Region 2 (Empire-Cherry Creek) Feeder Calf Sale – October 28

Preconditioned Feeder Calf Sale to be Held in Cherry Creek, NY on October 28th

All are invited to the upcoming Preconditioned Feeder Calf Sale, sponsored by the New York Beef Producers Association Region 2 (Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties, NY). This sale will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Empire Livestock, 6732 Pickup Hill Road, Cherry Creek, NY. Feeder calf consignments are still being accepted. The sale barn will be open Friday, October 27th to accept cattle and all preconditioned cattle will be graded on Friday by a USDA cattle grader.
To consign cattle, one must be a current member of the NY Beef Producers Association, and can join by contacting Brenda Bippert, 290 Four Rod Road Alden, New York 14004, Cell: 716-870-2777;

For more details on this upcoming Southwestern New York feeder calf sale opportunity, contact Ted Card, Chairman of Region 2, NY Beef Producers Association & President of the Chautauqua County Beef Producers, at 716-664-0356 or Pre-conditioning details at


Region 4 – Empire, Bath – Feeder Calf Sale – Oct 21

Just wanted to take a minute to remind everyone that there is a pre- conditioning sale on Oct. 21, 2017 at Empire Livestock in Bath. If anyone thinks there might be a possibility that they have cattle to consign then please call Jonathon Lubic @ (585) 447-3842 BY OCTOBER 2, 2017. Jonathon is the Operations Manager at Empire in Bath and wants to get a few details on everyone’s cattle so that he can in return call his larger buyers to say they have a certain number of pre-conditioned head.

Some may ask, what is Pre-Conditioned? They are looking for cattle that are vaccinated (TWICE IS BEST!), weaned (this means not just pulled off mama before they are loaded on the trailer), dewomer (if possible), and castrated.

Some may ask, what if I can’t meet the guideline’s for pre-conditioning, can I not sell? No, you can still sell! VACCINATED and weaned cattle are the most important, dewormed ranks high up there too, but if they are not castrated they can still sell, Jonathon says he finds that non-castrated calves just don’t sell as well as castrated.

I know this sounds like a lot but we want to try and help beef producers get the most dollars out of their cattle.

I will be following up with a sheet that can be printed off to take to Empire where you can marks the vaccines used and dates given, dewormer used, when they were weaned, castrated, etc.

Please….if anyone has any questions feel free to call me any time 607-346-5492 or send back to this email.

Thanks, Jenn Hammond
Region 4 Director
NY Beef Producer’s Association

Feeder calf prices improve at Saturday sale

Albany, NY Sat Sep 23, 2017 USDA – Cornell University

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Special Feeder Sale – Canandaigua, NY
Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for September 10, 2017

*** Next Feeder Special will be Oct 7, 2017 @ 10:00am ***

Today Last Sale Year Ago
Receipts: 416 540 N/A

Compared to the last sale, Number 1 Feeder steers sold 5.00-8.00 higher, 300-700 lb Number 2 steers sold 12.00-13.00 higher. Holstein steers sold steady on a very light test. Feeder heifers sold 9.00-10.00 higher. Feeder bulls 400-800 lb sold 8.00-9.00 higher. Cattle supply moderate. Demand good. Feeder cattle supply consisted of 42 percent steers, 6 percent Holstein Steers, 37 percent heifers,15 percent bulls, with 48 percent weighing over 600 lbs. Cattle supply consisted of 193 steers, 152 heifers, and 71 bulls. All prices per cwt. Full report here FLLE_Sep_23_2017.

This and other NYS auction reports can be found at

Funded by NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets: “Using underutilized grasslands to improve the economic viability of the Southern Tier while providing viable careers for beginning farmers.”

Beef. It does a planet good: study

By Tom Johnston, on 9/19/2017

Sometimes beef gets a bad rap for taking food away from humans. This article provides some information to the contrary.

Cattle raised for beef production play a key role in maintaining a sustainable food system, according to new research published by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

The research, published in September’s issue of the journal Global Food Security, essentially counters claims that beef production consumes too much human-edible feed, finding that cattle are net contributors to the global protein supply, and concludes that “modest yield improvements” can reduce further land expansion for feed production.

