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Empire Yearling Board Sale – Sept 14.

The Board Sale concept was developed to reduce risk of excess transportation, disease exposure, and morbidity by adhering to a strict health and management protocol, and by keeping the cattle on the farm until delivered directly to the buyer. The cattle were auctioned off as listed on a “Board”, sight unseen. However they had been described and graded by USDA Market News Livestock Reporters. This is very similar to the Central New York Feeder Calf Pool but for yearling cattle.

The auction will be held September 14 at Empire Livestock in Bath. Pick-up dates and locations along with weighing conditions may vary, but will be stated in sale catalog. Buyers can bid in person at the Empire Bath facility on Sept 14, or by phone.

Introduction_Yearling_Board Sale_Sept 14.


Flies are bad this year – come learn how to control them

From Betsy Hodge:

Hi Folks,

Just a quick reminder that we have the fly control meetings coming up next week on Tuesday.  Ken will cover organic and conventional methods, thresholds, identification, etc. It’s Free and you can get to see another person’s operation in the process.

Sign up if you can – so we have some idea who is coming. Rain or shine.


BQA training, Cooperstown, July 30

Beef producers are invited to attend a classroom session and chute-side workshop on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Nelson Farm, 490 Mill Rd., Cooperstown. Ashley McFarland, CNYDLFC Livestock Specialist, and Lynn Geoffery, DVM, 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.

Details and registration information.

Planning now for winter feeding

Yes, I did entitle this “winter feeding”. We know that on many farms across NYS, hay quality will be poor due to the constant spring/early summer rain. Now it appears to be heading toward dry, and if like last year, there could be no second cutting. Testing your forage and taking inventory will be extremely important. There is no need to supplement your forage if nutritionally adequate, nor locate additional supplies, if you will have enough.

Nancy Glazier, NWNY Small Farms Specialist sent me the article below. There are some good points to consider now, when planning for this winter feeding season. included are instructions to subscribe to the UNL Beef Watch podcast. While not all are applicable to NE conditions, I have enjoyed listening to them.

UNL_Planning for winter feeding.

Another good article from The Ohio State University Extension, can be found at

Establishing a forage seeding

Hi Folks,
A number of questions have been coming in regarding establishing a forage seeding.

In many places things have dried enough to work some of this fallow ground. The idea of getting a new seeding established this year is a good strategy for acres that were planned for a spring 2019 seeding or were “on deck” for a spring 2020 seeding; however, just because the field conditions are ok right now does not make this a good time to plant a seeding. July is about the worst time to try to establish a seeding.

While we have had plenty of moisture to date (and I have heard many comments along the lines of ‘what difference does a few weeks make’) the weather to date is no guarantee of what the next 4-6 weeks will have in store for us and a few weeks CAN make a big difference.

Challenges of a July seeding (the list is short but the challenges are significant)
• Adequate MOISTURE
• Weed competition (and likelihood weeds will go to seed before a killing frost)

Conversely we don’t want to be too late, the proper timing is late summer, not fall. Have fields prepared and ready to seed as soon as the calendar hits August.

While it is true that there is a risk that field conditions may be ok now and too wet for field work again by the beginning of August, that risk is marginal compared to the cost of a failed seeding.

Companion crops are not recommended with late summer seedings. Their growth results in significant competition to the new seeding and significantly reduces the chances of successful seeding establishment.
• Companion crop out competes the new seeding
• Fall harvest of a new seeding is not recommended no matter how good it looks
• If the weather turns wet and fall clipping of the companion crop is not feasible it is likely to suffocate the seeding during winter/spring

The above are considerations if the desire is to successfully establish a field for 2020 and beyond.

If the more pressing need is forage to harvest in 2019 then leave the alfalfa/grass/clover in the bag until spring 2020 and plan to establish a summer forage crop for harvest this fall. As we enter mid-July, there are still a few options for summer annual forages but you need to look at the cost of them compared to their expected performance given the remaining growing season left. (Editors note: I have heard from a seed sales rep that the availability of cover crop forages is very low – so if considering this you need to get your supplies soon.)


The more time that goes by, the more spring grains become the most viable option for an “emergency” forage. Like a new seeding, early August is the best time to seed them. The most experience for this practice is with oats; however, there are reports of limited supply of oats, so considering other spring grains such as barley or wheat may be necessary. There is not as much information on these options but they can work if oat seed is not available. Also keep in mind that while “bin run” seed may be tempting there are legal issues and risk to your farm (weed seeds, seed viability) with this option.

Joe Lawrence, MS, CCA
Dairy Forage Systems Specialist
272 Morrison Hall

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