October is BQA month – check it out

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 chute side training (hands-on, so dress appropriately).

A light supper will be provided at each location along with door prizes. To find a training near you, go to Training_schedule-2016.

“Redbook” now available in electronic format

Many producers are familiar with the NCBA Redbook. This pocket sized book was the place you kept all of your cowherd records – from calving to doctoring to breeding. Now it is available in a spreadsheet form. From the data you enter, it will automatically calculate 205 day weaning weights, animal unit grazing months, pounds weaned per cow exposed and much more.  So if you are the least bit handy with a computer this may be just the ticket. Of course, you will still want to keep a hand written record to be entered electronically at a later date. For a copy go to Redbook_NCBA-worksheet-excel-2007.

Save the date: Feeder Calf Pool – Oct 14.

The Central New York Beef Producer’s Feeder Calf Pool is scheduled for October 14, 2:00 pm. Dann Auctioneers, Canandaigua will handle the sale. They are expecting around 30 calves weighing 500 – 600 lb. They will be double vaccinated and weaned a minimum of 30 days. Bidders can attend the sale via phone or in person at the Schoharie and Otsego County Cooperative Extension, Cooperstown Office, 123 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326. As last year, the cattle will remain on the farm until picked up by the buyer.

For more Information contact Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Extension Specialist, mjb28@cornell.edu, 607-255-5923, Bill Gibson, wrg56@cornell.edu, 518-588-6032, CCE-Schoharie and Otsego Counties.

Stay tuned for more details.

Livestock Forage Disaster Program

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) authorized the Livestock Forage Disaster Program to provide compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses for covered livestock on pasture land.

Eligible counties include Cayuga, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wyoming, Yates, along with contiguous counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Cortland, Onondaga, Orleans, Oswego, Wayne.

A fact sheet on the program can be found here: 2016_livestock_forage_disaster_program.

The first step is to contact your local Farm Services Agency office (http://www.fsa.usda.gov/).

Beef Meeting at Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange, Oct 13

Topics:
Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) What Does It Mean For You?
Parasite Control Can Be A Real Can of WORMS

Mark Alley, DVM
Beef Technical Service
Zoetis

When:
October 13th 2016

Where:
Finger Lakes Livestock Ex Inc
3865 Rts 5&20 Geneva Turnpike
Canandaigua, NY 14424

What time:
6:00-8:30
Dinner will be provided

RSVP by October 11th to:
Amy Cornwell 315-783-8621 or amy.cornwell@zoetis.com