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This week, the USDA announced that it will issue a second round of payments through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assis...
01/27/2023
USDA Announces Additional Assistance for Dairy Farmers

This week, the USDA announced that it will issue a second round of payments through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program (PMVAP) to use the final $100 million of $350 million in original funding. They have also created a program that helps provide better assistance to organic dairy farmers that experienced monetary losses during the pandemic. This second round of payments will enable USDA to better support small- and medium-sized dairy operations who weathered the pandemic and now face other challenges.

The USDA has not announced the exact timeline, so we'll continue to share updates as soon as they are announced.

WASHINGTON, January 23, 2023 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the details of additional assistance for dairy producers, including a second round of payments through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program (PMVAP) and a new Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Pro...

If you haven't signed up already, we hope you'll join us for the FREE Dairy Innovation Forum on Tuesday, February 7 from...
01/27/2023
2023 PA Dairy Innovation Forum – Engaging in Export Opportunities | Center for Dairy Excellence

If you haven't signed up already, we hope you'll join us for the FREE Dairy Innovation Forum on Tuesday, February 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in State College. Titled “Engaging in Export Opportunities,” the event helps kick off the 2023 PA Dairy Summit. You’ll learn about export opportunities for Pennsylvania dairy products and the potential to grow our market share through moving product overseas.

The event is free thanks to support from the PA Preferred program, but you must pre-register. 👇 Sign up here!

The Center for Dairy Excellence assists dairy farm families in the decision-making process and serves as a catalyst for collaboration to strengthen the broader industry. The Dairy Excellence Foundation supports programs that cultivate and inspire that next generation of Pennsylvania dairy.

🎙️ Making the decision to invest in new technology like a robotic milking system or a compost barn can be exciting, but ...
01/26/2023

🎙️ Making the decision to invest in new technology like a robotic milking system or a compost barn can be exciting, but it often comes with a learning curve and new maintenance requirements. In our new episode of Cow-Side Conversations, Phoebe Bitler of Vista Grande Farms in Berks County shares both the benefits and learning curves they have experienced with their robotic milking system and compost barn. Enhanced cow comfort, soil health, and efficiency were a few of the benefits, while bedding costs, weather-related factors and maintenance responsibilities were all part of the learning curve. She also offers her perspective on the five key elements to calf care and how to remove stressors for the youngest members of the herd. Phoebe also discusses transition planning and forging mutual respect between each generation.

🎙️ Podcast Highlight: “We knew it would require daily maintenance. We use a smaller rototiller in the morning before the first side gets fed. We also have a bigger tiller that digs much deeper. That’s a very important piece of the maintenance – you need to get the compost turned under enough to get it heated up enough to kill all the bugs. That’s what will lead to mastitis and somatic cell problems. You want the compost to be nice and dry. If the bedding is sticking to the animal, it’s not being maintained properly.”

🎙️ LISTEN NOW: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/podcast

❄️ If you're inside over lunch because of the snow, join us for a great discussion on dairy markets starting at 12 p.m.!...
01/25/2023
2023 Dairy Market Outlook: Where Are We Headed? – “Protecting Your Profits” January Webinar | Center for Dairy Excellence

❄️ If you're inside over lunch because of the snow, join us for a great discussion on dairy markets starting at 12 p.m.!

HOW TO JOIN:
Visit www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/JanuaryPYP today (January 25) at 12 p.m. to launch the webinar. We'll also be live streaming it here on Facebook.

Individuals who would prefer to connect via conference call can dial the following number at noon:

Dial: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 848 3416 1708
Passcode: 474057

The Center for Dairy Excellence assists dairy farm families in the decision-making process and serves as a catalyst for collaboration to strengthen the broader industry. The Dairy Excellence Foundation supports programs that cultivate and inspire that next generation of Pennsylvania dairy.

