Feeder Calf Auction Report

Thanks to funding from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, a Stocker Initiative (http://blogs.cornell.edu/beefcattle/eventsprograms/) has been launched. Part of this initiative is the reporting of several livestock auctions throughout New York to increase information that producers can use to make purchasing and marketing decisions.

The most recent Feeder Calf Sale report is shown here: Finger_Lakes Feeder Cattle. A complete listing of auctions being reported can be found: https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/livestock-poultry-and-grain-list-reports.


Risk Management Program for Women

ANNIE’S PROJECT: Risk Management for Farm Women
Wednesdays, Starting March 1st
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County

Annie’s Project is a six-week course designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participant’s questions, and hands on training.

Annie’s Project is designed for farm women who have been in farming or part of farming for three to five years, and want to develop their understanding, interpretation, and opportunities in sustainable agriculture. The series is still applicable for those looking to get into farming, or with only a few years experience. Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations.

Annie’s Project provides education in production, price or market, financial, institutional and legal, and human and personal risk. At the end of six weeks, participants will —
· Understand personality types to communicate better with business partners
· Determine coverage levels for health, life, disability, and long-term care insurance
· Put family living expenses together with other costs of doing business on the farm
· Interpret balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow projections to make business decisions
· Review labor laws, requirements, and their implications.
· Understand how assets are titled and learn about estate planning tools
· Consider available Marketing Opportunities
· Review Farm Service Agency deadlines and implications
· Review Natural Resource Conservation Service deadlines and implications

The cost is $75 for the series and includes dinner each night, a workbook, access to financial and legal advice, and support from a variety of community partners. The series will take place on Wednesdays, March 1st through April 5th, 10am-2pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension – Broome County. This session we are giving special preference for spots to sign up for women veterans interested in getting into agriculture.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22882.
Online registration can be accessed at: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/2017winteranniesprojectclassic_203.

Questions can be directed to Laura Biasillo at (607) 584-5007 or lw257@cornell.edu.

Meat Institute launches new MyMeatUp app to aid shoppers

MeatingPlace.com, by Rita Jane Gabbett on 1/24/2017

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has unveiled mobile app aimed at helping consumers become more confident when buying meat and poultry.

The free MyMeatUp app is the only available app with a full guide to beef, pork, lamb and veal retail meat cuts, and draws on content from www.MyMeatUp.org, a resource that was launched in 2016.

“This dynamic, interactive app offers consumers a convenient, go-to guide that will equip shoppers with essential tips when buying, preparing and cooking meat and poultry products,” said NAMI President and CEO Barry Carpenter. “It is a great resource, particularly for younger shoppers just starting to navigate the grocery store on their own for themselves and their families, to answer any questions they have about the meat in the case.”

Consumers, especially millennial shoppers, often express uncertainty about how to select and prepare meat and poultry products sold at retail. MyMeatUp addresses that with its cuts of meat feature that visually displays the most common retail beef, veal, pork and lamb cuts. By selecting a specific part of an animal, shoppers can view images of common retail cuts, along with corresponding explanations, creative recipe ideas and proper cooking methods.

Beyond the guide to different cuts, MyMeatUp offers a searchable glossary of common terms found on meat product labels, such as “natural,” “grass-fed,” “antibiotic-free” and “no hormones added,” among others. The app also addresses common questions about the meat and poultry industry including antibiotic use in animal agriculture, animal welfare practices, environmental concerns and nutrition facts. It includes important food safety and preparation tips, along with a video guide to using a meat thermometer.

The app is available to both iPhone and Android users.  To download the iPhone version, click here.

The Android version is available here.


New England Meat Conference – April 28-29, 2017

Save the date, Manchester, NH. Educational workshops, live demos, trade show and more. For details, go to NE_MeatConference_SaveTheDate.

2017 marks our 3rd conference. The New England Meat Conference steering committee is soliciting presentations and workshops on topics relevant to meat industry professionals.

Conference presentations should fall into 1 of 5 categories:

  1. Production
  2. Processing
  3. Marketing
  4. Value-Add Butchering and Product Production
  5. Business and Industry Issues

Additional information and application can be found at NE_MeatConference.

Think Inside the Box: Containerized Meat Processing Solutions

On Behalf Of Rebecca Thistlethwaite
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2017 6:46 PM
To: nmpan@googlegroups.com
Subject: {NMPAN} Reminder: Think Inside the Box webinar this Thursday, Jan. 26th

A reminder that our first webinar of 2017 is this week. Please pre-register if you plan to attend, that way you will be sent the hyperlink to join the Zoom webinar. If you cannot attend, we will be posting a recording of the webinar to our YouTube channel by next week.

A Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar
Date: January 26th, 2017
Time: 9am PST/12pm EST

Duration: One hour

How to Attend: Pre-register at this link, afterwhich you will be sent the Zoom webinar link to participate. Recommended that you do this at least 10 minutes before the webinar starts.


Building a meat processing plant is not easy nor inexpensive. What if there were models that were quicker to build, faster to get online, and required less capital, particularly for smaller-scale producers? In this webinar we will hear about two such shipping container meat plant models, one for red meat and the other for poultry. Dr. Michele Pfannestiel will discuss her Locker model and David Schafer will share his Plant in the Box unit. Hear about the design, equipment, site requirements, costs, and economics.

All NMPAN webinars are open to the public and free of charge.

Producing High Health Calves

From Nancy Glazier, Cornell Cooperative Extension, NWNY Team

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. I attended the Beef Quality Assurance State Coordinators meeting and Cattlemen’s College®. The college was broken down into breakout sessions with six presentations to choose from; it was a tough choice. Tracks included Healthy Cattle, Healthy Business; Advances in Cattle Nutrition; Industry Hot Topics; Your Business, Our Industry; Evolving Beef Production; Creating the Future. I tried to pick and choose a variety for the three sessions available. This article will highlight the presentation, Producing High Health Calves with presenter W. Mark Hilton, DVM, Clinical Professor, Food Animal Production Medicine at Purdue University. For entire article, go to High_Health_Calves.

Beef Up Your Marketing with the New York Beef Council – Jan. 25

Beef producers who want to take their marketing to the next level in 2017 won’t want to miss Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario’s workshop Beef Up Your Marketing with the New York State Beef Council. Speaker Jean O’Toole, Director of Integrated Marketing Communications with the New York Beef Council, will present on marketing strategies for beef producers to better connect with their customers. Jean will provide participants with marketing strategies, information on the latest trends in consumer beef consumption including how to use different cuts of meat, and explain the variety of resources the New York Beef Council has to offer producers.

The New York Beef Council works to increase consumer demand for beef and veal. They have extensive expertise informing the public about beef, including promotion and education. In addition to marketing to consumers, The New York Beef Council also supports beef producers with access to resources such as the Beef Quality Assurance program. Learn more about what the New York Beed Council has to offer your farm at this workshop!

The Beef Up Your Marketing workshop will take place on January 25 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario’s offices at 480 N Main Street in Canandaigua. Cost is $10 per person or $15 per farm. Register online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/Beef_232, or call Nancy Anderson at 585.394.3977 x427. For more information or questions, contact Marie Anselm at ma882@cornell.edu.