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Mike Reuter, Director of Analytical Services Mike Reuter has been a part of the Dairy One Forage Lab team for the last 34 years. As director of analytical services for the forage and soils labs, his primary role is providing leadership and oversight to those teams. An important part of that leadership is helping his…(Read More)

By Taylor Gilbert, Marketing and Communications Intern As a recent Cornell graduate of the Animal Science Department with a dairy management concentration, one of the many things ingrained in us as students early on is the power of internships. Find out what you like, more importantly, find out what you do not like, and be…(Read More)

The first step in getting timely sample results is a timely arrival of samples to the lab. Recent USPS delays have slowed the submission process of some samples. While this does not affect the time it takes to analyze samples once they arrive, it does delay the start of that process. Luckily, there a few…(Read More)

For most herds, individual cow data is the foundation of cow management. DHI testing has been around for a long time. Like many service providers it has evolved to accommodate the changing needs of customers. If one of the following obstacles have kept you from testing, call us. It may be time to revisit Dairy…(Read More)

Congratulations to our outstanding Quality Milk Award recipients! Each year, we are pleased to recognize those members whose herds have maintained a rolling herd average somatic cell count of 175,000 or less in the previous calendar year. See the full list of winners here…(Read More)

While we have begun to see some improvement in milk prices, there are still some farms that are being asked to maintain a lower level of production than they are used to.  Many industry leaders have cautioned the importance of balanced production when it comes to sustaining an ideal milk price. Some are choosing…(Read More)

In these challenging times, many farms are being asked to reduce their production. A complete picture of production helps you make informed decisions about feeding, breeding, early dry off, and culling. When adjusting to meet new market conditions, consider the following goals:• Maximize components while lowering milk volume• Improve milk quality by monitoring individual cow…(Read More)

Stewards of Change

The health of the environment and climate affects few industries as directly as agriculture. From soil health to major weather events, the livelihood of farmers depends on mother nature. While we can’t control the weather, there are many things farmers are doing to address the issue of sustainability. We sat down with two VT…(Read More)

Communication is Key

Last week I had the pleasure of traveling to Pennsylvania to visit two of our board members and their farms. Bill Itle of Vale Woods Farms, joined the Pennsylvania DHIA Board of Directors in 1986 and became a Dairy One board member when Pennsylvania DHIA joined Dairy One in 2001. I had the opportunity to…(Read More)

Farming in the Northeast

Earlier this fall, one of our Agricultural Consulting Services (ACS) planners, was asked to put together some information for state legislators describing the value of farming in the northeast and the regulatory requirements that must be met to do so. This has great information for consumers unfamiliar with farming in the northeast or farmers&nbsp…(Read More)

Money from MUN

Dr. Chris Dutton, VMD Since rolling out our new MUN report earlier this summer, we’ve had some questions on how the information provided can be applied to pasture based or grazing herds. Dr. Chris Dutton, a member of Agricultural Management Resource Support Team, was one of the team members involved with the development of…(Read More)

At the beginning of September, Dairy One employees from our laboratories and Ithaca office visited Sunnyside Farms in Scipio Center, NY to see Dairy One services in action. Sunnyside is a customer of Dairy One on many levels, using our cameras, networks, software support, and DHI testing services. They are also a customer of our…(Read More)

If you haven’t yet made it to the Great New York State Fair this year, be sure to put the Dairy Cow Birthing Center on your list of exhibits to visit. If you’ve already made your trip to the fair and didn’t fit the Dairy Birthing Center in, there’s still time…(Read More)

Couriers To Count On

The transportation and courier system covers about 14 states and is comprised of 25-30 couriers who drive more than 160,000 miles per month. This is the method by which the majority of Dairy One DHIA samples and bulk tank producer payment samples end up at the Dairy One Milk Laboratory every day. Rain…(Read More)

NIR Relations

Near Infrared Reflectance spectroscopy, or NIR, is an effective and efficient method of analysis, used most commonly in the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries.  In the pharmaceutical world, NIR is used as more of a quality assurance method while in agriculture it is used to analyze the nutrients present in feed and forages. The way…(Read More)

Delivering Assurance

Dairy farmers are paid for their milk based on volume and quality, which is measured by fat, protein, somatic cell count (SCC), and bacteria presence. When the milk is picked up by the milk truck, a sample is taken from the farm’s bulk tank. These samples are then sent to a lab, like the…(Read More)

Being a company focused on providing data and information, it shouldn’t be surprising that we have a number of laboratories here at Dairy One. That’s not to say that it doesn’t create some occasional confusion. There’s the Dairy One Milk Laboratory and the Agro-One Agronomy Laboratory. Then we have the…(Read More)

Service with a Smile

Nestled in the back corner of the building there is a little office where any samples from hay and corn silage to eels and banana trees are entered into the Dairy One Laboratory System to begin their nutrient analysis journey. This is home to our Forage Lab Customer Support group, who would likely refer to…(Read More)

When the Dairy One center in Ithaca officially comes to life at 8 am every morning, Jennifer (pictured right) and Jyll (pictured left) assume their respective positions as Receptionist and Administrative Support/Graph Design. They take their places at the front desk, greeting anyone who walks through the front door and directing them to where…(Read More)

Getting the Dirt on ACS

Agricultural Consulting Services, or ACS, is the crop consulting organization at Dairy One. ACS offices can also be found in Henrietta, NY. While they may not appear to fall directly under the Dairy One umbrella at first glance, ACS is a crucial piece of the Dairy One puzzle. Everything on the farm starts from the…(Read More)

Appropriately named, our Agricultural Management Resources (AMR) group works to provide farms with a variety of technological resources to help manage and increase the overall efficiency of data use on your farm. The AMR group offers everything from identification tags to herd management software to on-farm camera installations. This dynamic team is constantly working…(Read More)

One of the best parts of my role at Dairy One is having the opportunity to work with a variety of different business units. This requires committing a large amount of time to gaining a better understanding of how all the different pieces of the Dairy One puzzle fit together. The first puzzle piece I…(Read More)

New to Dairy One

My name is Molly Gildea and I am the new Assistant Manager of Marketing and Communications at Dairy One. I grew up in Southern New Hampshire and developed the horse crazy bug at a young age. I began riding at the age of 9 and spent every moment from that point on finding any excuse…(Read More)

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