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David R. Balbian is the Area Dairy Management Specialist for the CCE Central New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team.
Cows in a dairy barn.

Older Cows Are More Profitable

By David Balbian / April 5, 2021

It’s not uncommon for dairy producers and their advisors to discuss culling rates and how many heifers need to be raised to maintain or grow the milking herd. The conversation at times leads to discussions about how long it takes a first calf heifer to pay for herself. In other words, how long does she…

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Will Dry Weather Create Forage Shortages This Winter?

By David Balbian / October 20, 2020

Farmers can take action now to adequately prepare for the winter months.  We have seen quite dry conditions in much of our region and much of the state this past spring and into early summer. There has been some recent rain. However, it has been sporadic in nature. Some locations have seen a fair amount…

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