The Dairy Institute was developed to provide workforce development opportunities for the dairy industry in the Western New York region. This initiative, initially funded by the New York Center for Dairy Excellence, provides standalone learning modules for adult continuing education focused on the dairy industry. Some of these courses are can also be purchased for college credit at Alfred State College-look at the individual modules per credit offerings.

Please contact Joan Petzen at 585-786-2251 or  jsp10@cornell.edu if you are interested in the program and would like to learn more.

Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by calling 585-786-2251 10 days prior to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements. Requests met after this date will be met when possible.


The Wyoming County Dairy Institute offers a broad range of workforce development modules. These include:

Wyoming County Dairy Institute Modules

Bovine Reproduction and A.I. Training Course

Topics covered will include:

 Bovine Anatomy

 Reproductive Physiology

 Synchronization Protocols

 Heat Detection

 Artificial Insemination Technique

 Proper Thawing of Semen

 Loading A.I. guns

 Practice Breeding Cows

September 26-27, 2016- Willow Bend Farm (Class taught in English)

1159 County Road 7, Shortsville



September 29-30, 2016- HY-Hope Farms (Class taught in Spanish)

5908 Horseshoe Lake Rd. Stafford




$175/person enrolled in NWNY Team

$225/ person not en-rolled*

Includes lunch on both days & materials

Classes will be capped at 15 participants per ses-sion

Register by calling Zach at (585) 786-2251



Hoof Health Solutions Course

This class will focus on lameness detection and treating lame cows. Training your team to identify and treat lame cows is of utmost importance for animal welfare!

  • Classroom & hands-on learning.
  • Taught by Hoof Trimmer’s Association members Chip Hendrickson & Vic Daniels along with Jeff Wheeler of Zinpro Animal Health.

Each class will be held two days in a row, 10am- 4pm. It will be offered in both English & Spanish.

  • Tuesday April 19th & Wednesday April 20th: Noblehurst Farms, 1818 Linwood Rd, Linwood, NY 14486
  • Thursday April 21st & Friday April 22nd: El-Vi Farms, Newark, NY- CLASS NOW FULL

$100 registration for enrollees of the NWNY Team. $125 for non-enrollees*. Materials & lunches included both days. Classes will be capped at 15 people per site. 




Footbath Treatment Evening Discussions

  • Tuesday April 19th, 6-9pm: Noblehurst Field House, 7955 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525-CANCELED
  • Thursday April 21st, 6-9pm: CCE Ontario County, 480 North Main St. Canandaigua, NY 14424

Discussion will focus on options for footbath treatments a will be targeted farm owner/managers. Led by Chip Hendrickson.

$20 registration for enrollees of the NWNY Team. $25 for non-enrollees*. Dinner included. 




Wyoming County Dairy Institute Modules

Animal Well-Being

Dates/ Times: January 13 th and 20th, 10am-3pm

Location: CCE-Wyoming County, CCE-Ontario County, CCE- Orleans County

Cost: $ 75 Enrolled in NWNY or local county $95 Non-Enrolled

(If the farm is enrolled, employees receive enrolled pricing)

January 13 th – Dairy Cow Comfort, Production and Welfare

Broadcasted via WebEx from NNY

  • Dairy Handling and Cow Comfort- Katy Proudfoot, DVM, The Ohio State University
  • Welfare Considerations for the Cold & Calf Comfort & Welfare Considerations, Kim Morrill, Ph.D Regional Dairy Specialist
  • Animal Welfare in the Milking Parlor - Julie Smith, DVM, PhD, University of Vermont Extension Dairy Specialist & Associate Professor, Department of Animal and Veterinary Science
  • January 20 th – Assuring a Positive Perception of Dairy Cattle Welfare

    Broadcasted via WebEx from Ontario County CCE in Canandaigua

  • Beth Meyer, ADADC: How to deliver messages to the public about our farming practices as well as some general social media and traditional media training.
  • Sara Gillette, Upstate Niagara Cooperative: Experiences with the National Dairy FARM Program (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) and the biggest areas for improvement in animal welfare in the dairy industry.
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    Antibiotic Stewardship

    Dates/ Times: February 17 th and 24th, 10am-3pm

    Location: CCE-Wyoming County, CCE-Ontario County, CCE- Orleans County

    Cost: $ 75 Enrolled in NWNY or local county $95 Non-Enrolled

    (If the farm is enrolled, employees receive enrolled pricing)