We're hosting a special edition of our monthly “Protecting Your Profits” webinar THIS Wednesday, January 25 from 12-1 p....
01/23/2023
2023 Dairy Market Outlook: Where Are We Headed? – “Protecting Your Profits” January Webinar | Center for Dairy Excellence

We're hosting a special edition of our monthly “Protecting Your Profits” webinar THIS Wednesday, January 25 from 12-1 p.m. The free webinar will feature Rob Goodling, agricultural business consultant with Horizon Farm Credit, who will provide an overview of dairy markets in 2022 and his thoughts on the market outlook heading into 2023.

Want to receive a simple reminder the morning of the webinar? Consider signing up for text alerts. Text “Sign up” to 717-585-0766.

👇 Get connection details!

The Center for Dairy Excellence assists dairy farm families in the decision-making process and serves as a catalyst for collaboration to strengthen the broader industry. The Dairy Excellence Foundation supports programs that cultivate and inspire that next generation of Pennsylvania dairy.

Whenever something goes wrong on the farm, we often find ourselves reciting the words, “If Only,” as we look back on the...
01/20/2023
A Resolution to Write It Down | Center for Dairy Excellence

Whenever something goes wrong on the farm, we often find ourselves reciting the words, “If Only,” as we look back on the situation. “If only I let that fresh cow in the box pen one more night.” “If only I made sure that calf had colostrum within the first four hours.” “If only I reminded the morning milker to make sure she is stripping quarters and checking for mastitis.”

A protocol is something defined as a procedure that must be followed to ensure things are done properly and thoroughly each time they are done. On many small dairy farms and even some larger ones, we carry our protocols in our heads. We know inherently what to do in a specific situation to make sure the animal receives the care she needs. Unfortunately, though, having them written down and posted somewhere everyone can access them is where we fall short.

👇 In our monthly Center Focus Column, Jayne Sebright shares some simple guidelines for writing and posting protocols on your farm.

The Center for Dairy Excellence assists dairy farm families in the decision-making process and serves as a catalyst for collaboration to strengthen the broader industry. The Dairy Excellence Foundation supports programs that cultivate and inspire that next generation of Pennsylvania dairy.

This is a great list, especially because our Executive Director, Jayne Sebright, is on it! Thanks to her passion and lea...
01/20/2023
Meet the influential people in dairy

This is a great list, especially because our Executive Director, Jayne Sebright, is on it! Thanks to her passion and leadership, we’re able to support the dairy industry and provide resources to Pennsylvania dairy farmers every day.

In the social media world, “influencer” has become a term used to describe someone who can sway a target audience, often measured by the number of their “followers.” We took a broader, perhaps “old-school” approach, seeking individuals who personally shape, engage, motivate and inspire o...

Brett Reinford from Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, PA is featured in this Forbes article that discusses the recycling of...
01/18/2023
Food Waste Kept Out Of Landfills And Turned Into Electricity At Family Farms

Brett Reinford from Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, PA is featured in this Forbes article that discusses the recycling of food waste in their on-farm digester. They process enough food and manure waste to create enough energy for about 600 homes in their community!

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration says up to 40% of the food supply is wasted; food is the single largest category of material placed in municipal landfills.

DAIRY JOB OPPORTUNITY: Crop and Field Manager (Full-Time)Yippee! Farms in Lancaster County, PA is hiring a Crop and Fiel...
01/17/2023

DAIRY JOB OPPORTUNITY: Crop and Field Manager (Full-Time)

Yippee! Farms in Lancaster County, PA is hiring a Crop and Field Manager. This individual is responsible for maintaining and repairing all farm equipment, managing planting, harvesting, manure hauling, and soil testing. They are looking for a forward, independent thinker with excellent communication skills for managing and working with others.

