Cornell Specialist, Beef Producers Discuss Winter Feed Management


Beef producers will have an opportunity Tuesday, October 30, to discuss how weather-related impacts on their feed crops will impact livestock management decisions this fall with Cornell University Beef Extension Specialist Dr. Michael J. Baker. The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) associations of northern New York are offering a 6:30 p.m. program with Baker at CCE Jefferson County in Watertown, with telecasts to the CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm classroom in Canton and CCE offices in Malone, Plattsburgh and Westport.
Due to weather-related crop losses, farmers may need to consider buying feed this year or consider selling stock. This program will help farmers take a feed inventory and estimate how much feed they will need to feed their cattle through the 2012-2013 winter.
CCE livestock educators Ron Kuck and Betsy Hodge will talk about the merits of keeping feeder stock or selling them now, how to buy feed if needed, and how to improve storage to improve feeding efficiency.
Farmers are encouraged to bring information on the types of feed, number of bales, and other feeding program details to the meeting.
Baker will cover feeder cattle grading and update producers on the price survey. Producers interested in an afternoon farm visit by Baker on Tuesday, October 30, or Wednesday, October 31, can contact the local extension office for availability.
The evening program also includes a discussion of using pasture and forage insurance to protect against crop losses.
There is a $5 program fee. Register with the local extension office:
·  Clinton County, Peter Hagar, 518-561-7450,
·  Essex County, Linda Gillilland, 518-962-4810 x416,
·  Franklin County, Diane Dumont, 518-483-7403,
·  Jefferson-Lewis County, Ron Kuck, 315-788-8450,
·  St. Lawrence County, Betsy Hodge, 315-379-9192,