    February 17 th - Reducing the Risk of Antibiotic Residues on your Dairy

    Broadcasted via WebEx from NNY

  • Will feature the “Food Armor” HACCP Program developed by the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association
  • FDA antibiotic residue report
  • Reducing antibiotic usage and making smart treatment decisions
  • Getting the most out of your beef check
  • Discussion on dairy health challenges producers face most often.
  • February 24 th – Veterinary Feed Directive & Assuring Bob Calf Quality

    Broadcasted via WebEx from WNY

    >Antibiotic Resistance—How It Happens

    >The New Veterinary Feed Directive

    >Antibiotic Residue Scenarios in New York

    >Bob Veal—the Lingering Residue Problem

    >NYSCHAP Food Safety and Drug Residue Avoidance module—risk assessment

    *Jerry Bertoldo, DVM, NWNY Dairy Team

    *Dwight Bruno, DVM, NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets

    *Melanie Hemenway, DVM, NY State Depart-ment of Agriculture and Markets, NYSCHAP Coordinator

    Feeder Basics Course

    A one day course intended for feeders who are looking for a refresher on some of the basics of feeding management or to those who are new to the position. The course will be taught in English and Spanish, with proper materials provided.

    Topics will include: Loading order, mixing time, accuracy, TMR Tracker/software, Calibrations & equipment maintenance, Dry matter: what it is and why it matters, Taking a proper sample, testing for dry matter, Feeder math, Feeder safety, Bunk face maintenance & any other questions/topics that come up.

    Quality Forage Production

    This course is intended for people actively engaged in the cropping end of the dairy business. The course includes 4 lectures and 1 on-farm field day. We will start by discussing a systems approach to the farm management, and then delve into how to maximize quality and yield from management and nutrition perspective.

    Topic focus includes maximizing forage yields by setting realistic yield goals, optimizing fertility, varietal selection, planting and harvesting management, as well as the importance of early pest control, picking the right seed, soil fertility, and harvest and storage management affects quality.

    We will provide information and guidelines on managing forage pests. This classroom session will qualify attendees for 2 DEC credits as an added bonus. Insects, diseases, and weeds of corn, and alfalfa.

    The module will highlight forage storage including bunk fill management, packing techniques, management of forage while in storage, managing inventories, nutrition and its importance in dairy cow rotation, factors affecting palatability and digestibility, trends occurring in forage feeding, and profitability.

    The on-farm visit is usually every attendee’s favorite session. The hands-on application of classroom materials provides great experiences. This on-farm field day will teach scouting techniques, educate on forage samples (measuring TMRs with shaker boxes, discuss reading and interpreting forage tests, as well as measure forage dry matter). The class will also take soil samples, read soil tests and interpret their results, discussing how levels correspond to different forages.

    Managing Transition Cows

    The Transition Cow Module will be presenting on topics including transition cow maternity pens, transition cow behavior and social health, feed availability, management of the transition cow, post-partum immunological and infectious diseases, post-calving metabolic disorders, monitoring for transition cow disorders, understanding why certain measurements are taken and how to interpret them, a discussion of records, protocols, and tracking tools, and answering Why? What? and How? of record keeping and treatment procedures.

    On-Farm session will include identifying the “off cow” and apply the sick cow exercise to an on-farm situation.  Discussions with the host farms herd manager on management procedures, protocols, and examining record taking techniques will be examined in more details. 

    Calf Management

    Discussions include the critical first 24 hours, impact of calving stress, the 5 “C’s” – colostrum, calories, cleanliness, comfort and consistency.  Also, discussions on biosecurity, controlling scours and respiratory disease, assessing the “off” calf and vaccination strategies, housing essentials, air quality, individual vs. group housing, water quality, cold and heat stress, bedding choices, feeding for biological potential, milk versus milk replacer, gut development, starter formulation, growth rates, weaning strategies, auto feeders vs. robots, acidified milk feeding, nipple selection, placement and number, starting calves in groups, cross sucking, basic economics of raising calves and economics of lost and culled heifers.

    Farm Walk and Hands-On Demonstration -  Focus on: management of newborn calf, environmental considerations, feeding and weaning management, sanitation of feeding articles, and health strategies.

    Feeds and Feeding Management

    Topics of discussion include meeting cows feed needs, how the rumen works, the fermentation process, evaluating forage, how to ruin a good ration, addressing needs by group, what makes a good feeder, metabolic diseases, bunk and silo management, maintaining harvest equipment, and using dairy records to improve feeding programs.

    GPS and its Applications in Precision Farming

    Workforce development on GPS Systems and how the modern farm can benefit from using these highly advanced systems.

    Hoof Health and Lameness

    Understanding the causes and ramifications of lameness in Dairy Cattle. This highly beneficial module draws input from the experiences of world class speakers, hoof-trimmers, researchers and farm/business managers.

    Last updated September 12, 2016