Dairy Cattle

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Based at Cornell, the mission of PRO-DAIRY is to facilitate New York State economic development by increasing the profitability and competitiveness of its dairy industry. PRO-DAIRY, a NYS dairy industry educational program, enables farm families and other agricultural professionals to realize their values and strive to achieve their professional and personal goals. The program is committed to creativity, innovation and excellence in providing educational programs.

The Dairy Practices Council


DPC is a non-profit organization of education, industry, and regulatory personnel concerned with milk quality, sanitation and regulatory uniformity. The DPC develops and disseminates educational guidelines for proper sanitation practices in the production/processing of milk, and the manufacture of dairy products. Guidelines also address many basic dairy management issues of interest to small dairies, for example: planning dairy stall barns; natural ventilation for dairy tie stall barns; tunnel ventilation for dairy tie stall barns; fundamentals of cleaning and sanitizing farm milk handling equipment; raw milk quality tests; and many, many more. The Dairy Practices Council 51 E. Front St. Suite 2 Keyport, NJ 07735 Phone/Fax: (732) 203-1947 E-mail:

Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers


Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Wisconsin-Madison Offers a 1-year certificate program in grass-based dairying. The course provides opportunities for internships, mentoring, farm tours, and networking with experienced grass-based dairy farmers. You can also learn about grazing sheep, goats, and other species. Specialized scholarship support and a distance education option are available for this course. Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems University of Wisconsin 1450 Linden Dr. Madison, WI 53706 Phone: (608) 262-5200 Fax: (608) 265-3020 E-mail: 

If you would like the information but are unable to attend the school, you can order a CD set to view Grass-Based Dairy Seminar sessions taught by grass farmers, UW and Extension faculty, and other professionals right on your home computer. This seminar is designed to familiarize you with the principles and practices of developing and managing a grass-based dairy farm business.


Organic Dairy Production

Organic Dairy has a brand new website! Please visit: http://www.organic.cornell.edu/organicdairy/Initiative.html


New York State Farmstead & Artisan Cheese Makers Guild

The New York State Farmstead and Artisan Cheese Makers Guild was organized in November 2003 to foster a strong and vibrant farmstead artisan cheese-making sector in the state and to support its growth. The Guild was incorporated in 2007. Our goals include:

  • Encouraging excellence in New York State farmstead and artisanal cheeses resulting from appropriate continuing education and technical assistance to cheese makers at all levels of competence;
  • Assisting in the development and adoption of procedures that will ensure public health safety with regard to production and processing of milk;
  • Advocating the continuation and preservation of family farms while promoting farmstead-scale cheese making as a craft and livelihood in the State;
  • Seeking out and using farm management practices that nourish and sustain the soil and the soul of the surrounding landscape and community.

The Guild addresses the need for a collective trade organization for the growing number of small-scale cheesemakers in New York State. In addition, the organization will develop a voice and a collective market presence for farm-based and artisan cheese makers. For more information, email info@nyfarmcheese.org

Questions You Should Ask Before Starting a New Dairy Processing Enterprise


Brian Henehan, Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University Publication is in PDF format .

Safe Sell Dairy: Creative Ways to Sell Dairy Products Safely at Farmers’ Markets


Courtney Haase, Nunsuch Introducing you to the adventure of selling your dairy products directly at farmers’ markets. This grassroots, farmer-to-farmer booklet is for the novice seller. It contains information on various aspects of direct selling. Legal, presentation, and food safety issues are discussed and many innovative suggestions are recommended. Funding for this publication provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (Farmer/Grower Grant Program). 76 pages. $8. To order, visit the web site or contact Courtney Haase at (603) 927-4176 or 


Reviving the Creamery

Barb and Steve Smith, Organic Farms, Foods, and Folks, Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY 4-part series from Organic Farms, Foods and Folks, the NOFANY newsletter, written by Barb and Steve Smith of Meadowsweet Yogurt Company in Lodi, NY. Series is in PDF format .

  • Introduction
  • Marketing
  • Milk Quality
  • Dairy Processing Equipment

Creamline: A New Voice for Little Dairies

A quarterly publication by the Hometown Creamery Revival Project


that features articles on cheese-making and other value-added processing. $22/year; send a check or money order to: Creamline P.O. Box 186 Willis, VA 24380 E-mail:

Marketing Fundamentals – One Key to New York Specialty Cheese Markets


A publication from “Smart Marketing”, a monthly marketing newsletter for extension publication. Articles are written by faculty members in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.

Total Dairy Management


Department of Animal Science, Cornell University, Pro-Dairy

This program is designed for students, dairy farmers, agribusiness people, and others who have a sincere interest in dairy farm management. Objectives are to gain a further understanding of the integration and application of dairy farm management principles and programs with respect to progressive dairying and related industries.

Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition


Penn State University Dairy and Animal Science Information on cow, calf, and heifer management, as well as some other cow-related links.

Cornell Quality Milk Program


College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University Quality Milk Production Services provides laboratory testing for mastitis, milking equipment evaluation, milking parlor performance, milker training, and many other services.


Forage Crops

Dairy Business Management

PRO-DAIRY Herd Health Resources


PRO-DAIRY, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University Click on “Herd Health” (in the left-hand menu) to access articles and links related to herd health.

New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program


Cornell University An initiative that aims to improve dairy herd health, productivity, and profitability; assure food safety, public health, and consumer confidence in dairy products; and to promote environmental stewardship.

Sire Evaluations & Dairy Genetics at Cornell University


Cornell University Information on genetic evaluations of sires, cows, and herds.

Johne’s Information Center


Filled with the most current information about Johne’s disease diagnosis, control, and prevention.

Healthy Animals


U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service This quarterly online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural animals and fish. An index lists ARS research locations covering about 70 animal health topics. The site also provides complete contact information for the more than 25 ARS research groups that conduct studies aimed at protecting and improving farm animal health.

Manure, Composting, & Waste Management

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