May 5, 2011
Contact: Betsy Hodge, 315-379-9192
Northern NY Beef Week Programs Set for May 31-June 3
Northern New York – Producing local beef is becoming an increasingly
popular farm enterprise in Northern New York, and, more importantly,
buying Northern NY-raised beef is also gaining interest. Pineland Farms
Natural Meats Procurement Specialist Kevin Woltemath will join Cornell
University Extension Beef Specialist Dr. Mike Baker as speakers for the
May 31-June 31 Northern NY Beef Week programs in Plattsburgh, Malone,
Watertown, and Canton.
Woltemath is looking to buy approximately 150-200 beef animals per month
to feed at Pineland Farms Natural Meats newly-purchased feeding facility
in Hopkinton, NY. The animals, however, must meet the requirements of
the New Gloucester, Maine-based company that sells both fresh beef and
packaged beef products.
“Our animals never-ever receive antibiotics, growth hormones or animal
by-products, and I will be talking with the Northern New York producers
about how to qualify their animals under the Global Animal Partnership
Certification Program that our largest buyer requires to meet consumer
demand,” Woltemath says.
Dr. Baker will be talking about preparing feeder calves for market.
“To ensure a beef product that is acceptable to the consumer while being
profitable to the seller and the buyer, cow/calf producers need to
understand weaning strategies, nutrient requirements and disease
prevention practices,” Baker says.
He will present data from research documenting which practices farmers
can use to increase their competitiveness and profitability, while
increasing the demand for their calves.”
The 7pm-start Northern New York Beef Week programs, offered by the
Cornell Cooperative Extension associations of Northern New York, will be
• Tuesday, May 31 at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Plattsburgh,
• Wednesday, June 1 at North Country Community College, Malone,
• Thursday, June 2 at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Watertown,
• Friday, June 3 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence
County Extension Learning Farm, Canton, 315-379-9192.
Pre-registration is appreciated for materials preparation. There is a $5
evening program fee.
Producers who have calves on the ground already this spring and are
interested in farm visits in the local area the day of each program may
call Betsy Hodge at 315-379-9192 to arrange a time. #