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Multi-state beef tour adds more stops!

Join Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Specialist, and fellow farmers as we embark on a 5-day bus tour of cattle operations in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. We will be leaving Ithaca on Tuesday, September 24th and return Saturday, September 28th. This is likely the last tour that Baker will host. Be sure to be part of history. For $750/person, double occupancy, this is the best vacation you will have.

More details.

Reservations due soon. Contact Mike Baker,, 607-227-6320.

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Livestock Pasture Walk – Franklinville, NY

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 5:30 PM -8:30 PM

CCE Allegany County, together with the SWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team are hosting an evening Livestock Pasture Walk on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Wild Geese Farm 8499 Agett Rd. Franklinville, NY 14737.

Topics include Tools for Managing Rotational Grazed Pasture with Lynn Bliven, CCE Allegany County; Weed ID and Management by Joshua Putman, SWNY Field Crops Specialist and Calculating Cost of Production presented by Katelyn Walley-Stoll, SWNY Business Management Specialist.

Evening event begins at 5:30 PM and will wrap-up at 8:30 PM. A nominal fee of $5 per person will be collected at the farm to help offset costs. So we can best prepare for the meal and materials, please RSVP by August 19th by calling Lynn Bliven (585) 268-7644 ext. 18 or emailing

This event will be held rain or shine, dress accordingly and bring your lawn chair. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and questions throughout the pasture walk. To maintain biosecurity, please wear footwear that can be easily disinfected at the farm or wear the plastic boots that fit over your boots/shoes that will be provided.

Lynn A. Bliven
Agriculture & Natural Resources Issue Leader
Cornell Cooperative Extension Allegany County
5435A County Rd 48
Belmont, NY 14813
585-268-7644 ext. 18

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meetings

The Central New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team (CNYDLFC) of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) will host Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meetings at the following locations:

Wednesday, August 21, at the Osborne Family Farm in Sharon Springs;
Thursday, August 22, at Tiger Lily Holsteins in Oxford;
Monday, August 26, at the Monanfran Farm in Canastota;
Wednesday, August 28, at the Clear Echo Farm in Schuylerville.

All meetings are from 1–3 pm. Registration is required. Register online at or by emailing your information to, or by calling CCE Herkimer County 315-866-7920 no later than one business day before the meeting you wish to attend.

With continued low milk prices, getting the biggest bang for your buck out of your home-grown corn silage can help you get improved performance from your herd while also lowering dependence on purchased feed. Plan to attend one of the on-farm meetings to get up to speed on the latest research-backed strategies you can put to work on your dairy.

We will cover optimum harvest timing, kernel processing scoring, particle size, and recent research on fiber digestibility. In particular we will look at silage quality and yield, harvest and silo management of corn that is late planted and will be frosted before harvest. We’ll also discuss late season leaf diseases that always crop up at the end of the season, weed control, and nitrogen management.

The CNYDLFC Team is a CCE partnership between Cornell University and the CCE Associations in Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, Saratoga and Schoharie Counties. CCE is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact CCE if you have any special needs.

Study Shows Premium in Cattle from BQA Certified Producers

While producers have traditionally participated in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) because it’s the right thing to do, there is sound research that indicates BQA certified producers can benefit financially as well. According to a recent study by the Beef Checkoff-funded BQA program and conducted by Colorado State University (CSU), results show a significant premium for calves and feeder cattle sold through video auction markets.

The study documented a premium of $16.80/head for cattle that had BQA listed in the video lot description. This value was determined by applying the $2.71/cwt premium found in CSU’s statistical analysis to the average weight of cattle in the study data. When the BQA premium was constant on a per head basis, it implied higher weight-based premiums for lighter cattle (for example $3.73/cwt at 450 lbs/head) and lower premiums for heavier cattle ($2.24/cwt at 750 lbs/head).

For full report go to


Asian Longhorned Tick – new concern to livestock producers

From: <> On Behalf Of Jaime Cummings
Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:01 PM
Subject: new news on Asian Longhorned Tick’s capacity to carry a NEW disease to the US.

For anyone unaware of the new Asian longhorned tick, another bad headline about it:

This tick has been identified in NYS.  For more information on this tick visit our NYS IPM web page:


We have no reason to believe that it is not more widely distributed within NY outside where it has been confirmed on the maps.

Please be vigilant in checking livestock for this new pest.

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Beef Quality Assurance Training – Sept 5, Cobleskill

Please see updated information regarding location!

The Central NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team is offering Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training. Beef producers are invited to attend a classroom session and chute-side workshop on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 6 p.m. starting at the CCE Schoharie County office, 173 S Grand St., Cobleskill. Ashley McFarland, CNYDLFC Livestock Specialist, 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.

The cost is free and includes BQA materials. Pre-registration is required by September 2. Register online by clicking on registration link ( or by e-mailing your contact information and number attending to, or by printing off the attached form and mailing to CCE Herkimer County.

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 the New York Beef Producers Association.

An additional goal is bringing its members into compliance to build confidence in buyers who are looking for high quality and well-managed calves at the feeder calf pool sales. As beef production continues to evolve in Central NY, Cornell Cooperative Extension is working to assist regional beef producers to improve profitability and optimize their cattle growth. The Central NY Beef producers will be conducting a tele-auction on December 6th, 2019. Additional calves that meet the quality, weaning, management, and health protocols are still being sought. Contact regional livestock specialist Ashley McFarland for more information at or call (315) 604-2156.


Feeder cattle auction results – Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange – Aug. 4

Compared to last month Feeder Steers sold 4.00-5.00 lower. Feeder Heifers sold mostly 4.00-5.00 lower. Feeder Bulls sold 10.00-12.00 lower. Supply light, demand light. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (30% Steers, 6% Dairy Steers, 47% Heifers, 17% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 56%.

Full report.

Additional NYS cattle auction prices can be found at:

(Funds to support the NYS Market News program come from 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.”).