➡️ Learn more and share with someone you know: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/dairy-job-opportunities

The Lancaster County Cattle Feeders Day is happening next Tuesday, January 24! The event provides annual updates on curr...
01/16/2023

The Lancaster County Cattle Feeders Day is happening next Tuesday, January 24! The event provides annual updates on current educational information to Pennsylvania feedlot producers. You'll learn:

✔️ How to better understand market and political actions that may affect your beef operation in the coming year
✔️ How to make better decisions on feeding beef on dairy crosses if you utilize these in your operation
✔️ Why biosecurity plans may be necessary for any indemnity payments due to a foreign animal disease and the importance of having a plan for your feedlot

Register here: https://extension.psu.edu/cattle-feeders-day

We can’t control milk prices, Mother Nature, feed prices and many other elements of the dairy business. However, you can...
01/13/2023
How is stress management part of your 2023 business plan?

We can’t control milk prices, Mother Nature, feed prices and many other elements of the dairy business. However, you can take action to manage your cortisol levels – just like you address cow comfort. Stress is what it is. The key is releasing cortisol from your body so you’re not suffering the consequences of chronic stress.

Find out how you can integrate stress management tactics into your dairy's business plan.

It’s no surprise that farmers’ behavioral health is positively correlated with crop production and healthy animals. But what happens when milk prices crash, there’s a drought, feed prices go sky high and you can’t find good employees? Stress.

Happy National Milk Day! If you haven’t been following along with the Calving Corner this week, a special thank you to t...
01/11/2023

Happy National Milk Day! If you haven’t been following along with the Calving Corner this week, a special thank you to the four dairy farm families and interns who are spending their week talking to consumers.

01/10/2023

Even though we're in the heart of winter and you might not be doing fieldwork or working with as much machinery, electrical accidents are all too common on the farm. Working with electrical equipment and boxes can pose various dangers, especially if there are missing shields. Stray voltage can also be an issue for both you and your animals.

In this new "Seconds for Your Safety" video, learn quick tips on how to be safe around electrical boxes.

We hope to see you at the PA Dairy Summit on February 8-9 in State College! Several dairy producers from Pennsylvania an...
01/09/2023

We hope to see you at the PA Dairy Summit on February 8-9 in State College! Several dairy producers from Pennsylvania and New York will lead panel discussions and breakout sessions on real-time topics focused on farm finances, herd management, diversification and more.

Registration costs are steeply discounted for dairy producers from ANY state! Register today: www.padairysummit.org

Thinking about getting started as a dairy farmer? Individuals who are considering getting started in this field often ha...
01/06/2023

Thinking about getting started as a dairy farmer? Individuals who are considering getting started in this field often have a few questions: What kind of initial investment do I need? Will I get a return on that investment? Will I enjoy working long hours with relatively few days off? This 11-step guide was created to help you answer these questions and find the next steps forward.

No matter what your path might look like — whether your family is helping you get your start or you are beginning from scratch — this guide provides 11 starting points and links to industry resources that should help you eventually own and manage your own herd of dairy cows.

📖 View the guide and share with someone you know: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/getting-started

“Through many years of working with dairy farmers, I’ve come to admire their dedication to their cows, to the industry a...
01/05/2023
Stories for a cause: Retired dairy veterinarian publishes memoir | Ag Proud

“Through many years of working with dairy farmers, I’ve come to admire their dedication to their cows, to the industry and to their families. I admire how hard they work at it. In today’s world, you have to be sharp to manage a successful dairy farm. It’s not an easy business. They are very sharp managers, good business people, but overwhelmingly, they are also just good people. I’ve been treated very well by the dairy farmers I’ve interacted with during my career.”

👇 Take a look inside Dr. Charlie Gardner's new book, and see how it's helping the next generation of dairy!

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Encourage a college student you know to apply for the Young Dairy Professionals Scholarship by January 16! The scholarsh...
01/04/2023

Encourage a college student you know to apply for the Young Dairy Professionals Scholarship by January 16! The scholarship allows them to attend the PA Dairy Summit in State College in February.

