New livestock hire for Southwest NY

On behalf of Director Watkins, I am pleased to announce Amy Barkley’s appointment to the Livestock and Small Farm Specialist position on the Southwest NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team starting December 16, 2019.  Amy comes to us from Eggland’s Best where she served as Quality Assurance Manager, working with franchise production farms, feed mills and processors to optimize production and quality. Amy grew up on a diversified vegetable, fruit and livestock farm in PA and participated in the 4-H livestock program as a youth.  She went on to Penn State University where she earned her B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science and worked on a number of livestock/dairy farms as a farm hand throughout high school and college.  We are excited to have Amy join our new CCE Team and please help me welcome her to Extension!

Amy will be housed in the CCE Erie office and I will share her contact information as soon as I have it.

Sincerely,

Peter

Peter T. Landre

State Extension Specialist for Regional Ag Programs

370 Roberts Hall

Ithaca, NY

315-694-0969 cell

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Feeder Auction Results

Compared to the last sale Number 1 Feeder Steers sold 8.00-10.00 lower. Number 1 Feeder Heifers sold 8.00-10.00 lower. Number 1 Feeder Bulls sold 9.00-12.00 lower. Supply moderate. Demand moderate. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (34% Steers, 50% Heifers, 16% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 29%.

Full report.

Additional NYS cattle auction prices can be found at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/feeder-and-replacement-cattle-auctions#NewYork.

(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.”).

Empire Bath Feeder Auction results

Compared to the last report, Number 1 Feeder Cattle not tested. Number 1-2 Feeder Steers sold 10.00-15.00 lower; Number 2 Feeder Steers sold 15.00-20.00 lower. Number 1-2 Feeder Heifers sold 15.00-20.00 lower; Number 2 Feeder Heifers sold 20.00 lower. Number 1-2 Feeder Bulls under 600 lbs sold 10.00-15.00 lower, over 600 lbs sold  15.00-20.00 lower; Number 2 Feeder Bulls sold steady to 10.00 lower. Feeder Holstein Steers sold 15.00-20.00 lower. Cow Calf Pairs sold steady. Replacement Cows sold steady. Replacement Heifers and Bulls not tested.
Today’s sale included a herd dispersal and consignments. Demand was moderate. Supply included: 86% Feeder Cattle (26% Steers, 6% Dairy Steers, 35% Heifers, 33% Bulls); 14% Replacement Cattle (15% Stock Cows, 39% Bred Cows, 26% Bred Heifers, 18% Cow-Calf Pairs, 2% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 25%.

Full report.

Additional NYS cattle auction prices can be found at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/feeder-and-replacement-cattle-auctions#NewYork.

(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.”).

NNY Beef Producers Fall Meeting – Oct 28.

Please join us for our Region 8/9 NY Beef Producers Fall Meeting on Monday October 28, 2019 at the “Stables” at Windy Point Angus Farm, 215 Sissonville Road in Potsdam. Our guest Speaker is Levi Geyer from New Holland, Pennsylvania. Levi works for the USDA Ag Marketing Service and is the price reporter for Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News. Many of you may know of him from his travels throughout the Northeast as a feeder cattle grader and auctioneer at various feeder sales. Levi keeps his finger on the pulse of the Cattle market world and will be a great source of information to us at this meeting.

Dinner will be provided which will most likely be a catered Beef and Barbeque meal, and a $5-$10 donation will be asked of to help cover cost of event(depending on how much sponsor money we get).

Please RSVP to Craig Southworth, NYBPA President Region 8/9 before Thursday October 24th. His phone/text is 518-651-4390 c.southworth43@gmail.com

Thanks!
Joe Eisele Region8/9 VP
Betsy Hodge Region/89 Sec/Treas

The impact of dressing percent on cull cow marketing

In the October 7 issue of Cow/Calf Corner from OK State Cooperative Extension, Dr. Glen Selk did a nice job of explaining effect of dressing percent on price received for culls. In his original article he referred to Oklahoma prices. I replaced this reference with a price report from Empire Livestock in Cherry Creek. For more NYS prices go to: https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/feeder-and-replacement-cattle-auctions#NewYork.

