USDA projections show U.S. corn use is expected to grow through 2026

Newly released USDA agricultural projections through 2016 suggest that demand for U.S. corn will grow steadily over the next decade. Rising yields will boost production and support the growing demand. With the exception of a drop in 2017, corn production is expected to increase through the forecast period. Lower corn prices and increasing corn production suggest that more corn will be used for feed and residual use, helping to fuel rising meat production. Full story Corn_Use_through_2017.

Farmers wanted! Meat and greet registration due today – February 24

Consumers, home cooks, chefs, restaurateurs, and food distributors are invited to meet regional livestock farmers and learn how to coordinate sourcing, serving, and consuming locally raised and processed meat (all cuts and kinds). In addition to meeting farmers of locally raised meats, guests will be able to enjoy tastings and view cooking demonstrations provided by area chefs to learn new ways to prepare local meat.

Complete details Meat&Greet.

Beef Cattle Feeding Options and Cost Analysis

Beef cattle nutrition and feed alternatives for brood cows and their calves will be discussed Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Parish Center, 38 Walnut Street, Oneonta. As beef production continues to evolve in our region, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Schoharie and Otsego Counties is working to assist regional beef producers to improve profitability and optimize cattle growth. The workshop is free. Please pre-register by calling the CCE Education Center at 607. 547.2536 (x231), or e-mail otsego@cornell.edu or visit http://cceschoharie-otsego.org.

This special meeting will focus on feeding and cost of production. Mariane Kiraly, Agricultural Business Educator from CCE Delaware County and Dr. Mike Baker, New York State Beef Specialist at Cornell, will talk with producers about typical feeding schemes and alternatives. Every farm has different assets and goals; everything from having the land, equipment, desire, and time to make winter feed to only having enough space and time to offer summer grazing for cows and their calves. Most producers are somewhere in between.

Is what you are presently doing accomplishing your true goal for your time and business?  There are many considerations and financial tools to help you work through some of these questions. By bringing a variety of our local producers together with these speakers, we can generate useful conversation to grow our regional beef industry to increase its economic impact on both individual farms and the community.

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.  Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties prior to the program.
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Central NY Beef Producers Feeder Calf Board Sale – April 14

The CNY Beef Producers Spring Sale, scheduled for April 14, 2017, will include both 2016 Spring and Fall calves carried through the winter. Presently, there are over 80 young stock lined up.
After last fall’s success they’ve had a good uptick of support. They visited 11 farms in February to sort calves being offered for their Spring Sale.   Presently, there are 6 groups of about 15 calves each mixed between steers and heifers; black and red; spring and later summer.   More involvement is still welcome. The vaccination deadline is March 8, 2017 for any who have not completed double vaccinations already.
Anyone interested in offering calves or knowing more sale details can contact Bill Gibson at wrg56@cornell.edu or 518-588-6032.

New York Beef Producers Association – Region 3 Meeting

As you may be aware the NYBPA has decided to divide the State into new regions for the purpose of making our association more representative of the beef producers across the State and also to encourage greater participation within the new regions.

As a result of this we are now region 3, and this encompasses the counties of Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Yates and Seneca.
The purpose of this email is to personally invite you to attend our inaugural meeting.
Where: CCE Ontario office
480 N. Main St. Canandaigua, NY. 14424
When:  Wednesday, 1st March at 6.30pm
Dinner will be served
Beef au jus, salt potatoes, tossed salad & rolls. $12/person
Registration by 2/22/17 to Nancy Glazier
Call or text (585) 315-7746 or email to nig3@cornell.edu
Please include the names and number of people attending.

NYBPA is a member driven association, and the purpose of this meeting will be to discuss and plan future events to be held in the region, to network with other beef producers and allied industries and to elect our leadership for the region.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Sincerely,
Robert Groom

Profitable Meat Marketing

You are selling local meat-but are you making money?

Join Ag. Marketing Specialist Matt LeRoux at a Profitable Meat Marketing workshop near you to find out if you are covering all your meat marketing costs-including your TIME-and bringing in a profit.

In the workshop, you will learn how to develop your farm’s marketing strategy and how to set specific marketing objectives to make your job easier. In addition to marketing tips, you’ll learn about Cornell Cooperative Extension’s NEW Meat Price Calculator. The calculator uses your farm’s data to develop pricing for meat sold by the hanging weight or by the cut. It accounts for processing and marketing costs, allows you to build in a profit, then lets you adjust the pricing of each cut until you reach your goal. Finally, you will learn more about navigating the MeatSuite, a free website to help your farm reach consumers seeking local meat in bulk.

Thurs., Feb. 16, 5:30-8:30, at CCE-Schuyler, Human Service Complex, 323 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY. Register online http://cceschuyler.org/events/2017/02/16/profitable-meat-marketing or to rlo28@cornell.edu or (607) 535-7161 by Tues., Feb 14.

And please help us promote these events to consumers, via Facebook or customer email lists:

“Fill Your Freezer: Purchasing Local Meat in Bulk”
Ready to start buying locally-raised meat in bulk? It’s easier and more affordable than you might think, and the benefits are great: know your farmer, know your food, cook and eat with confidence! We will guide you through everything you need to know about researching and contacting farms near you, why buying in bulk can save you money, and how to use the Ithaca and Corning community Meat Lockers.

This class is FREE and open to the public, and will be offered on the following dates and locations:
*February 8th, Human Service Complex, 323 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY, 6:30-8:30 PM *March 9th, SE Steuben County Library, 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza #101, Corning, NY, 5:30-7:30 PM *March 15th, CCE-Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY, 6:30-8:30 PM

Visit our Facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/394142814265867/

Feeder Calf Auction Report

Thanks to funding from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, a Stocker Initiative (http://blogs.cornell.edu/beefcattle/eventsprograms/) has been launched. Part of this initiative is the reporting of several livestock auctions throughout New York to increase information that producers can use to make purchasing and marketing decisions.

The most recent Feeder Calf Sale report is shown here: Finger_Lakes Feeder Cattle. A complete listing of auctions being reported can be found: https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/livestock-poultry-and-grain-list-reports.