Alfalfa-grass stands have begun to reach and surpass peak quality this week. Alfalfa heights gained about 6”. Earlier heading grasses, such as native species and orchardgrass, are flowering in many fields. 90 to100% Grass fields are now at or above target NDF and are declining in quality. Mixed stands with 40-60% grass or more will be at or beyond peak quality within the next week.
It’s too late to fertilize grass hay fields with N for first cutting. Fertilize with N for 2nd cutting immediately after 1st cutting. Once grasses have reached later phases of vegetative growth, they will not respond to N well and the investment in fertility will not yield a good return.
Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, says now is the time to mow grass fields for ideal forage for finishing beef cattle on an all-forage diet.
Check each of your grass fields to assess maturity – it will vary slightly from field to field and from grass species to species.
Click this link to this week’s report, hosted on our website NNY_Forage_Quality_Monitor.
For additional resources go to https://ncrat.cce.cornell.edu/topic.php?id=23#topbox
Kitty O’Neil, PhD, CCA
Field Crops & Soils Specialist and Team Leader
Cornell University Cooperative Extension
North Country Regional Ag Team
Climate Smart Farming Team
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A good cattle handling system is one of the best investments a farm can make. That will be part of the discussion at Wilmar Farm, the home of Bill & Marie Kuipers in Gainesville on June 14.
This event qualifies for the chute side portion of BQA certification as well as re-certification credit. Let me know if you have any questions or are interested in registering, More_information.
NWNY Dairy Livestock & Field Crops Team
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Allegany County
If profitability is a goal of your operation the first step in knowing the annual cost it takes to keep a cow. The data to develop these Profitability charts were collected and assembled by CattleFax.
Are you a high or low return producer? If interested in learning how to analyze your costs, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator, select “Field Staff” at http://blogs.cornell.edu/beefcattle/ or Mike Baker, PhD, Cornell Beef Extension Specialist, email@example.com, 607-255-5923. There is also information on the Beef Farm Business Summary at this same location under “Producer Resources”.
CattleFax is an information and analysis service designed to meet the unique needs of the beef and agricultural industries. For more information go to https://www.cattlefax.com/.
Just a reminder that we have a necropsy demo at the St. Lawrence Cooperative Extension Farm, http://stlawrence.cce.cornell.edu/map on Thursday evening at 6:00 pm. Dr. Amy Thompson, DVM, will be doing the teaching. We will most likely be looking at a calf. Come and see what the organs look like, what they should look like, etc. Ask questions and learn about what a necropsy can tell you about your animals and their health.
I haven’t heard from many people…I am guessing you are trying to do crop work…or getting ready to leave for a long weekend. Please let me know if you are planning to attend. Just reply to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s all for now. Hope to see you Thursday!
PS – if you followed a recent post, http://blogs.cornell.edu/beefcattle/2018/05/09/mystery-disease-identified-and-why-a-necropsy-is-important/, you saw that doing a necropsy identified a disease that resulted in a change to the herd health program.
Grass is a Go, Time to Mow
May 17, 2018
Hay has grown rapidly during the past week and many grass fields have reached target NDF. A few grass fields are slightly below target but we would expect most to reach the target within the week. Several mixed stands with less than 50% legume are also near target NDF as of this sampling. We recommend starting grass harvest as soon as is practical. Mixed stands with less than 50% legume content should be considered for harvest soon. Mixed stand with more than 50% Legume content look to be at least a week away from target NDF.
Full report: Delaware_County_Scissor_Cut_5_17_18.
Compared to the last sale, Number 1 Feeder steers sold 5.00-6.00 higher, with the exception of 200-300 lbs steers which sold 10.00 higher. Feeder Holsteins sold 15 higher. Number 1 Feeder heifers sold 8.00-9.00 higher. Number 1 Feeder bulls sold 12.00 higher. Cattle supply moderate. Demand very good. Feeder cattle supply consisted of 39 percent steers, 6 percent Holsteins, 43 percent heifers, 12 percent bulls, with 40 percent weighing over 600 lbs. Cattle supply consisted of 295 steers, 270 heifers, and 75 bulls.
Full report FLLE_5-5-18
For more NYS Auction reports go to https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/livestock-poultry-and-grain-list-reports
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.”
A review by Len Steiner of the Steiner Consulting Group showed that USDA made some notable adjustments to its forecasts for 2018 beef production. Gone is the expected 10% jump in Q2 beef production that was presented in the April report. Now USDA is forecasting Q2 production to be up 5.4% compared to the previous year. Some of this reflects the slower pace of slaughter in April. Production growth in Q3 was revised from 4.3% to 2.9% while Q4 was revised down from 5.1% to 4.9%. For the year USDA now is forecasting beef production to be 27.278 billion pounds, some 424 million pounds less than the forecast presented a month ago. This volume represents a 3.9% increase from year ago levels. Only minor adjustments were made to import/export forecasts so the change in per capita consumption is largely driven by the downward revision in production forecasts. Currently USDA is forecasting 2018 per capita consumption on a retail basis to be 58.1 pounds per person, 1.5% less than in last month’s forecast but still 2.1% higher than a year ago. Beef production in 2019 is expected to increase a rather modest 1.8% compared to 2018 levels while per capita consumption next year is forecast at 58.8 pounds per person, up 1.2%. For more complete information go to http://www.dailylivestockreport.com.