Grazing workshop, March 28, Madison County

Grazing Planning Towards What You Want Workshop

Do you want more quality grazing days? Are you ready to make more money within your grazing system? Are you dealing with weather events proactively? Do you want to limit stress points in your operation? Can you get away for a vacation during the growing season?

If you’re interested in becoming more resilient economically, environmentally and emotionally, then join veteran grazier and Madison County’s Soil and Water Conservation District Grazing Specialist, Troy Bishopp, aka The Grass Whisperer, on Wednesday March 28th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension office at 100 Eaton St. in Morrisville, NY for an evening of practical four season grazing strategies.

Using Bishopp’s custom “Jumbo-tron” grazing chart tool, farmers can see and actively plan or predict changes in recovery periods and see trouble brewing while developing management scenarios to save money at every decision. Troy’s light-hearted; show and tell format will draw on his own farm grazing experience and approaches from his mentors to implementing a consistent season right into winter grazing.

Participants are asked to review their own grazing plans so the group can have comprehensive conversation from all angles in developing a grazing plan that really works. An ice-cream social will also be served to add nutrients for a lively conversation.

To register for this program: Call Alicia Luhrssen-Zombek, Madison CCE Ag. Subject Educator at (315)684-3001 ext. 101 or email at

Beef Meeting – March 13 – Essex County

Free Beef Consultation & Group Discussion with Michael Baker & peers

Tuesday March 13th 5pm, CCE Essex

Topics can include, but will not be limited to:
• Nutrition, finishing
• Marketing
• Factors affecting meat quality
• Sire selection
• Stocker cattle
• Handling facilities
• Vaccination/health protocols
• Record keeping and analysis

Come with questions!

For more information contact

Carly Summers, Ph.D.

Agricultural Resource Educator
518-962-4810 x409

Pasture Schools Announced for May 2nd & 3rd, 2018

Featuring nationally renowned, pasture consultant, farmer and author, Sarah Flack.

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 in Steuben County at Greg Halich Farm, 6962 CR 2, Addison, NY 14801 and Jon Burns, 8475 Morgan Creek Road, Lindley, NY 14858

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 in Chenango County at Allen Troyer Family Organic Dairy Farm, 583 County Rt. 36 Guilford, NY 13780

10:00am to 3pm workshops. (Rain or Shine in the field, please dress appropriately) A donation lunch featuring homemade fare will be available.

For more information and to register.

Webinar – “The 4’s of Crossbreeding”

The 4’s of Crossbreeding: Simple, Structured, Successful, and Sustainable
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7 p.m. CT

Structured crossbreeding systems have been shown to have substantial impacts on the production efficiency of commercial cow-calf operations. Join the webinar to discuss keys for successful and profitable crossbreeding systems that enhance profit and sustainability. Managed heterosis, simple breeding systems and breed complementarity are the key value drivers you’ll learn about. Megan Rolf, PhD at the Kansas State University and Bob Weaber, PhD at Kansas State University will lead the discussion.

If you missed the last two webinars in this 4-part genetics series which focused on EPDs and Indexes be go to “Producer Education” at WWW.NCBA.ORG. This is also where you register for this webinar.

Feeder calf auction report

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Special Feeder Sale – Canandaigua, NY

Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for March 3, 2018

*** Next Feeder Special will be April 21, 2018 @ 10:00am ***

Today Last Sale Year Ago
Receipts: 557 889 727

Compared to the last sale, Number 1 Feeder steers 300-500 lbs sold 10.00-11.00 higher, 500-600 lbs sold steady, 600-800 lbs sold 15.00-16.00 higher. Number 1 Feeder heifers 200-400 lbs sold 11.00 higher, 400-600 lbs sold steady, 600-700 lbs sold 14.00 higher. Number 1 Feeder bulls 400-500 lbs sold steady, 500-600 lbs sold 10.00 higher. Cattle supply moderate. Demand good. Feeder cattle supply consisted of 44 percent steers, 6 percent Holstein steers, 29 percent heifers, 21 percent bulls, with 34 percent weighing over 600 lbs. Cattle supply consisted of 366 steers, 394 heifers, and 129 bulls.

Complete report can be found at

Funded by the 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.”

Statewide beef producer meetings

Good Afternoon all,

Welcome to March!! Hopefully most of the bad winter weather is behind us as we prepare for a winter storm.

Regional Annual Meetings are starting: for details and reservations go to the web site under Region tab.

Tonight Region 12 in Troy, NY
March 3 Region 5 in Penniville, NY
March 6 Region 4 in Belmont, NY
March 7 Region 2 in Falconer, NY
March 9 Region 6 in Dryden, NY
March 13 Region 1 in Alden, NY
March 20 Region 3 in Canandaigua, NY
March 20 Region 13 in Salt Point, NY
Region 8/9 was held in February and still waiting final details on Regions 7, 10 and 11

These meetings are open to all with an interest in beef. You don’t have to be a member to attend.

Thank you,
Brenda Bippert
NYBPA Executive Secretary
290 Four Rod Road
Alden, New York 14004
716-902-4305 716-870-2777

Cherry Creek Feeder Calf Auction Results

Though the numbers were low, this report provides some indication of the current market. CherryCrFdr_2-28-17-29.

Additional prices from NYS livestock auctions can be found at

Funded by the 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.”