As part of the Young Dairy Professionals experience, they will also join us at a special reception on Tuesday, February 7 and hear from these three young dairy professionals. They each completed the On-Farm Internship program during their college years and now have meaningful, full-time careers serving the dairy industry. They will share fresh, real-world perspective about careers in herd management, animal nutrition and beyond.

➡️ Visit www.padairysummit.org and click on "Young Professionals" on the top right to apply today!

Dealing with a standalone year of high fertilizer prices means one thing when trying to balance costs with soil health a...
01/03/2023
Skimping on fertilizer could cost yields

Dealing with a standalone year of high fertilizer prices means one thing when trying to balance costs with soil health and fertility. But what if we are preparing for another year of expensive fertilizer? As you make your crop plans for 2023, learn how to account for any nutrient changes you made this past year and determine if they would have repercussions moving into next year.

Dealing with a standalone year of high fertilizer prices means one thing when trying to balance costs with soil health and fertility. Following that up with another year of expensive fertilizer means,Hoard's Dairyman Intel

Happy New Year! We don't know what 2023 will bring, but the Center for Dairy Excellence is here to help you continue mov...
01/01/2023

Happy New Year! We don't know what 2023 will bring, but the Center for Dairy Excellence is here to help you continue moving forward this year.

Are you joining us at the PA Dairy Summit this February? We recently announced the keynote speakers for this year's even...
12/29/2022

Are you joining us at the PA Dairy Summit this February? We recently announced the keynote speakers for this year's event! Our featured speakers will lead five dynamic keynote sessions on real-time industry issues, including farm succession and family dynamics, what dairy can learn from the avian influenza pandemic, diversifying the family farm, change management, and multi-generational family businesses.

Learn more: http://ow.ly/ur8e50M5E5b

Share with a college student you know!
12/28/2022

Share with a college student you know!

If you know a college student on winter break right now, encourage them to apply for the Young Dairy Professionals Scholarship to attend the PA Dairy Summit in February! The application process is quick and straightforward, and applications must be submitted by Jan. 16. Here's what one student had to say about her experience last year:

“I utilized the Young Professionals Reception as an opportunity to network with industry leaders and young agriculturalists beginning their professional career. I decided to take advantage of this reception, as well as Dairy Summit to further submerge myself around technologies and financial management practices, which take place on many progressive dairy farms. My key takeaway from this event was the versatility of job opportunities and placements, which play an intricate role in our vast and robust industry.” -Katerina Coffman, student at Penn State University

➡️ Learn more and share with someone you know: http://ow.ly/kqzN50M5Cob

🎄 From our family farms to yours, Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy your day. In case you missed it, here are some wint...
12/25/2022

🎄 From our family farms to yours, Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy your day. In case you missed it, here are some winter photos on the farm that PA dairy farm families shared with us this December.

View all photos and 18 holiday messages from dairy farm families here: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/holiday-messages

If you haven't already, SAVE THE DATE for the PA Dairy Summit on February 8-9 in State College, PA.  The event will infu...
12/22/2022

If you haven't already, SAVE THE DATE for the PA Dairy Summit on February 8-9 in State College, PA. The event will infuse your dairy business with insight and inspiration, helping you find FUSION within your dairy team! Learn directly from dairy producers and industry professionals to find the winning combination for success at a personal and professional level. We have breakout sessions planned for your dairy, for your future, for your finances, and for your wellness.

➡️ Learn more and register today: www.padairysummit.org

Earlier this month, the Center for Dairy Excellence and the Dairy Excellence Foundation  recognized five Board members f...
12/21/2022

Earlier this month, the Center for Dairy Excellence and the Dairy Excellence Foundation recognized five Board members for their service and commitment to Pennsylvania dairy. Steve Paxton, Andrea Karns, Dave Hileman, and Eric Boyle each completed their terms. We also recognized Secretary Russell Redding for his years of service and dedication to the board.

Thank you for your service and support over the years!

