Immediate Use May 12, 2009
Contact: Jessica Prosper, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin
Improving Beef Production in NNY Ultrasound Workshops Set for
Northern New York -- Ultrasound technology helps beef producers
cost-effectively and efficiently evaluate cattle for market readiness
and breeding potential. Due to the popularity of fall 2008 beef
ultrasound workshops, the Northern New York Agricultural Development
Program is funding more workshops this spring and summer. A first round
of workshops is scheduled for:
• Wednesday, May 27, 4pm, Sunset Farm, Essex, NY
• Thursday, May 28, 4pm, Windy Point Angus Farm, Potsdam, NY
-- program includes a light dinner
• Friday, May 29, 4pm, Herrdale Farm, Lowville, NY.
The workshops offer North Country farmers the opportunity to have their
beef animals scanned at reduced cost. The Northern New York Agricultural
Development Program is funding half of the cost of the ultrasound; cost
to participating farmers is $7 per animal.
“These workshops demonstrate how ultrasound can be used to determine
when animals are ready for market as well as for selecting replacement
heifers and breeding bulls,” says series organizer Jessica Prosper, a
farm business management specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension
of Franklin County.
Purebred Polled Hereford manager Gregory Bigelow of Sunset Farm has 30
years’ experience as a meat cutter. He will be testing his “eye” for
grading beef against the ultrasound results during the May 27 workshop
at his Essex, NY, farm.
Bigelow says, “I am interested to see how ultrasound can be used as
another management tool for deciding which animals to select for
breeding and replacement stock.”
Andy Weaber, general manager of Windy Point Angus in Potsdam, NY, raises
250 head of Registered Angus cattle plus 50 head for his freezer beef
trade. He is interested in ultrasounding as a necessity for marketing
high-end Angus genetics and tracking and selecting genetics for his
purebred herd and feeder cattle.
"We utilize the ultrasound science to help eliminate some of the
guesswork in breeding cattle. The more information we can provide our
customers, the more desirable our cattle are. We are hosting this
important workshop as one way we can encourage producers in the North
Country to accept technology and utilize the tools available to us."
Farmers interested in having cattle ultrasounded may call Prosper for
guidelines that differ by breed, age, and gender.
The ultrasound scan results will be sent to a processing lab in Iowa for
interpretation. At a second set of workshops later this year Cornell
Cooperative Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Mike Baker and Certified
Ultrasound Technician Heather Birdsall will explain how farmers can use
results to make better production and marketing decisions.
To register for the first round of workshops and/or to schedule animals
for ultrasound evaluation, contact Jessica Prosper at 518-483-7403,
More information on beef and livestock production is on the Northern New
York Agricultural Development Program website at www.nnyagdev.org. # # #