FAO researchers created a global database of what livestock eat, finding that 86 percent of the feed the animals consume, most of it grasses grown on marginal lands, are not edible to humans.

This counters frequent claims that beef production requires a very high consumption of grain, — as much as 20 kg per 1 kg of beef produced. The researchers note that such high projections are based on feedlot beef production, which accounts for only 7 to 13 percent of global beef output. It does not apply to other forms of beef production that produce the remaining 87 to 93 percent of beef.

As cattle scarcely eat what would be edible to humans, FAO researchers found that 1 kg of protein in meat and milk only requires 0.6 kgs of protein from human food, and the protein in meat and milk has a higher nutritional quality than the protein in grain that cattle eat.

The research also found that livestock play a key role in preventing a likely environmental challenge. That is, they eat leftovers from human food, fiber and biofuels production.

“Livestock play, and will continue to play, a critical role in adding value to these residual products, a large share of which could otherwise be an environmental burden,” the study states.

Read the full study here:

Jean O’Toole to speak at Stocker Short Course: “So why do you want to get in this business?”

As with any entrepreneurial enterprise the stocker business is tough. Variation in markets, weather, animal health and forage conditions are just a few items that can give you a headache. Therefore as an entrepreneur you need to determine why you want to get into this business.

“Do you love converting forage into inexpensive gain?”

“Do you love interpreting market signals to look for an opportunity?”

“Do you love taking mismanaged cattle, and turning them into a valuable commodity?”

Determining the “why” in what you do is imperative if you are going to succeed. Jean O’Toole, Executive Director of the NY Beef Council will lead students through an exercise centered on the book by “Start with why”. All students will receive a copy of this book. I know that everyone is going to want to dig right into the specifics of the stocker enterprise, but Jean and I both feel the importance of stepping back and looking at the big picture.

The course begins September 30 and there is still time to sign up. The course will help you discover your competitive advantage, markets, economic projections, pasture management, business planning.

In-person sessions will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office of Allegany County in Belmont. It will also be streamed to remote sites in Chautauqua, Cayuga, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Tompkins and Delaware Counties. Additional remote sites may be added. Cost per series is $100/person and $50/person from same family or farm. Fee includes lunch and all materials. To register contact Barb Jones,, 607-255-7712. For more information contact Audia Denton, Stocker Short Course Coordinator, or Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Specialist,, 607-255-5923.

Additional course information can be found at

Partial funding provided by a grant from NYS Agriculture and Markets.


Serving Beginning Farmers in New York Workshop

Thursday, September 28th – 1pm – 4pm
Embassy Suites @ Destiny USA Mall – 311 Hiawatha Blvd W, Syracuse, NY 13204

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is holding a workshop for organizations and individuals that serve new and beginning farmers. The workshop will take place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Thursday, September 28th at the new Embassy Suites hotel located at 311 Hiawatha Blvd W, Syracuse, NY 13204.

Representatives from FSA, SCORE, Cornell Small Farms Program, and Farm Ops will present what their organizations provide to new and beginning farmers. More presenters may be added and there will be time for others in attendance to share about their organizations as well.

“I encourage anyone that works with new and beginning farmers to join us in Syracuse to learn more about what other agencies across the state can offer their producers, as well as share what has been successful for their organization. In addition, if you’re unfamiliar with the work of SCORE, this is a great opportunity to learn.” stated Lynnette Wright, Outreach Specialist for FSA in New York State.

SCORE is the nation’s largest volunteer network of expert business mentors, to support new and beginning farmers. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from SCORE. This agreement provides new resources for beginning farmers, veterans, women, and others, providing new tools to help them both grow and thrive in agri-business.

This joint initiative leverages SCORE’s 10,000 existing volunteer mentors and USDA’s expertise and presence in agricultural communities to bring no-cost business mentoring to agricultural entrepreneurs. SCORE mentorship will also be available to current farmers and ranchers. Anyone interested in being a mentor can get more information and sign up on the USDA New Farmers’ website at

To attend the free workshop, Serving Beginning Farms in New York, please RSVP to Lynnette Wright by phone (315-477-6309) or e-mail (