New York State Dairy

Dairy Day 2024


Dairy Day 2024

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Milking Forages for All They're Worth

Includes lunch and trade show!


  • 10:00 a.m. Trade Show Opens, Registration, Coffee & Danish
  • 11:00 a.m. Ev Thomas: "Producing high quality corn silage." Including hybrid selection, chop height, starch content.
  • 11:30 a.m. Rick Grant: "Feeding and feed-bunk management to unlock the energy in your silage." including NDF digestibility and chop length/particle size of crop and TMR; starch affects response to fiber digestibility; feeding management to get the most from your forage.
  • 12:15 p.m. Lunch & Trade Show
  • 1:30 p.m. Ev Thomas: "Managing alfalfa and grass: HarvXtra, cutting height, harvest schedules." Also a brief discussion of fertilization of grass vs. alfalfa.
  • 2:15 p.m. Rick Grant: "Target the right forage to the right cows." High quality vs. right quality forage; benchmarks for NDF and NDF digestibility, sugars; optimal alfalfa-corn silage ratios; legumes vs. grasses.
  • 2:45 p.m. Final wrap up questions & discussion.
  • 3:00 p.m. Adjourn

Our speakers, Rick Grant & Ev Thomas, will have sort of a Miner Institute reunion. Rick has just retired as President of Miner Institute. Ev retired from Miner several years ago, but now operates Oak Point Agronomics, a crop consulting business. You have most likely read articles they have written in Hoard's Dairyman and Progressive Dairy. They often answer questions in Hoard's "Questions from our Readers" section on dairy and crop production. Both of them bring a lifetime of experience in research and the practical application of making management decisions at Miner Institute. Located in Chazy NY, The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute's principal function is the economic improvement of agricultural operations through research, education, and demonstration. Miner Institute conducts research programs that apply basic science to contemporary problems confronting the dairy industry. The areas of focus include the crop-animal-environment interface, milk analysis as a herd management tool, cow comfort and behavior. While conducting research, the 625 cow herd boasts a nearly 32,000 lb. herd average with 4.2% butterfat and 3.1% protein! 



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Erik Smith
Area Field Crops Specialist
C: 315-219-7786

Last updated January 3, 2024