Haul cattle? This program is for you!

The program covers many topics including:
– Cattle handling guidelines & diagrams
– Checklists for loading/unloading
– Checklists for hot/cold weather factors
– Checklists for fit/injured/weak cattle
– Checklist for traveling
– Loading suggestions and worksheets
– Bio-security & Emergency Action Plans

Where: Empire Livestock-Dryden 49 E Main St, Dryden, NY
When: Thursday, November 1st
Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM

Program is free, but registration is required.

More information

Low cow prices and opportunity?

While the price of feeder and finished cattle has kept up with last year at this time, cull cow prices are $8-$10/cwt lower than 2017, https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/livestock-poultry-and-grain-list-reports. Contrary to the idea that this is due to increase in slaughter of dairy cows, the decline is due to several other factors. According to Akton Kalo, CME Daily Livestock Monitor, http://www.dailylivestockreport.com/, dairy slaughter is only up slightly from last year.

“[Dairy slaughter]…is not having that big of an impact although it is increasing at a time when beef cow slaughter is up as well.  The main issue in the cow market these days is ground beef demand.  Retailers featured ground beef extensively over the summer.  plus you had some chains that shifted to using only fresh, which also added to demand.  Seasonally ground beef demand comes off after Labor Day and cheap pork/chicken is making it harder to compete in the retail case.  90CL is now down to $190 compared to $215-220 three months ago.”

Thin, but healthy cheap cows may provide an opportunity if you have adequate inexpensive feed. Given the seasonality of cull cow prices the current price for breaker cows at $52-$55/cwt has the potential to go to $62/cwt. If you have cows BCS >5.0, then selling now makes the most sense. But at BCS <5.0, with cheap feed, you may be able to profit by holding her until next spring.

Grass Finished Beef – market opportunity

Grass finished beef producers are invited to attend an informational meeting on marketing opportunities through Strauss Meats. MacKenzie Waro, Northeast Grass Fed Beef Procurement Manager for Strauss will be present to discuss the company’s standards and production protocols. This meeting is scheduled for Monday October 29th from 5 to 7 pm and will be held at the Oneida County Cooperative Extension Office located at 121 Second St. in Oriskany. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required. Please call Marylynn at 315-736-3394 ext. 132 or email at mrm7@cornell.edu by Friday October 26th.

Grass finished beef marketing opportunity – St. Lawrence County

A grass-fed beef marketing opportunity through Strauss Brands will be presented. Mackenzie Waro, Strauss livestock manager, will talk about her company’s interest in procuring family raised grass-fed and finished beef. The program is free and open to anyone. Registration is appreciated, however.

Please contact Betsy Hodge, 315-379-9192, bmf9@cornell.edu for more information and to register.

When: Wed, 10/10/18 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Canton, NY

Grass finished beef market opportunity – Jefferson County

A grass-fed beef marketing opportunity through Strauss Brands will be presented. Mackenzie Waro, Strauss livestock manager, will talk about her company’s interest in procuring family raised grass-fed and finished beef. The program is free and open to anyone. Registration is appreciated, however.

Please contact Jake Ledoux at 315-788-8450, or email jtl224@cornell.edu for more information and to register.

When: Thursday, 10/11/18 at 6:30PM
Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County
203 N Hamilton St. Watertown, NY 13601

Garrett Darrah
Agriculture Program Coordinator
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County
P: (315) 788-8450, ext. 259