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. 




Relevant Events

2024 Broiler Field Day at Laughing Earth Farm

August 19, 2024 : 2024 Broiler Field Day at Laughing Earth Farm
Cropseyville, NY

Stockmanship and Stewardship 2024

October 25, 2024
Hamburg, NY

Clostridial Disease Prevention by Vaccination in Lambs and Kids

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

Last Modified: June 12, 2024
Clostridial Disease Prevention by Vaccination in Lambs and Kids

Tetanus is affecting quite a few lambs and kids this year. This article reviews how to prevent tetanus and overeating disease (pulpy kidney disease) through vaccination.


NYS Ag and Markets Shares USDA Recs to Minimize HPAI at Cattle Exhibitions

Last Modified: May 28, 2024
NYS Ag and Markets Shares USDA Recs to Minimize HPAI at Cattle Exhibitions

While no cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza have been reported in NYS cattle, the state is sharing federal recommendations for testing and interstate movement of cattle to fairs and shows this summer. Included in this article are links to remain abreast of the most current findings, testing requirements, and biosecurity recommendations for HPAI in cattle.


Coccidia in Chickens

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

Last Modified: May 8, 2024
Coccidia in Chickens

Coccidia are an intestinal parasite of layers and broilers that lead to production losses and death in young flocks. This article investigates the disease cycle, preventative measures, and treatment options available.


Wool Pickup Opportunity - April 21-22 2024

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

Last Modified: April 15, 2024
Wool Pickup Opportunity - April 21-22 2024

Battenkill Fibers will be sending a truck to CNY/WNY on April 21 and 22. Pick up points are in the areas of Syracuse, Rochester, Canadaigua, and Watkins Glen. They are picking up wool for custom processing as well as purchasing some wool.



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 Can I Expect from a Freezer Lamb? by Betsy Hodge

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

Last Modified: April 2, 2024

If you're selling lamb as a whole animal, it's important that your consumers know how much meat will be available to take home and about what to anticipate in terms of cuts. This story follows an unshrunk, wool-on lamb butchered through a cooking and cutting workshop, and shares what to expect.


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.


Brix: The Panacea to Grass-Based Finishing?

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

Last Modified: February 20, 2024
Brix: The Panacea to Grass-Based Finishing?

There are theories that Brix concentration in forages can be used to determine the relative energy value of forages, and that increasing the Brix can put pounds on grass-finished animals faster. This article explores the relationship between plant sugars, pasture conditions, and finishing timelines for grass-based systems.


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.


Tips and Tricks for Feeding Laying Hens

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

Last Modified: January 16, 2024
Tips and Tricks for Feeding Laying Hens

Feeding laying hens doesn't have to be complicated! This article shares feeding recommendations for complete feeds both now and in the summer months as well as guidelines for supplementing with kitchen scraps and/or pasture.


Cornell Sheep Flock Protocols to Manage Listeriosis

Last Modified: December 19, 2023
Cornell Sheep Flock Protocols to Manage Listeriosis

Listeriosis is a bacterial infection of the body, which can result in neurological symptoms, abortion, depression, and sudden death. There is no preventative vaccine, and the only treatment is antibiotics and managing your fermented feeding protocols while working with your farm's veterinarian. 


Cattle Injection Tips

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

Last Modified: December 14, 2023
Cattle Injection Tips

Giving injections of vitamins, vaccinations, dewormers, and antibiotics is a scientific process. Following label instructions, giving injections in the "injection triangle", and opting for sub-cutaneous (sub Q) injections reduces the risk of muscle lesions and trim loss.






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Upcoming Events

Cornell Seed Growers Field Day

July 2, 2024
Ithaca, NY

Sustainable Poultry Production

July 12, 2024
Hamburg, NY

2024 Broiler Field Day at Laughing Earth Farm

August 19, 2024 : 2024 Broiler Field Day at Laughing Earth Farm
Cropseyville, NY

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