July 15, 2008|
� Clinton County: Blake Putnam,
July 29-August 2 Northern NY Beef Week
Features Cornell Beef Specialist;
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:
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.
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Number of farms with beef cows, number of beef cows in NNY. Source: 2002 Census of Agriculture