July 28, 2008
Contact: Michele Ledoux, 315-376-5270
Northern NY Beef Week Brings Cornell Specialist to Workshops, Farms
In response to the increasing interest in producing beef locally, the
Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Northern New York hosted
Cornell University Beef Specialist Mike Baker for a week of free
cow/calf nutrition and vaccination workshops in late July. Baker also
visited beef farms in the area.
The 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
Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Livestock
Committeeman 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 provided a great opportuniy 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
Baker also worked with farmers on how to utilize a herd health plan and
properly administer vaccinations.
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
For the 2002 Census of Agriculture, farmers in the six Northern New York
counties of New York State, i.e., Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson,
Lewis and St. Lawrence, reported having 821 farms with 10,489 beef cows.
St. Lawrence County reported 321 farms with 3,827 beef cows. Jefferson
County reported 195 farms with 3,427 beef cows. Clinton County reported
96 farms with 480 beef cows. Franklin County reported 95 farms with
1,151 beef cows. Lewis County reported 71 farms with 584 beef cows.
Essex County reported 43 farms with 480 beef cows. # # #