EVERYTHING BEEF in the Toyota Building

Aside from the numerous vendors that contribute to a great New York Farm Show at the NYS Fair Grounds in Syracuse, Feb 21 – 23. The Beef Area in the Toyota Building is an area you don’t want to miss.

Take a break from all the walking and enjoy a Delicious Hot Beef Sundae served up daily by our New York Beef Producers and Junior Beef Producers. They will be available Daily from 10:45 until sold out.

Full schedule.

Beef Quality Assurance Training in Canandaigua, NY – March 15

The New York Beef Council and Cornell Cooperative Extension are pleased to partner with Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange to offer a Beef Quality Assurance training for beef and dairy producers in the Finger Lakes region of NY. The training will be held on Friday, March 15th from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Join us at Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange located at 3865 Rts 5 & 20 Geneva Turnpike Canandaigua N.Y 14424 for a presentation by Nancy Glazier, Small Farms & Livestock Specialist, and chute side training led by Dr. Dave Wilson, DVM.

Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides training to cattle producers in food safety, proper cattle handling techniques, handling of animal health products, injection sites, and record keeping. The goal of this program is to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of beef by focusing the producer’s attention to daily production practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of beef and beef products. The Beef Quality Assurance certification is a powerful message to customers whether that is a feedlot operator, packer, or consumer through direct marketing sales. The BQA certification has been successfully utilized to market the quality and safety of a farm’s products and can be used to meet the requirements of the New York Grown and Certified program for beef.

Farm owners, employees, and any youth over 14 years of age are encouraged to become BQA certified. By attending this training level 1 certification will be received. Level 2 certification is earned by filing a signed Veterinarian Client/Patient Relationship (VCPR) form with the NYBC office following initial training.

This training is being offered for FREE, thanks to sponsorship from Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange, and will include meal and training resources. Pre-registration is required by March 11th. For further assistance or information please contact Allison, Finger Lakes Livestock at 585-394-1515 or email flle83@yahoo.com.

Beef and Dairy/Beef Crosses: Opportunities for Dairy Farmers

Winter Shop Meetings presented by CCE of Cayuga County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County invites all farms, producers and ag service professionals to attend the upcoming Winter Shop Meeting.
• Thursday, February 14 • 12:30-2:30 PM • Conquest, NY
• Beef and Dairy/Beef Crosses: Opportunities for Dairy Farmers
• at Conquest Cattle Feeders,10765 Cooper St, Cato, NY (farm shop is on Route 38)
• Free, no registration, just show up! heated shop, coffee/light refreshments.
Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Specialist Dr. Mike Baker will be on hand to help with concerns on the opportunities and challenges of getting the most from your dairy and dairy beef crosses. Other topics but not limited to include when is my beef animal ready for market and getting the most from my cull dairy cows.

The objective of the series, which will be hosted by a local farm and held in their heated workshops, is to keep Cayuga County producers informed of timely issues affecting their business. Shop Meetings are an opportunity to hear from local farms and industry experts, to encourage conversation and sharing among the county’s farms.

Future shop meetings from CCE of Cayuga County:
Friday, March 1 • 12:30-2:30 PM • Aurora NY Utilizing Corn Silage Trial Results with Cornell University PRO-DAIRY Dairy Forage Systems Specialist Joe Lawrence, MS, CCA; at Musgrave Research Farm, 1256 Poplar Ridge Road, Aurora, NY

Friday, March 15 • 12:30-2:30 PM • Cato, NY Managing Diseases Prevalent in 2018 Growing Season with Jaime Cummings, MS, CCA; Cornell NYS IPM Program at Marvin Martin Dairy, 12645 North Rd, Cato, NY

For more information or directions contact Ron Kuck, Agricultural Program Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cayuga County, 315-704-8810, rak76@cornell.edu.










Beef meeting qualifies for BQA re-certification – Feb 27, Canandaigua, NY

We are pleased to announce that our spring Region 3 meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at King’s Party House in Canandaigua, NY.

Our speaker for the evening is Ben Scott, Nutritionist from Trouw Nutrition (formerly Big Gain) and will cover nutrition from cow to feedlot. The meeting will qualify for re-certification under the Beef Quality Assurance program.

We would like to thank Lamb & Webster and Trouw Nutrition for their support and sponsorship for the meeting.

Registration due by Feb 12. Click for agenda and registration information.

Sue Olson
Secretary/Treasurer – Region 3

Stockmanship Training for Beef Producers

New York is proud to welcome Curt Pate, a nationally and internationally recognized clinician, known for his abilities conducting stockmanship demonstrations. Curt will be offering two special evening meetings for beef producers as he travels NYS as part of the ProDairy Dairy Managers Meeting.

Beef producers will have two opportunities to learn from Curt Pate as he shares his expertise and answers questions related to moving and handling cattle with ease, improving handling systems, and working as a team with family and employees.

