July 15, 2008|
Contacts:  local Cornell Cooperative Extension offices can help with farmer interviews:

� Clinton County: Blake Putnam, 518-561-7450
� Essex County: Anita Deming, 518-962-4810
� Franklin County: Bernadette Logozar, 518-483-7403
� Jefferson County: Ron Kuck, 315-788-8450
� Lewis County: Michele Ledoux, 315-376-5270
� St. Lawrence County: Brent Buchanan or Anita Morrill,

July 29-August 2 Northern NY Beef Week Features Cornell Beef Specialist;
Schedule includes workshops and farm visits

In response to the increasing interest in producing beef locally, the Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Northern New York will host Cornell University Beef Specialist Mike Baker for a week of free cow/calf nutrition and vaccination workshops July 29 through Saturday, August 2. Baker will also be visiting beef farms in the area through the week by advance appointment through local Extension offices.

This Northern New York Beef Week program was prompted by a poll of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Livestock Committee and those attending previous beef workshops in the region, says Michele Ledoux, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County.

Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Livestock Committee member Ralph Chase says, �I suspect the numbers of farms and the number of beef cows has increased significantly since the 2002 Census of Agriculture reported there were 821 farms with more than 10,000 head of beef cattle in the six northernmost counties of New York State. Livestock operations contribute significantly to the region�s agricultural economy and activities such as Northern New York Beef Week support the growth of those businesses.�

�These week-long workshops promise to be a great opportunities to learn key information about feeding beef animals as inexpensively as possible while maximizing animal growth potential,� says Ronald A. Kuck, dairy and livestock educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.

Baker will also talk about properly administering herd vaccinations and utilizing a herd health plan.

Bernadette Logozar, a rural development specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County says, �With the high price of hay, grain and fuel, maximizing nutrition and minimizing costs is important in today�s beef management.  The Cooperative Extension is pleased to respond to beef farmers on the types of programs they want and need.�

Pre-registration is required for the Northern New York Beef Week 2008 workshops set for:

  • July 29, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County, 3 Sisco Street, Westport, 6:30-8:30 pm, 518-962-4810
  • July 30, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County, Miner Institute Dairy Barn Classroom, Chazy, 6:30-8:30 pm, 518-561-7450
  • July 31, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, Scott Collins Farm, 321 Porter Road, east of Malone, 6:30-8:30 pm, 518-483-7403
  • August 1, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, Extension Learning Farm, Route 68, Canton, 6:30-8:30 pm, 315-379-9192
  • August 2, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, 203 N. Hamilton Street, Watertown, 9:30am to 11:30am, 315-788-8450 (Jefferson and Lewis County farmers may call this number for on-farm visits).

The Cornell beef specialist will also be making visits to local farms during Northern New York Beef Week 2008. Farmers interested in having Dr. Baker visit their farm can call their local Cornell Cooperative Extension office for available times.

# # #

Number of farms with beef cows, number of beef cows in NNY.  Source: 2002 Census of Agriculture

County                    # of farms with beef cows                        # of beef cows
Clinton                                       96                                                    1,020
Essex                                          43                                                       480
Franklin                                      95                                                    1,151
Jefferson                                   195                                                    3,427
Lewis                                          71                                                       584
St. Lawrence                             321                                                    3,827
TOTALS                                  821                                                   10,489