Are stockers a fit for NY farms?

Take Stocker Survey

Financial analysis of beef stocker enterprises across the US has shown that in 7 of the last 10 years, summer grazing of cattle has been profitable. Despite the abundance of high-quality forage, inexpensive grazing land, and purchased feeder prices below the national average, the number of stocker operations in New York is small. Why?

The Cornell Beef Extension program and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets have teamed up to answer this question. Whether you are actively farming or exploring options, your feedback will be very helpful in discovering the main barriers to entering this profitable enterprise, which is flourishing in bordering states but struggling to get some traction here in NY. Analysis of the data from this survey will be used to support the competitiveness and profitability of NYS beef producers.

Please click on the link below to take the survey. Depending on your answers the survey takes approximately 5 minutes or less. Your participation is confidential.

Take survey.

For more information, contact Audia Denton, Project Manager, 607-255-8497, or Michael Baker, Cornell Beef Extension Specialist, 607-255-5923,

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.”