Market News Report – Empire Cherry Creek

Albany, NY Wed Aug 15, 2018 USDA – Cornell University

Empire Livestock Auction – Cherry Creek, NY
Cattle and Calf Auction Report for Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cattle Calves
This Week: 133 118
Last Week: 99 127

Compared to last week, Slaughter cattle not tested.
Slaughter Cows sold steady.
Organic Slaughter Cows not tested. Slaughter Bulls not tested. See the Cherry
Creek Replacement Cattle Report for monthly Dairy Heifer Special Sale. Slaughter
cattle sold by the cwt, dairy cattle sold by the head.

Slaughter Cows:
Percent Lean Avg. Dressing High Dressing Low Dressing
Premium White 65-75 ———– ———– ———–
Breakers 75-80 51.00-53.50 54.00-56.00 ———–
Boners 80-85 46.50-53.50 54.00-56.00 39.00-46.00
Lean 88-90 32.00-40.00 42.00-45.00 20.00-30.00

Organic Slaughter Cows: Low Dressing individual 40.00.

Slaughter Bulls: Yield Grade 1 1384-1454 lbs Average Dressing few 73.00-75.50.

Return to Farm Holstein Calves:

Compared to last week, Holstein Bull calves sold steady to 2.00 higher. Holstein
Heifer calves sold steady to 10.00 lower. Dairy/Beef Crossbred calves not tested.
Demand was moderate. All calves sold by the cwt.

Holstein Bull Calves: Number 1 96-118 lbs 85.00-102.50; Number 2 88-106 lbs
62.50-80.00; Number 3 84-116 lbs 42.50-62.50; Utility 72-112 lbs 15.00-40.00.

Holstein Heifer Calves: Number 2 few 88-90 lbs 42.50-47.50; Utility 74-92 lbs
22.50-32.50; Red few 72-80 lbs 10.00-25.00.

Price and grade information is reported by USDA – Cornell University
Department of Animal Science. While market reports reflect the majority
of Livestock sold at each sale, there are instances where animals do
not fit reporting categories and are not included in this report.

Source: USDA – Cornell Dept Anim Sci, NYS Dept Ag & Mkts, Albany, NY
Levi Geyer Acting OIC / Office 717-354-2391
Sam Vanstrom / Market Reporter / Cell 716-338-6151

For all USDA Livestock and Grain market reports:






Farm Meeting to Focus on Silvopasture

Penn State Extension, in cooperation with Cornell Extension, is planning a twilight meeting in Columbia County on Thursday, August 23rd from 6:00 PM until dark. The meeting is for interested livestock owners to learn about development and management of silvopasture. Silvopasture is the combined production of quality timber, forages, and livestock on the same land.

Guest speaker for the event will be Brett Chedzoy from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County. Brett is a regional extension forester and is the forest manager of Cornell’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest. Brett and his family own and operate Angus Glen Farms, LLC in Watkins Glen, NY – a 450 acre grazing operation that extensively utilizes silvopasturing.

Forks Farm is located in Columbia County at 299 Covered Bridge Road, Orangeville, Pa 17859. The farm is owned and operated by the Hopkins Family. The farm has a large amount of land devoted to silvopasture.

The event is being offered for free. It will begin with a light meal at 6:00 PM followed by the meeting starting at 6:30 PM. Interested persons should register by calling Penn State Extension at 877-345-0691 or going online at: Questions about the meeting can be directed to Dave Hartman, Penn State Extension, at 570-433-3040 or Silvopasture_Workshop_Twilight_Meeting..