Looking to improve your Spanish skills and enhance communication with Spanish speakers on your dairy farm? We are once a...
12/20/2022
“Spanish for Agriculture” Winter Course — Discount Offered for PA Dairy Producers | Center for Dairy Excellence

Looking to improve your Spanish skills and enhance communication with Spanish speakers on your dairy farm? We are once again offering $100 discounts to Pennsylvania dairy producers who sign up for Katie Dotterer’s “Spanish for Agriculture” (Dairy/Ag Beginners) online course this winter. The online beginner's course will be held live on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from January 10 – March 2, 2023. All live classes are also recorded and readily accessible to accommodate your schedule.

👇 Sign up today!

The Center for Dairy Excellence assists dairy farm families in the decision-making process and serves as a catalyst for collaboration to strengthen the broader industry. The Dairy Excellence Foundation supports programs that cultivate and inspire that next generation of Pennsylvania dairy.

Hurry! The deadline to enroll in AgBiz Masters is approaching. Learn more and register today atAgBizMasters.com. Registr...
12/19/2022

Hurry! The deadline to enroll in AgBiz Masters is approaching. Learn more and register today at
AgBizMasters.com. Registration deadline is December 23.

Solitude and peace:“Especially this time of year, I find myself outside walking between the barns and it’s perfectly qui...
12/19/2022

Solitude and peace:

“Especially this time of year, I find myself outside walking between the barns and it’s perfectly quiet, still and dark. You realize how tenuous our existence is on this planet and how close to that bare cold and darkness we are. You value things like the clothes you’re wearing and how warm you feel. Then, you walk into a barn that’s lit up and all the cows turn to look at you. It's almost like they already understand that peace. It’s always a striking moment for me every year: that simple solitude and peace.” –Dale, a PA dairy farmer

🎄 From our family farms to yours, these are holiday messages from PA dairy farmers. Follow along & share your own message: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/holiday-messages

This Christmas season,  97 Milk is teaming up with the Blessings of Hope food bank for the second year in a row to raise...
12/17/2022

This Christmas season, 97 Milk is teaming up with the Blessings of Hope food bank for the second year in a row to raise money to give families in need a gallon of whole milk. Last year they were able to donate over 4,300 jugs of milk to families in need. This year the milk has already been donated to Blessings of Hope -- they just need to raise the funds to process the milk! For each $1 donated, it will pay to process ONE gallon of whole milk. The whole milk will be distributed with the food boxes that Blessings of Hope packs.

Donate online here: http://ow.ly/yXMQ50M5BNy

Or mail a check with the note “milk fund” to Blessings of Hope: P.O. Box 567 Ephrata, PA 17522

97 Milk and Blessings of Hope are both 501C3 Non-Profit Organizations. All donations are tax-deductible.

A strong legacy:“This year our family dairy farm celebrates its 200th birthday. We received our Bicentennial award from ...
12/17/2022

A strong legacy:

“This year our family dairy farm celebrates its 200th birthday. We received our Bicentennial award from the state of Pennsylvania. This award means the farm has been in the same family for 200 years! My husband and I recently purchased the farm from my husband’s parents. We have a three-year-old son, and we are thankful and proud to have the opportunity to be part of the farm’s long history. We hope to be able to give back to the land and continue to help it flourish for generations to come.” -Matt and Kate, PA dairy farmers

🎄 From our family farms to yours, these are holiday messages from PA dairy farmers. Follow along & share your own message: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/holiday-messages

In the summer of 2015, Molly Rogus completed an on-farm internship at Vista Grande Farm LLC in Berks County. It was the ...
12/16/2022

In the summer of 2015, Molly Rogus completed an on-farm internship at Vista Grande Farm LLC in Berks County. It was the first farm where she really learned what it meant to run a dairy. Almost 8 years later, where is she now? We recently caught up with Molly who now works at a veterinary practice in Wisconsin!

