Profitable Meat Marketing Workshop – Chautauqua County

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join Ag. Marketing Specialist Matt LeRoux for this Profitable Meat Marketing workshop 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.


FREE! Please register by Monday, Dec. 12th


Lisa Kempisty
Agriculture Community Educator (Dairy & Livestock)
716-664-9502 ext. 203


Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center
3542 Turner Road
Jamestown, New York 14701

New York State Slow Moving Vehicle Symposium

This includes drivers of ATVs and UTVs. Tickets and fines have been issued. Attend so that you better understand the law.
WHEN:               February 21, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:             Doubletree Hotel
6301 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Who Should Attend:  Amish/Mennonite, Law Enforcement, Farm/Agriculture, Construction, Highway Safety Advocates
Sponsored By: New York State Sheriffs’ Association and New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee
It is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee

Delaware County Beef Producers Meeting – Dec 12

Monday, December 12 6:00pm – 8:30pm
CCE-Delaware Hamden Office, 34570 State Hwy 10, Hamden, NY  13782

2016 was a year of dramatic change in the beef industry.  Prices have fallen from record highs, requiring beef producers to adapt their management in order to stay profitable.  This meeting will help beef farmers develop strategies to remain resilient during these fluctuations in the market.  Registration opens at 5:30 and a beef dinner will be served at 6pm.  The program starts at 6:30 and will cover the following topics:

Forage Inventory and Allocation
Feeds are normally the largest cost on a beef farm.  CCE-Delaware Livestock Educator Rich Toebe will review how to complete a forage inventory and then how to allocate it to the herd over the coming winter to maximize its nutritional value and economic value.

Feeding Corn Silage to Beef
Corn silage is a high energy feed that is commonly available in Delaware County.  Cornell Beef Specialist, Dr. Mike Baker will explain how best to use it and identify what to watch out for when feeding it to beef.  He will also share innovative ways some farms acquire and feed it.

Making the Beef Farm Business Summary Work for You
Input costs remain high while beef prices are heading down.  Knowing how your farm is performing financially and learning how it compares to farms similar in size to yours is what the NY Beef Farm Business Summary is about.  Dr. Baker will share some results from NY and other States.

Southern Tier Beef Stocker Initiative
Dr. Baker will update the group on the Initiative including upcoming research, market tracking, and the Stocker Short course.

The cost is $10/person.  To register or for more information, call Kim Holden at 607-865-7090 or email at or download the brochure: Delaware Beef Meeting.

Marketing Opportunity for Local Beef Producers – Dec 9

Friday December 9th 6:30 pm-8:30 pm CCE Oneida Extension office.

Kathleen Harris, marketing and processing coordinator with Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company (NELPSC) will be explaining their beef buying program for Fleishers’ Craft Butcher shops. Kathleen will explain the beef premiums that farmers will receive and the protocols that they must meet in order to participate in the program. NELPSC is licensed and bonded with Packers and Stockyards.

If you are a beef producer looking to expand your marketing options, make plans to attend this informational session. Reservations are required by 12/07.  Please call 736-3394 ext. 132 to hold your seat.

Marketing Locally-Raised Meats Outside of Traditional Commodity Outlets

A current slump in commodity prices has many livestock producers searching for more stable and profitable alternatives for selling their animals.  Join the Tri-county graziers on Wednesday, December 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Bath Civil Defense Center (7220 SR 54 Bath, NY) to hear about the positive experiences and learning curves of direct marketing by Pennsylvania producers Dave Albert and Ted Barbour (bios below).  This event is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Tri-county graziers, with support from The Upper Susquehanna Coalition, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Steuben, Schuyler and Allegany Counties, and Cooperative Extension of Penn State and Cornell Universities.  For questions or more information, please contact Brett Chedzoy of Schuyler CCE at:, or by phone at: 607-742-3657.

Misty Mountain Farm is in part a family heritage farm to table agricultural enterprise that had its start in 1854 with John Wolfgang Albert coming to America from Germany. Dave and Holly Albert are the sixth generation to manage the homestead property of 200 plus acres and now rent ~ 300 acres of adjoining lands for pasture and row crops.  Currently they market ~40,000 lbs of beef, lamb and poultry via two farmers markets and a number of restaurants in the Williamsport, Pa area. Their beef herd consists of commercial type cattle bred to Pharo Cattle Company Black Angus bulls purchased direct since 2011. Their ultimate end goal is to supply customers with a high quality eating experience that is affordable, while calculating their return on a per acre basis.

Barbour Grassfed Beef Farm is operated by Ted Barbour and family near Williamsport, PA.   Ted works full-time off farm and does not factor his time into farming cost calculations.   They are conception to consumption production using single stream direct marketing of grass-fed freezer beef only.  They have minimal equipment, pasture the entire farm (55 acres), and lease nearby pastures (25-110 acres).   Calving is in May/June, weaning at Christmas, and direct market the following Thanksgiving.  Cows are wintered outside with hay purchased off-farm.  This year, Barbour Grassfed Beef processed 22 carcasses to 82 customers.

BQA training and certification – Dec 10 in Seneca County

NY Beef Quality Assurance Training

Saturday, December 10, 2016

10:00 am – 2:00pm

Fravils’ building, 7238 Ann St, Ovid, NY


Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a voluntary program focused on training cattle producers in feeding, management and breeding practices that assures the consumer that they are producing safe, wholesome beef of the highest quality. It is based on national guidelines and scientific research with the purpose of enhancing carcass quality and safety, thereby protecting the consumer confidence in our beef supply.


Topics covered during the certification process include safe handling of health care products, injection site location, increasing the effectiveness of vaccines, reducing drug residues, safe animal handling, animal welfare and record keeping.


This training is composed of a classroom session followed by a chuteside training at a nearby farm where Dr. Tom Smith, TP Cattle Services will be assisting. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $5 per person plus$10 for a manual. Registration is required by December 7 for accurate lunch count. To register or for more information, call Nancy Glazier 585.315.7746 or email at


Silage calculator available

Based on a template developed by the University of Tennessee, I built a spreadsheet for estimating corn silage/baleage needs. As with the hay estimate calculator, this does not address feed quality. It is only a rough estimate of the quantity of feed required. Contact your local Cooperative Extension Educator or feed dealer to acquire a forage analysis with which you can balance a ration for your herd. To download a copy of the spreadsheet: Estimating-silage-needs.

Tour to Cargill Meat Solutions, Wyalusing, PA – Nov 16 &17

Join us for a drive yourself tour to the Cargill Processing Plant. We can carpool together for the ride. Make your own hotel reservations using the info below.

  • Leave Canton at 12:30 pm.
  • Pick up more people at the Watertown Extension office and others along the way as needed.
  • Visit Birdsall Beef Farm in Homer, NY. Heather and Dennis Birdsall graze Herford/Angus cows and sell freezer beef.
  • Stop for dinner.
  • Check into Hotel near Binghamton, Holiday Inn Express, WiFi and Breakfast included.
  • Leave hotel at 8:00 am.
  • Arrive Cargill for tour at 9:00 am.
  • Tour ends about 11:30 and we head home stopping for lunch along the way.

Hotel—Holiday Inn Express, Vestal, 607-348-0088. Mention room block COE to get the group rates. We have some King bed rooms and some two queen bed rooms. Price is $95.00 ($107.25 with taxes).

There is a $5.00 charge per person by Cargill for the tour. We will pay by check and you can pay us. There are also waivers to fill out before we go and you need to bring a picture ID and dress appropriately.

Register by Nov 10, with Betsy Hodge—315-379-9192 Ext 227 or Or Bobbi-Jo Ext 234