Dr. Selk writes: October is often the month of calf weaning and cow culling (for spring calving herds). Cull cows represent about 20% of the gross income in commercial cow calf operations. Understanding the major factors impacting cull cow prices is important to the bottom line. Remember cull cows that are destined to go to the packing house are graded by their fleshiness. In the USDA Market News reports cull cows are reported in four grades. The fattest cows are called “Breakers”. Moderately fleshed cows are “Boners” or “boning utility”. Thin cows are called “Leans” or “Lights”, depending upon the weight of the cow. There will be price differences among these four grades.

However, within each grade, large variation in prices per hundredweight will exist because of differences in dressing percentage. Cow buyers are particularly aware of the proportion of the purchased live weight that eventually becomes saleable product hanging on the rail. Dressing percentage is (mathematically) the carcass weight divided by the live weight multiplied by 100.

Key factors that affect dressing percentage include gut fill, udder size, mud and manure on the hide, excess leather on the body, and anything else that contributes to the live weight but will not add to the carcass weight. Most USDA Market News reports for cull cows will give price ranges for High, Average, and Low Dressing Percentages for each of the previous mentioned grades. As you study these price reports, note that the differences between High and Low Dressing cows and bulls will generally be greater than differences between grades. Many reports will indicate that Low Dressing cows will be discounted up to $8 to $10 per hundredweight compared to High Dressing cows and will be discounted $5 to $7 per hundredweight compared to Average Dressing cows. These price differences are usually widest for the thinner cow grades (Leans and Lights). See examples from last week’s sale in Empire Livestock – Cherry Creek: Cherry_Creek_10-2-19.

As producers market cull cows and bulls, they should be cautious about selling cattle with excess fill. The large discounts due to low dressing percent often will more than offset any advantage from the added weight.

BQA Training and Certification – Yates Co.

NY Beef Quality Assurance Training
Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:00 am – 1:00pm
Yatesville Church, 1894 Yatesville Rd, Penn Yan, NY

NY Beef Quality Assurance Training Planned for October

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a voluntary program focused on training cattle producers in management practices. The training 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.

Join Nancy Glazier, Cornell Cooperative Extension NWNY Team’s Specialist for the training Saturday, October 19 from 10 am – 1 pm beginning the day at the Yatesville Church, 1894 Yatesville Rd, Penn Yan. Topics covered during the certification process include safe handling and use of health care products, safe animal handling, animal welfare and record keeping.

The chute side training will be at nearby Glade Haven Farm where Dr. Suzanne Patterson of Eastview Veterinary Clinic will be leading instruction. Cost of the training is $15 per person, $25 per farm, which includes morning refreshments and lunch. Registration is required by October 16 to plan lunch and materials. To register contact Brandie Waite, CCE NWNY Team, at 585-343-3040 x138 or bls238@cornell.edu.

The robust New York BQA program is supported by our sponsors Cargill, Landpro, Merck Animal Health, Powder River, Multimin, and Zoetis.

Feeder calf auction results – Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange

Livestock Weighted Average Report for 10/5/2019

Compared to the last sale Number 1 Feeder Steers sold 8.00-10.00 lower. Number 1 Feeder Heifers sold 8.00-10.00 lower. Number 1 Feeder Bulls sold 9.00-12.00 lower. Supply moderate. Demand moderate. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (34% Steers, 50% Heifers, 16% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 29%.

Full report.

Additional NYS cattle auction prices can be found at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/feeder-and-replacement-cattle-auctions#NewYork.

(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.”).

BQA Transportation to be offered in October.

Oct 8 Empire Livestock, Pavilion. Registration.

Oct 16 Empire Livestock, Vernon. Registration.

Free and includes supper. Sign-up now.

Katherine Brosnan– kbrosnan@nybeef.org
315-339-6922

Along with a NYS Trooper we will cover:
1. Intro to BQA Transportation
2. Principles of Stockmanship
3. Biosecurity
4. Fitness for Transport
5. Pre-trip Planning
6. On the Road, Arrival and Unloading
7. Risk Emergency Management