Livestock

LivestockThe livestock industry in New York totals $2.4 billion. For livestock marketing, New York ranks 39th for cattle and calf production, 20th for egg production, 24th for chicken production excluding broilers, 30th for hog and pig production, and 25th for sheep and lamb production. Our Specialists are able to help livestock producers by offering research-based programming and individual consultations. 




Keeping Your Flock in Production Through the "Off Months"

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

Last Modified: November 29, 2022
Keeping Your Flock in Production Through the

Egg production naturally slows as we approach winter, but there are some proven strategies to keep your flock's production up! These include daylength, hen age, hen breed, and feed and water availability.


Cornell Meat Suite Relaunch - Is Your Profile Up to Date?

Last Modified: November 14, 2022
Cornell Meat Suite Relaunch - Is Your Profile Up to Date?

Cornell's MeatSuite.com has been upgraded with new features that make the program easier to use for both farmers and the public. Farmers are requested to update their profiles if they have one. If you're new to the program, you can create a free profile on www.meatsuite.com to share a little about your farm and to list the bulk order meats you have for sale.


Farm to School Program Looking for Farms to Supply Local Foods to Schools

Last Modified: November 7, 2022
Farm to School Program Looking for Farms to Supply Local Foods to Schools

CCE Harvest New York's Regional Farm-to-School Coordinator Program is looking for farms and food businesses to supply local foods to schools in our region, including meats and dairy products.

 


Fall 2022 Update on the Bird Flu

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

Last Modified: October 26, 2022
Fall 2022 Update on the Bird Flu

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is still a present threat to NYS commercial and backyard poultry producers as cases across the Northeast increase. New York has seen numerous wild bird positives across the state in the past month, with surrounding states having positive cases in commercial and backyard flocks.


Managing for Optimum Body Condition Scores, by Dr. Mark Johnson

Last Modified: September 27, 2022
Managing for Optimum Body Condition Scores, by Dr. Mark Johnson

Body condition scores indicate the fatness or skinniness of an animal and should be a 5.5 in beef cows (6 in heifers) for optimal breeding. Managing the weight of cattle after weaning will influence how well they breed back the following year.


Did the Breeding Take? Pregnancy Verification Options for Your Momma Cows

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

Last Modified: September 19, 2022
Did the Breeding Take? Pregnancy Verification Options for Your Momma Cows

Cows that are able to produce a calf a year are going to be the most efficient for your beef enterprise vs those that either don't take or require multiple breedings annually. Checking for open cows early will help you make culling decisions, and can be done via rectal palpation, ultrasound, or blood test.


Determining Forage Inventories with Pen and Paper

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

Last Modified: September 14, 2022
Determining Forage Inventories with Pen and Paper

Computer-based forage inventory calculators are excellent tools, but a good ol' pen and pad of paper can help you achieve the same result. This article walks you through calculating a forage inventory step-by-step, while also providing an example to follow along with.


The round bale conundrum

Last Modified: September 12, 2022
The round bale conundrum

One of biggest advantages of large round bales is that they can be stored outside with minimal dry matter losses. One of the biggest disadvantages is that they can be stored outside and suffer significant dry matter losses. There lies the conundrum. Read on to learn ways to limit your losses when you don't have a barn to store round bales. 


We are in Deer Worm Season: An update from Dr. tatiana Stanton

Last Modified: September 7, 2022
We are in Deer Worm Season: An update from Dr. tatiana Stanton

At this time of year, small ruminant producers need to watch out for deer worm infections, which increase sharply now compared to other seasons. In this article, Dr. tatiana Stanton reviews how to be prepared.


August 2022 Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

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

Last Modified: August 15, 2022
August 2022 Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

There has been no major update since the last outbreak in a backyard poultry flock on April 6th. However, there are cases still circulating in Western US, with some in the Midwest and along the East Coast. Wild birds in NYS and surrounding states are still testing positive for the virus.


Protecting Pastures from Drought by Fay Benson

Last Modified: August 11, 2022

Drought disrupts grazing operations more than confinement operations since confinement operations plan to have stored feed for their animals so when drought weather hits they have time to react and make alternative plans. It doesn't affect the livestock. As pasture soil dries, grass growth slows, graziers try to keep their rotation going hoping for rain. When it doesn't come they have to change to stored feed which can have a negative effect on livestock production. 


My Feed Dust is Moving!? Grain Mites and How to Manage Them

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

Last Modified: August 3, 2022
My Feed Dust is Moving!? Grain Mites and How to Manage Them

Grain mites are small arachnids that live in cereal grains. They have the potential to reduce nutrient densities of feed and can easily spread around the farm. Managing them when you first notice them can help limit damage.






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Upcoming Events

Economic Feasibility Case Study of Co-Digestion of Manure and Food Waste on a Northern New York Dairy Farm

December 1, 2022

Are you interested in exploring whether a manure and food waste co-digestion enterprise might be feasible at your dairy? This webinar will present the economic feasibility of two scenarios of anaerobic co-digestion on a case dairy farm located in Northern New York.

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Heavy Snow Load Removal For Your Barns

Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY Dairy Environmental Systems offers guidance for heavy snow removal in two resources: Heavy Snow Loads and Do's and Don'ts for Barn Snow Removal.