September 17, 2007
Press Release: Use before October 5, 2007
Contacts: Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Program,
607-255-5923; Cornell Cooperative Extension: Jefferson County:
315-788-8450, Lewis County: 315-376-5270, St. Lawrence County:
October 5-6 Tour to Highlight Beef Production in NNY
A two-day tour of beef farms in Northern New York will provide producers
with the opportunity to see businesses from seed stock and cow-calf
operations to a small USDA-inspected slaughterhouse with its own herd.
The October 5-6, 2007, Beef Production Tour in Northern New York
includes stops at:
Island Branch Cattle Company, Gouverneur
Lone Elm Farm, Bombay
Croghan Meat Market, Croghan
Adirondack Beef Company, Croghan
Holmdale Farms, Adams.
Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Tobey with Novartis Animal Health, Inc. will
speak on management practices to improve the health of feeder calves and
the cow herd as part of a local products meal at Lake Clear. Friday
evening lodging will be at the historic Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake.
The Saturday lunch includes a presentation on the Maple Ridge Wind Farm
The breeds of cattle raised by the farms on the tour include registered
Red and Black Angus, Hereford, Simmental, American British White Park,
Shorthorn, and crossbreds.
Among the management practices that will be presented on the tour are
marketing through the Cornell University Pooled Weaning and Value
Discovery programs, selling natural beef and freezer beef, producing
specialty bolognas and sausages, marketing to restaurants and at farmers
markets, rotational grazing, and a bull loan program.
Cornell Beef Extension Specialist Mike Baker co-organized the tour with
the Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Program Cornell Cooperative Extensions
of Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties, and the New
York Beef Producers Association. He says, �Whether you are new to the
beef production business or a seasoned veteran, this tour offers new
learning opportunity at every stop. Participants will gain valuable
information on feeding, grazing, calf raising, cow herd health,
processing options and marketing.�
The Beef Production in Northern New York Tour, sponsored by Novartis
Animal Vaccines, begins Friday, October 5th in Syracuse and ends there
Saturday, October 6th. Tour options include taking the bus tour that
includes transportation, lodging, breakfast and dinner for $135 based on
double occupancy, and one and two-day options that vary in pricing from
$12 to $50 per person for those wishing to provide their own
transportation. For more information and reservations for the tour,
contact Mike Baker at 607-255-5923.