And this just in…

John Burns is holding a repeat of June’s walk on Wednesday, September 12th at 6 pm, requested by farmers who couldn’t make it. The theme is ‘Farming in Nature’s Image’ with details of mob grazing techniques and advantages. Please arrive at 5:45 for check-in and light refreshments. The cost is $20/person or $30/farm. Farm address: 8475 Morgan Creek Rd: Lindley, NY. For questions, contact John at: 607-369-8908


Brett Chedzoy
Sr. Resource Educator – Ag and Natural Resources
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County
South Central NY Agriculural Team
office: 607-535-7161 – cell: 607-742-3657


Feeder Auction Results – Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Special Feeder Sale – Canandaigua, NY
Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for July 13, 2018

*** Next Feeder Special will be September 8, 2018 @ 10:00am ***

Today Last Sale Year Ago
Receipts: 398 519

Compared to the last sale, Number 1 Feeder steers 500-600 lbs sold 15.00 higher, all other weights sold mostly steady. Feeder Holsteins sold 5.00 higher on a light test. Number 1 Feeder heifers sold 15.00 higher. Number 1 Feeder bulls sold 8.00-10.00 higher. Cattle supply light. Demand light. Feeder cattle supply consisted of 33 percent steers, 7.5 percent Holsteins, 45.5 percent heifers, 14 percent bulls, with 49 percent weighing over 600 lbs. Cattle supply consisted of 139 steers, 171 heifers, and 88 bulls. All prices per cwt.

Full report.

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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.”

Feeder calf auction results – Cherry Creek, August 22

Cherry Creek Steer and Replacement Cattle

Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for 07/25/2018

*** Next Feeder Special will be Wednesday, August 22, 2018 ***

Receipts:     80

Last sale:   105

Compared to last month’s feeder special, Feeder Steers sold steady. Feeder Holstein Steers sold weak on a light test. Feeder Heifers sold steady. Feeder Bulls not tested. Demand was moderate. Today’s feeder cattle supply consisted of 47 percent steers, 5 percent Holstein steers, 40 percent heifers, 8 percent bulls, with 35 percent weighing over 600 lbs. All prices per cwt.


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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.”

Beef Quality Assurance Training to be held at Empire Farm Days, Tuesday August 7th

The New York Beef Council is once again partnering with Cornell University Beef Extension Specialist Dr. Mike Baker to offer Beef Quality Assurance training at Empire Farm Days from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday August 7th, at the showgrounds at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY.

The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program helps beef and dairy producers develop consumer-oriented production systems that combine technology, common sense, and animal well-being practices. The 3-hour educational program at Empire Farm Days will include classroom and chute-side training with live animals on how to properly administer injections to assure animal health and beef quality.

To receive BQA certification, participants will need to demonstrate their ability to give a subcutaneous injection during the chute-side session of the training. The 4:00pm-7:00pm training will include a FREE beef dinner sponsored the New York Beef Producers Association.
To register for the training, contact the Katherine at the New York Beef Council at 315.339.6922 or email Pre-Registration is required by August 3rd.


Reminder – Stocker cattle and more – Aug 1

The primary enterprise on this farm is running 700 head of stockers. This is a good opportunity to learn about an emerging NYS beef enterprise.

Wednesday, August 1 @6:30pm
Cattle Ranch Handling Facilities and Fencing Tour
at Lowell Creek Ranch – 25041 Waddingham Rd., Evans Mills N.Y. (Jefferson County)
Ranch foreman Luke McAllister and Anthony Burkholder of Burkholder Fencing will discuss:
• Receiving, sorting, processing, loading facilities for feeders calves
• Penning and Fencing Systems
• Feeder Calves
• Draft Horses

More info and RSVP
Ron Kuck CCE Jefferson 315-704-8810
Mellissa Spence CCE Lewis 315-376-5274
Betsy Hodge CCE St. Lawrence 315-379-9192 x227

Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County and NYBPA Region7

BQA certification opportunities planned

Beef Quality Assurance – It’s the right thing to do for your customer


There are multiple benefits to becoming Beef Quality Assurance certified. BQA is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to sharing beef’s story and promoting your farm. Not only does it support discussions regarding the safety and wholesomeness of beef, but can assist in building trust with your customers, neighbors, and all beef consumers. In addition BQA level II certification is now required for the newly launched New York State Grown and Certified program (  This program goes beyond other State marketing programs, by addressing consumer concerns about food safety and environmental stewardship. Whether your farm is marketing direct to consumers or through other market channels it is your responsibility to produce the highest, quality and safest beef. Beef customers are becoming increasingly curious about and critical of the way their food is produced. Becoming BQA certified is an essential investment in your business which works toward protecting and promoting the beef cattle industry.

Click for complete BQA Schedule.