Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate Training

The Farm Disaster Preparation program will help farm owners plan for and manage disasters that might occur. This program focuses on practical pre-disaster education and preparedness, regarding farm equipment safety on the road, fire or structure collapse, storm and wind damage, criminal activity, farm chemical risks and biosecurity. Farms that complete the Farm Disaster Preparation training will receive a certificate to provide to their insurer and may be eligible for a credit or discount toward the farm’s annual insurance premium. The value of the credit or discount will vary according to individual policies and policyholder circumstances but can be up to a 10 percent discount.

Certificate program will be held on Tuesday March 10, 2020 at the Cooperative Extension Center located at 5435A County Road 48, Belmont, NY from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by March 3rd. There is a fee for this program. For more information or to pre-register contact Lynn Bliven at 585-268-7644 ext. 18 or email at

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Empire Bath Feeder Auction Results

Previous Feeder Special Sale was November 23, 2019. Compared to the last report, Feeder Steers sold 15.00-20.00 higher on a light test, except Number 2 Feeder Steers sold 5.00 higher on a light test. Feeder Heifers sold 15.00 higher on a light test, except Number 1 Feeder Heifers not tested. Feeder Bulls and Feeder Holstein Steers not tested. Short Bred Cows sold 50.00 lower on a light test; other Replacement Cows not tested. Cow-Calf Pairs sold steady on a light test, except two large-framed Cow-Calf Pairs not tested. Replacement Bulls not tested. Demand was moderate. Today’s supply included a small herd dispersal and consignments. Supply included: 90% Feeder Cattle (49% Steers, 4% Dairy Steers, 29% Heifers, 18% Bulls); 10% Replacement Cattle (38% Bred Cows, 44% Cow-Calf Pairs, 19% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 39%.

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(Funds to support the NYS Market News program come from New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets project “Stocker cattle: Using underutilized grasslands to improve economic viability of the Southern Tier while providing viable careers for beginning farmers.”).

Beef Meeting, Feb. 20 in Delaware County

CCE Delaware is holding a Winter Beef Meeting on Thursday, February 20 at 6pm at the Community Center in Hobart, NY. Topics and speakers include:

• Winter Time Environmental Effects on Beef Feed Demand, Paul Cerosaletti & Rich Toebe, CCE Delaware County. Paul will demonstrate how much environmental effects such as wind, temperature, mud, and hair coat condition can increase the amount of hay a beef animal needs to eat. Rich will show some of the strategies farmers can use to reduce these environmental effects.
• Observations from a State Veterinarian—Current Topics in the Beef Industry, Dr. Chad Wall, DVM NYS Department of Ag & Markets
1. Beef Nutrition—Additional thoughts on feeding strategies and potential cost savings
2. Working with a Veterinarian—What can a veterinarian do for my beef operation? What does it mean for my bottom line?
3. Vaccination Strategies, Drug Residue Avoidance, and Pregnancy Exams—Some facts and strategies from the point of view of your vet

Cost is $10/person. Meal is served at 6pm with presentations starting at 6:30 pm. Call or email Kim Holden at (607)865-7090 or to register. Payment can be made at the door. More information can be found at

Beef Quality Assurance for Transporters

Transportation Quality Assurance plays a critical role in the health and welfare of cattle. By using best practices, transporters can save the beef industry millions of dollars each year. When a transporter participates in the program they are showing consumers they are ready to take every step possible to keep cattle as healthy and safe as possible.

Where: Empire Livestock-Bath
7418 Route 415 North Bath, NY 14810
When: Friday, February 21st
Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM

Registration due by Feb 18.

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