2-Day Clinic for Livestock Owners: Getting Started with Rotational Grazing

Class:  Friday, August 25 from 10 am – 4 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County
232 Plaza Road (Hannaford Plaza), Kingston, NY

Farm Visit:  Sat., August 26 from 12pm –  2pm
(specific farm location will be sent after registration)

Are you a livestock owner who wants to increase your profits and improve the health of your animals?  Rotational grazing can help your farm!  Learn more at a 2-day hands-on clinic consisting of a class on Friday, August 25 followed by a farm visit on Saturday, August 26.

Jason Detzel, CCE Ulster County Extension Educator, will provide you with practical skills to implement a rotational grazing plan on your property.  Using these techniques you can:
•    lower feed costs
•    improve your pastures
•    decrease farm labor
•    produce healthier animals.

We’ll go over the advantages of rotational versus continuous grazing, calving and breeding considerations, water/forage management, planning a system for your property and more.

Registration:  $20/person or only $10 for Ag Program enrollees, which covers both days of the clinic.  The farm visit on Saturday is encouraged but optional, and you must attend the classroom portion on August 25 to attend the farm visit.

For registration and a printable brochure go to  https://tinyurl.com/Rot-Grazing.  For more information contact Carrie at 845-340-3990 x311 or email cad266@cornell.edu.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the program office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.

For information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s community programs and events go to http://ulster.cce.cornell.edu/.

The Commercial Agriculture Program receives support from the Local Economies Project.

MS Animal Science: Exploring Barriers to Development of Stocker Cattle Operations in New York

Funding is available for a 2-year assistantship for a MS student in the Field of Animal Science in the Graduate School at Cornell University. The project is to identify barriers that prevent more wide-spread stocker cattle operations in the Southern Tier of New York (STNY). STNY includes the counties of Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins, and Tioga. For more information JobDescription.

Webinar: Managing Forage Quality: A Challenging Growing Season – August 2

It’s been a tough growing season. Join us for this PRO-DAIRY webinar to hear practical advice on what can still be done in the field to make life better this coming winter. Our presenters Ron Kuck, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Joe Lawrence, PRO-DAIRY, have extensive experience working with farmers to optimize forage production. They will share practical information that can be used now to impact forage quality and the feeding program. For details go to Managing_Forage_Quality_Webinar.

BQA Training – August 15, 2017 – Oakstone Farm, Fly Creek, NY

Beef producers are invited to attend a classroom session and chute-side workshop at 6 p.m.  Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 108 Bed Bug Hill Rd., Fly Creek, NY. Cornell University Beef Specialist Dr. Mike Baker and Dr. Bill Johnson, owner and lead veterinarian at Leatherstocking Veterinarian Services, will discuss vaccinations and health management in beef cattle. The chute-side workshop will offer demonstration and practice of proper sub-cutaneous injections. Participants will become eligible for “BQA” certification.  Oakstone Farm is hosting the event.

The cost is $15 per person which includes BQA materials. Pre-registration is required by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) at 607-547-2536 (x0), or by e-mailing otsego@cornell.edu.  Pizza, cold drinks, and dessert will be served at 6 p.m. when the classroom session begins.

The national Beef Quality Assurance Program plays an important role in educating producers on best management practices and assuring consumer trust in high quality and safe beef that is produced in the United States. This BQA meeting is sponsored by the Central New York Beef Producers in conjunction with New York Beef Producers Association.

An additional goal is bringing its members into compliance to build confidence in buyers looking for high quality and well-managed calves at the fall and Calf Pool Sales. As beef production continues to evolve in Central NY, CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties is working to assist regional beef producers to improve profitability and optimize cattle growth. The next tele-auction will be conducted on Friday, October 13, 2017. Additional calves that meet quality, weaning, management, and health protocols are still being sought.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties prior to the program.

2017 Corn Diseases and Plant Health in a Wet Growing Season

The current 2017 wet rainy weather and high humidity can create a situation where diseases can
become an issue in corn. While there are several foliar diseases that can occur on corn under
these conditions, gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight have been especially problematic
over the last several years. Gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight can cause yield losses and
the risk of infection may be an issue this year. What should a grower do about it? While applying
protective fungicides is an option, there are several things to consider before spraying. For complete report go to 2017_Corn_Diseases.

Stocker Short Course postponed until September

Once again we find ourselves listening to our customer base. This summer has been a tough one with few days available for hay making and other field activities. As such, devoting a Saturday has been a concern. Therefore, after much deliberation and consult with the various parties, we have decided to postpone the start of the Stocker Short Course until September. We apologize for the confusion that this may create, but in the best interest of everyone’s time we feel this is the best decision. If you are interested in this course, please contact Audia Denton, ad982@cornell.edu, so that we can send you details as they become available. Updates can also be found at https://blogs.cornell.edu/beefcattle/eventsprograms/southern-tier-stocker-initiative/.