West Virginia University, Cornell Specialists Part of NNY Beef Week; Schedule Farm Visits Ahead
Northern New York – The June 12-15 Northern New York Beef Week includes farm visits by Cornell University Beef Extension Specialist Dr. Michael J. Baker and 7pm evening videolinks with West Virginia University (WVU) Extension Livestock Specialist Dr. Phillip I. Osborne. The evening program fee is $5.
Osborne helped develop and coordinates the West Virginia Beef Quality Assurance Feeder Cattle Marketing Program. He is also an associate professor with the WVU Division of Animal and Nutritional Services. Osborne will speak about the value of pooling cattle for marketing.
The animals sold through West Virginia’s Quality Assurance (QA) Sales are noted for strong genetics and having been raised with industry-accepted, proven health practices.
“Our QA calves have proven to be a valuable risk management investment for both producers and buyers,” says Osborne.
“These workshops are a great opportunity for New York beef producers to learn how to apply West Virginia’s success with pooling calves and cattle to meet larger buyers’ interest in consistent quality and sufficient supply,” says Baker.
NNY producers can call ahead to schedule a farm visit with Baker to receive a fresh evaluation of their handling facilities, and the opportunity to ask questions of the Cornell beef specialist.
The Northern New York Beef Week farm visits and evening program schedule is as follows:
- June 12 – Clinton and Essex County farm visits and 7pm program at CCE Clinton County office, Plattsburgh, register with Peter Hagar at CCE Clinton County, 518-561-7450, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Anita Deming at CCE Essex County, 518-962-4810, email@example.com
- June 13 – Franklin County farm visits and 7 pm program at 911 Emergency Building, Malone, register with Diane Dumont, CCE Franklin County, 518-483-7403, firstname.lastname@example.org
- June 14 – St. Lawrence County farm visits and 7 pm program at the Extension Learning Farm Classroom, Canton, register with Betsy Hodge, 315-379-9192, email@example.com
- June 15 – Jefferson County farm visits and 7pm program at CCE Jefferson County, Watertown, register with Ron Kuck, 315-788-8450, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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