March 1, 2010 – IMMEDIATE USE
Contact: Betsy Hodge, 315-379-9192; Dr. Mike Baker, 607-255-5923
NNY Spring Beef Week March 9-12 in Watertown, Plattsburgh,
Malone & Canton
What do beef producers need to know to be successful? The Northern New
York Spring 2010 Beef Week road show will provide livestock farmers in
Clinton, Essex Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties with
the latest production and farm business management tips. Programs are
set for March 9 in Watertown, March 10 in Plattsburg, March 11 in Malone
and March 12 in Canton.
The 2010 Northern New York Spring Beef Week agenda includes:
• Dr. Michael E. Baker, Cornell University Beef Specialist: Making
Business Decisions: What you need to know and goals to work toward
• Need New Equipment? Banking industry representatives tell you what you
need to take to the bank to secure a loan
• Jessica Prosper, Farm Business Management Educator with CCE Franklin
and St. Lawrence County: Is There a Beef Farm Business Summary in Your
• Betsy Hodge, Small Livestock Educator with CCE St. Lawrence County:
Quick Assessment of Beef Producer Needs.
“A survey of New York’s beef producers identifies maximizing profit,
minimizing losses, utilizing unused land, and improving quality of life
among the goals for having beef cows,” says Cornell University Beef
Specialist Dr. Mike Baker.
Baker will share data on eight cost and production factors that explain
82 percent of farm-to-farm variations in return to labor and management
on 225 beef farms in Illinois and Iowa.
“Where are Northern New York farms in relation to these cost and
production factors? Cornell University and the Cornell Cooperative
Extension Associations of Northern New York are working with regional
farmers now to build a database documenting the profit potential for
Northern New York livestock producers. That data will help producers
identify critical areas of opportunity,” Baker says.
A Farm Credit East representative and Farm Business Management Educator
Jessica Prosper with CCE Franklin and St. Lawrence County will discuss
recordkeeping and reports that producers can use to secure loan funding
and to improve their farm business profitability.
“In 2010 Northern New York beef producers will have the opportunity to
use a farm business summary process that dairy farmers have used to
benchmark their production against a regional standard. I am looking to
work with farms that have between 5 and 40 brood cows,” Prosper says.
Small Livestock Educator Betsy Hodge with CCE St. Lawrence County says,
“The 2010 Northern New York Spring Beef Week provides an opportunity for
beef producers to identify and prioritize their needs for attention by
Extension and such groups as the Northern New York Agricultural
Development Program that provides access to research, outreach and
Producers are encouraged to register for a 2010 Northern New York Spring
Beef Week program, i.e.:
• Tuesday, March 9, 6:30pm, Watertown: Cornell Cooperative Extension of
Jefferson County, bring a dessert to share; register with 315-788-8450
• Wednesday, March 10, 7:00pm, Plattsburgh: Cornell Cooperative
Extension of Clinton County, $5.00; register with 518-561-7450
• Thursday, March 11, 6:30 pm, Malone: North Country Community College,
$5.00; register with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County,
• Friday, March 12, 6:30pm, Canton: Cornell Cooperative Extension of St.
Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, $5.00, light dinner
refreshments will be provided; register with 315-379-9192.
For more information contact Betsy Hodge at Cornell Cooperative
Extension of St. Lawrence County, 315-379-9192,