“I saw what has to get done in a day and how much dairy producers know about their operations, their cows and the markets at large. It’s a really underrated profession in terms of the responsibilities and capabilities necessary for it. Seeing the day-to-day work and being hands-on made me really respect that line of work. It really solidified my desire to work with those people in this industry," Molly said about her internship.

Read her story: http://ow.ly/87RX50LQpMW

Each generation: “Family farming is challenging, that's for sure. However, working alongside my husband and children mak...
12/16/2022

Each generation:

“Family farming is challenging, that's for sure. However, working alongside my husband and children make those challenges seem minimal compared to the enjoyment we get out of seeing each other succeed. We don't always have to agree but being able to compromise, admit you're wrong when you are wrong, and discuss without judgment is something we strive for. All of that goes along with the goals we have for the farm to continue from one generation to the next. Thankful for past generations whom built the foundation for our family to continue on. We always pray that past generations know that passing the farm along, with clear communication and a transition plan, is a blessing to them as well as the future generations. Blessings and Merry Christmas to all!” –Meg and her dairy farm family

🎄 From our family farms to yours, these are holiday messages from PA dairy farmers. Follow along & share your own message: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/holiday-messages

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This week, the USDA announced that it will issue a second round of payments through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program (PMVAP) to use the final $100 million of $350 million in original funding. They have also created a program that helps provide better assistance to organic dairy farmers that experienced monetary losses during the pandemic. This second round of payments will enable USDA to better support small- and medium-sized dairy operations who weathered the pandemic and now face other challenges.

The USDA has not announced the exact timeline, so we'll continue to share updates as soon as they are announced.
If you haven't signed up already, we hope you'll join us for the FREE Dairy Innovation Forum on Tuesday, February 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in State College. Titled “Engaging in Export Opportunities,” the event helps kick off the 2023 PA Dairy Summit. You’ll learn about export opportunities for Pennsylvania dairy products and the potential to grow our market share through moving product overseas.

The event is free thanks to support from the PA Preferred program, but you must pre-register. 👇 Sign up here!
🎙️ Making the decision to invest in new technology like a robotic milking system or a compost barn can be exciting, but it often comes with a learning curve and new maintenance requirements. In our new episode of Cow-Side Conversations, Phoebe Bitler of Vista Grande Farms in Berks County shares both the benefits and learning curves they have experienced with their robotic milking system and compost barn. Enhanced cow comfort, soil health, and efficiency were a few of the benefits, while bedding costs, weather-related factors and maintenance responsibilities were all part of the learning curve. She also offers her perspective on the five key elements to calf care and how to remove stressors for the youngest members of the herd. Phoebe also discusses transition planning and forging mutual respect between each generation.

🎙️ Podcast Highlight: “We knew it would require daily maintenance. We use a smaller rototiller in the morning before the first side gets fed. We also have a bigger tiller that digs much deeper. That’s a very important piece of the maintenance – you need to get the compost turned under enough to get it heated up enough to kill all the bugs. That’s what will lead to mastitis and somatic cell problems. You want the compost to be nice and dry. If the bedding is sticking to the animal, it’s not being maintained properly.”

🎙️ LISTEN NOW: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/podcast
2023 Dairy Market Outlook: Where Are We Headed? with Rob Goodling

If you have questions, leave a comment!
❄️ If you're inside over lunch because of the snow, join us for a great discussion on dairy markets starting at 12 p.m.!

HOW TO JOIN:
Visit www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/JanuaryPYP today (January 25) at 12 p.m. to launch the webinar. We'll also be live streaming it here on Facebook.

Individuals who would prefer to connect via conference call can dial the following number at noon:

Dial: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 848 3416 1708
Passcode: 474057
We're hosting a special edition of our monthly “Protecting Your Profits” webinar THIS Wednesday, January 25 from 12-1 p.m. The free webinar will feature Rob Goodling, agricultural business consultant with Horizon Farm Credit, who will provide an overview of dairy markets in 2022 and his thoughts on the market outlook heading into 2023.

