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December 31, 2023
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Preparing for Hot Weather by Steve Hadcock

Last Modified: May 29, 2024

As I write this article (5/20/2024), we are experiencing some unusually warm weather. While I hope that some cooler and more seasonable days will return, we can expect many hot, humid days this summer.  Now is a good time to start thinking about how you will protect yourself, your family members, and your employees from heat-related illnesses. 


MeatSuite is a Free Online Database for Farmers to Advertise Bulk Meats

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: April 10, 2024
MeatSuite is a Free Online Database for Farmers to Advertise Bulk Meats

This online database of farms received over 8,300 visits from NYS customers in 2023 and is anticipated to gain momentum into 2024. You can join for free at any time. If you're already a member, this is a friendly reminder to make updates to your page.


What the Ag Census Has to Say About Farm Labor

Katelyn Walley, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: March 20, 2024

The Ag Census counts Hired Farm Labor and collects data on the number of farms with hired labor, the total number of hired farm workers, and the total payroll paid for hired labor. Separately, the number of farms with migrant or contract labor and the total number of migrant workers is also collected. Farms can have both migrant and hired labor, and migrant labor is not included in the total payroll paid nor number of hired farm workers. Many farms also rely on unpaid farm labor that is typically performed by family members, and the ag census collects that data as well (although, it's not included here). 


Northeast Goat and Sheep Dairy Development Grant is Now Accepting Applications!

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: February 26, 2024
Northeast Goat and Sheep Dairy Development Grant is Now Accepting Applications!

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center is now accepting applications for their Goat and Sheep Dairy Development Grants, which can be used for both individual business projects and sector enhancement projects. The deadline to apply is June 6.


Livestock Checkoff Programs 101

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: February 5, 2024
Livestock Checkoff Programs 101

You may have heard of checkoff programs, but aren't sure exactly what they are, or what they mean to you as a livestock producer. This article sheds some light on the basics.


Reporting Winter Storm Damage - It's Important!

Katelyn Walley, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: January 16, 2024
Reporting Winter Storm Damage - It's Important!

Winter's here, and with that comes high winds, heavy snow loads, power outages, and damages that negatively impact your farm business. Katelyn Walley shares the importance of documenting damages and reporting them here, along with key contact information.


2022 National Beef Quality Audit Results

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: October 24, 2023
2022 National Beef Quality Audit Results

Every 5 years, this audit is used to identify trends in the beef market and in beef cattle in general. It also helps the industry gain an understanding of how the implementation of the Beef Quality Assurance Program has helped reduce losses and improve quality.


Please help us add contacts to our SWNY Farm Service Provider Directory!

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: October 3, 2023
Please help us add contacts to our SWNY Farm Service Provider Directory!

We want to know which categories and contacts would be most helpful to you! Please take 2 minutes to answer our anonymous survey at https://tinyurl.com/SWNYServiceProviders.


When Milk Prices Are Lousy - Should You Dream Big?

Katelyn Walley, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: September 20, 2023

Milk price fluctuations dramatically affect dairy farm business planning, and diversification could be a solution. Here, Katelyn Walley-Stoll outlines five diversification options, including value-added dairy, alternative livestock, alternative crops, agritourism, and renewable energy. The importance of risk assessment and financial planning in pursuing these opportunities is emphasized.


Custom CAFO Manure Applicators Required to Register with DEC

Last Modified: July 21, 2023

Affected custom applicators have until January 18th, 2024 to register with DEC on their website and then submit annual report activities. Learn more from CALS PRO-DAIRY here. 


Regulations for Processing Poultry for Sale

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: June 1, 2023
Regulations for Processing Poultry for Sale

Processing regulations surrounding poultry for sale can be confusing. There's much to know regarding what birds you can process, where you can process them, and who you can sell them to. This article outlines the two available options for getting poultry processed in NYS.


RFID Tags - The What, Why, and How

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: May 3, 2023
RFID Tags - The What, Why, and How

RFID tags are one of the USDA-approved official identification tags for cattle, deer, and swine. This article shares some information on what these tags are, how they work, and how you can order them for free for your herd.






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