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An update on a project funded in 2019 by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) to determine the level of Salmonella Dublin and its potential economic impact on regional dairy farms is on the agenda for three January 2020 Dairy Day events organized by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension North Country Regional Ag Team.

The Extension Dairy Day events will take place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on January 4 at the Brushton-Moira Legion in Moira, Franklin County; January 22 at the Lowville Elks Lodge in Lowville, Lewis County; and January 24 at the Watertown Elks Lodge, Watertown, Jefferson County.

Lindsay Ferlito, a Regional Dairy Specialist with the Cornell University Cooperative Extension North Country Regional Ag Team, will present an update on her project collaboration with Cornell Quality Milk Production Services and the sampling of bulk tanks on NNY dairy farms to assess the presence of Salmonella Dublin. These bacteria can cause pneumonia and illness in calves and negatively impact dairy cow reproductive health. Concern has developed about drug-resistant strains. Ferlito will provide information on herd management for prevention.

The Extension Dairy Days programs will also include a keynote presentation by Dr. Chris Wolf of the Cornell Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management focusing on milk prices and market updates, and presentations by Eileen Jensen of the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition and local Extension agriculture educators.

To register for any of the Extension Dairy Day events, contact Tatum Langworthy,, 315-788-8450. The cost including lunch is $10 by paid pre-registration, $20 at the door.

The results of NNYADP-funded research projects are posted at Funding for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is supported by the New York State Legislature and administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.