Want to receive a simple reminder the morning of the webinar? Consider signing up for text alerts. Text “Sign up” to 717-585-0766.

👇 Get connection details!
Whenever something goes wrong on the farm, we often find ourselves reciting the words, “If Only,” as we look back on the situation. “If only I let that fresh cow in the box pen one more night.” “If only I made sure that calf had colostrum within the first four hours.” “If only I reminded the morning milker to make sure she is stripping quarters and checking for mastitis.”

A protocol is something defined as a procedure that must be followed to ensure things are done properly and thoroughly each time they are done. On many small dairy farms and even some larger ones, we carry our protocols in our heads. We know inherently what to do in a specific situation to make sure the animal receives the care she needs. Unfortunately, though, having them written down and posted somewhere everyone can access them is where we fall short.

👇 In our monthly Center Focus Column, Jayne Sebright shares some simple guidelines for writing and posting protocols on your farm.
This is a great list, especially because our Executive Director, Jayne Sebright, is on it! Thanks to her passion and leadership, we’re able to support the dairy industry and provide resources to Pennsylvania dairy farmers every day.
Brett Reinford from Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, PA is featured in this Forbes article that discusses the recycling of food waste in their on-farm digester. They process enough food and manure waste to create enough energy for about 600 homes in their community!
DAIRY JOB OPPORTUNITY: Crop and Field Manager (Full-Time)

Yippee! Farms in Lancaster County, PA is hiring a Crop and Field Manager. This individual is responsible for maintaining and repairing all farm equipment, managing planting, harvesting, manure hauling, and soil testing. They are looking for a forward, independent thinker with excellent communication skills for managing and working with others.

➡️ Learn more and share with someone you know: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/dairy-job-opportunities
The Lancaster County Cattle Feeders Day is happening next Tuesday, January 24! The event provides annual updates on current educational information to Pennsylvania feedlot producers. You'll learn:

✔️ How to better understand market and political actions that may affect your beef operation in the coming year
✔️ How to make better decisions on feeding beef on dairy crosses if you utilize these in your operation
✔️ Why biosecurity plans may be necessary for any indemnity payments due to a foreign animal disease and the importance of having a plan for your feedlot

Register here: https://extension.psu.edu/cattle-feeders-day
We can’t control milk prices, Mother Nature, feed prices and many other elements of the dairy business. However, you can take action to manage your cortisol levels – just like you address cow comfort. Stress is what it is. The key is releasing cortisol from your body so you’re not suffering the consequences of chronic stress.

Find out how you can integrate stress management tactics into your dairy's business plan.
Happy National Milk Day! If you haven’t been following along with the Calving Corner this week, a special thank you to the four dairy farm families and interns who are spending their week talking to consumers.
Even though we're in the heart of winter and you might not be doing fieldwork or working with as much machinery, electrical accidents are all too common on the farm. Working with electrical equipment and boxes can pose various dangers, especially if there are missing shields. Stray voltage can also be an issue for both you and your animals.

In this new "Seconds for Your Safety" video, learn quick tips on how to be safe around electrical boxes.
We hope to see you at the PA Dairy Summit on February 8-9 in State College! Several dairy producers from Pennsylvania and New York will lead panel discussions and breakout sessions on real-time topics focused on farm finances, herd management, diversification and more.

Registration costs are steeply discounted for dairy producers from ANY state! Register today: www.padairysummit.org
Thinking about getting started as a dairy farmer? Individuals who are considering getting started in this field often have a few questions: What kind of initial investment do I need? Will I get a return on that investment? Will I enjoy working long hours with relatively few days off? This 11-step guide was created to help you answer these questions and find the next steps forward.

No matter what your path might look like — whether your family is helping you get your start or you are beginning from scratch — this guide provides 11 starting points and links to industry resources that should help you eventually own and manage your own herd of dairy cows.

📖 View the guide and share with someone you know: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/getting-started
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