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Cornell announces Drwencke as dairy management specialist

Alycia Drwencke

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC) is excited to welcome Alycia Drwencke as the dairy management specialist. Alycia will be working on programming related to heifer and calf management, cow comfort, improving efficiency, facilities, and herd health while working to identify the needs of the region. You can reach Alycia by emailing amd453@cornell.edu or by calling 517-416-0386.

Drwencke grew up on small farm in Southeast Michigan. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agribusiness Management from Michigan State University. Drwencke received her Master’s Degree in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis. While in Davis, Drwencke’s research focused on heat abatement for dairy cattle, specifically looking at more energy and water efficient cooling methods. She was able to carry out this research on both the university farm and a commercial dairy. Drwencke also assisted with other research projects looking at calf care, disbudding, and beef management. In her free time, Drwencke enjoys traveling and hiking. She is looking forward to working with producers in the area and connecting the agricultural industry to Cornell resources.

The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program is the newest Cornell Cooperative Extension regional program and covers Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben counties. The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops regional specialists work with Cornell faculty and Extension educators to address the issues that influence the agricultural industry in New York by offering educational programming and research based information to agricultural producers, growers, and agribusinesses in the Southwestern New York Region. Drwencke joins Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist, and Josh Putman, Field Crops and Forage Specialist. The team will be adding a Livestock Management Specialist later this year. For more information contact Alycia Drwencke at 517-416-0386 or amd453@cornell.edu, visit https://swnydlfc.cce.cornell.edu, or contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office.

The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC) is a new initiative that started in July 2019 as a partnership between Cornell University and the CCE Associations of the five county region that includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben. SWNYDLFC Regional specialists work with Cornell Faculty and Extension Educators statewide to address the issues that impact the dairy, livestock, and field crops industries in New York through educational programming and events, consultations, and on-farm research. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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