Registration

1:00 – 3:00 Soil Fertility and Climate Change: How building up soil fertility creates resilience on your farm when growing conditions are unstable. Neal Kinsey, owner, Kinsey Agricultural Services, will provide education and share his experience so you can create and maintain the most fertile soil for your pastures and crops.

3:00 – 3:15 Milk Break

3:30 – 4:30 Shifting Weather Patterns: Opportunities and Challenges for Dairy and Crop Production in the Age of Climate Change. Dr. David Wolfe, Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology and Chair of the Climate Change Consortium, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University, whose professional focus is on the impact of climate change on agriculture, will focus on recent sifts in weather patterns and offer practical strategies to help farmers adapt to them.

4:30 – 5:30 Social Hour and Trade Show, and NY Grazing Coalition Pasture Soil Health Trailer Tours. Fay Benson, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Small Dairy Extension Specialist will lead tours and answer questions about this educational resource.

5:30 – 7:00 Banquet Dinner and NODPA Annual Meeting, Liz Bawden, NODPA President, and Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director.

7:00 – 9:00 Keynote Presentation: CowSignals, Jack Rodenburg, Certified CowSignals Trainer and founder, Dairy Logix, Ontario, Canada, will lead an interactive event that will be fun and educational while providing you with the tools to help you improve cow management and housing by observing and analyzing cow behavior.

9:00 pm Meeting Ends

Friday, September 29th, 2017

6:30 – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast, Truxton Community Center

7:00 – 9:00 Producer-Only Meeting Facilitated by Henry Perkins, Maine Organic Milk Producers president and past NODPA president, with discussion on pay price, milk supply and much, much more.

9:00 – 10:30 Adopting New Technology and/or Management Systems on the Farm: How to make well informed and financially sound decisions about major farm management changes. Sarah Flack, consultant and educator, will walk everyone through the process for decision making around change. She will also address whether a robotic milking system is compatible with your grazing system, and how to assess whether your farm is suitable to convert to an all-grass based system.

10:30 – 12:00 Functional Barn Design: Strategies for Assessing Your Barn for Cow Comfort and Labor Efficiency, Jack Rodenburg, Dairy Logix, Ontario, Canada, international consultant on barn design and CowSignals Trainer, will address freestall barn design for cow comfort and labor efficiency; system design and management for robotic milking, and calf barn design incorporating the best in ventilation, and more.

Twin Oaks Dairy Farm Tour Overview. Kathie and Kirk Arnold will give an overview of their farm and new barn construction. Kathie and Jack Rodenburg worked together on designing the Arnold’s new barn, and they will share their observations from that process. In addition, Kathie will discuss the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program (DGA) and her experience as a Master Dairy Grazier. Fay Benson, the NY DGA Program Director will be on hand to offer DGA program updates and answer questions.

Noon – 1:15 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Twin Oaks Dairy Farm Tour, 3185 NY-13, Truxton, NY 13158 Kathie and Kirk Arnold, owner-operators, will lead a tour of their farm and Jack Rodenburg will be on hand to show how the Arnold’s designed their new barn with cow comfort and labor efficiencies clearly in mind.