On March 5th, training will be held at Center Dale Farm, 28206 St. Rt. 126 Black River, NY. On March 6th a second training will be held at Empire Livestock, 7418 NY-415, Bath, NY. Both trainings will be held from 6:00-9:00pm and are $25.00 a person. Training will include dinner.

Space is limited for these unique and interactive clinics. Pre-registration is required. Contact Katherine Brosnan at 315-339-6922, kbrosnan@nybeef.org.

These Stockmanship and Stewardship trainings are made possible through partnership of New York Beef Quality Assurance, the Beef Checkoff and New York Beef Council, ProDairy, Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.


Feeding Your Beef Cows Through the Winter – Reminder to pre-register this week!

Winter is a challenging time to feed the beef herd. Mud, cold and snow, or rain can stress your cows and increase their nutritional needs. The 2018 hay season was challenging for making quality hay or baleage. How do you know if you are meeting the needs of your herd?

Cornell Cooperative Extension NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team are planning a workshop to assist farmers meet their needs. Mike Baker, Cornell University’s Beef Cattle Specialist will review the nutritional needs of the beef cow, how the environmental conditions impact feeding, and how the stages of pregnancy affects her needs. Nancy Glazier, Small Farms and Livestock Specialist with the NWNY Team, will discuss sampling procedures for nutrient analysis to know what you are feeding. The fundamentals of feeding the cow will be covered in the evening workshop on Tuesday, February 12 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Wyoming County Ag & Business Center, 36 Center St, Warsaw.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, February 11. Cost is $15 per person, $25 per farm or family, payable at the door. To register, contact Nancy Glazier at 585.315.7746 or nig3@cornell.edu.

Feeder Auction Results – Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Special Feeder Sale – Canandaigua, NY
Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for February 2 2019

*** Next Feeder Special will be March 2, 2019 @ 10:00am ***

Today Last Sale Year Ago
Receipts: 447 694

Compared to the last sale, Number 1 Feeder steers sold mostly 9.00-11.00 lower, with 500-600 lb steers selling steady. Number 1 Feeder heifers sold 11.00-14.00 lower, with 500-600 lb heifers selling steady. Number 1 Feeder bulls sold 10.00-20.00 lower. Cattle supply moderate. Demand moderate. Feeder cattle supply consisted of 43 percent steers, 3 percent Holsteins, 40 percent heifers, 14 percent bulls, with 33 percent weighing over 600 lbs. Cattle supply consisted of 206 steers, 168 heifers, and 73 bulls. All prices per cwt.

Full report here.

For all USDA Livestock and Grain market reports:


Partial funding for this project: 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.”

NY farm winner of prestigious Environmental Stewardship award

NEW ORLEANS – (January 30, 2019) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today announced Thunder View Farms in Grahamsville, New York, as the winner of the 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The award was presented at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans.

Established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to recognize outstanding land stewards in the cattle industry, ESAP is generously sponsored by Corteva Agriscience™, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™; McDonald’s; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

Thunder View Farms originated in 1958 when Phil Coombe brought five registered Angus cows to the farm. Phil’s brother Dick joined the operation soon after and they have been running the operation together ever since. Today, the farm has more than 200 seedstock cows on 1,500 acres 100 miles north of New York City. It sits between two of the state’s biggest reservoirs supplying drinking water to the nine million people in the city. In the 1990s, New York City proposed tough watershed regulations that would have driven most farmers out of business, but the Coombe family, along with other families in the area, convinced officials that a way to keep land and water in pristine conditions was to keep the land and forests in well managed farms.

“I think it’s been a huge advantage to the beef industry that we fought the battle with the city and won and now have a strong partnership,” said Dick Coombe. “We’ve turned a negative that should have put us out of business into a positive.”

As part of this effort, Thunder View Farms has installed a gravity flow system to deliver clean water to all their pastures and allow them to fence cattle out of the streams. The Coombe family developed an approach to avoid nutrient and sediment runoff. They installed heavy feeding pads that are placed more than 1,000 feet away from any streams to protect surface water. They use silage bags to feed the cattle, which provides a healthier environment for the cattle while reducing feed waste and workload.

“They have been excellent stewards of the land,” said Paul Rush, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection. “They work very closely with the water supply to protect it while producing high quality beef.” To supplement their electrical needs, the Coombe family built a wind turbine and installed solar panels. These systems provide enough electricity to operate the farm shop and their freezer beef business. Selling their quality beef to consumers lets Thunder View Farms share their conservation story with the public.

“People that buy our beef really like to come to the farm and see the cattle and the green grass,” said Ric Coombe. “They appreciate it and it makes a loyal customer for a very long time.”

Creating a sustainable family farm was the goal of the Coombe brothers. Over the years, Thunder View Farms has exceeded their expectations. The family is proud of the operation, but they are prouder of what they have done to protect the land from development, preserving it for generations to come.

For more information Thunderview, go to http://www.thunderviewfarms.com/.

For more information on the NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award Program, go to http://www.beefusa.org/environmentalstewardshipaward.aspx.