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. 




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Beef x Dairy Workshop - Postponed to Winter time!

April 27, 2022
November 23, 2022

Managing Heat Stress in Cow-Calf Operations by Mark Johnson

Last Modified: June 20, 2022
Managing Heat Stress in Cow-Calf Operations by Mark Johnson

When the weather gets warm suddenly and when there are long stretches of hot days, cattle will undergo heat stress. Management tactics such as working cattle in the early morning; providing ample, clean, cool water; providing shade; increasing airflow; and controlling flies are all important to help limit the effects of heat on cattle.


SUNY Cobleskill Announces Fall Meat Processing and Food Safety Class

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

Last Modified: June 20, 2022
SUNY Cobleskill Announces Fall Meat Processing and Food Safety Class

The Fall Meat Processing and Food Safety Certificate Program at SUNY Cobleskill is now accepting registrants. This intensive 4-week-long course will take participants through the processing of lamb, goat, hogs, and beef as well as provide HACCP training.


Dealing with Marek's Disease in Chickens

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

Last Modified: June 13, 2022
Dealing with Marek's Disease in Chickens

Marek's Disease can be devastating in flocks and is one of the most common flock illnesses. However, with attention to flock health and vaccination of new arrivals, it can be easily managed.


Live Bans for Fowl Shows, Swaps, Meets, Auctions, and Sales Have Been Lifted

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

Last Modified: June 7, 2022
Live Bans for Fowl Shows, Swaps, Meets, Auctions, and Sales Have Been Lifted

Officials have made the decision to lift the bans on fowl shows, swaps, meets, auctions, and sales. White poultry shows and commerce are getting back to normal, we still need to take precautions to keep our birds safe from Avian Flu.


Managing Heat Stress by Paul Beck

Last Modified: June 7, 2022
Managing Heat Stress by Paul Beck

Heat stress, especially when experienced before livestock are acclimated, can result in reduced performance, illness, and/or death. Small changes to management strategies can help animals overcome these challenges.


New York State Farm Directory launching in June 2022

Last Modified: June 2, 2022
New York State Farm Directory launching in June 2022

From our friends at Cornell CALS 

As part of Cornell Cooperative Extension's role in strengthening New York State agriculture, we are helping to spread word of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' plans to launch a statewide online Farm Directory. 


NYS Offers Heard Health Assistance to Cattle and Small Ruminant Producers

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

Last Modified: May 31, 2022
NYS Offers Heard Health Assistance to Cattle and Small Ruminant Producers

The New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program (NYSCHAP) and the New York State Sheep/Goat Health Assurance Program (NYSSGHAP) were developed to aid producers with setting up whole herd/flock health management programs. The program is provided free of charge.


So, What Adds Value to a Beef Calf?

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

Last Modified: May 31, 2022
So, What Adds Value to a Beef Calf?

Pre-conditioning through castration, vaccinations, weaning, and deworming can all add value to a calf, while providing a robust animal to buyers for their finishing stages of production.


Bottle Feeding Chart for Goat Kids

Last Modified: May 24, 2022
Bottle Feeding Chart for Goat Kids

This chart from the university of Idaho outlines kid weight, the percentage of bodyweight that you're targeting to feed, and what the daily feeding amount should be. It's a handy reference to hang in the barn!


Johne's Disease in Cattle by Dr. Melanie Hemenway

Last Modified: May 24, 2022
Johne's Disease in Cattle by Dr. Melanie Hemenway

This chronic, incurable bacterial infection is difficult to manage, fatal, and can be either fast or slow moving. Learning how to keep it out of the herd and/or control & manage for it to save substantial time and money.


Seeking Participants for Pastured Broiler Cost of Production Study

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

Last Modified: May 13, 2022
Seeking Participants for Pastured Broiler Cost of Production Study

The SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program is currently seeking participant farmers in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben counties to take part in a study that will evaluate the true costs of production in pastured broiler enterprises. Farmers will be compensated for their time on the project. If you're interested in learning more, reach out to Amy Barkley at amb544@cornell.edu or 716-640-0844.


2022 Goat Industry Update

Last Modified: May 9, 2022
2022 Goat Industry Update

This article written by Ken McMillin and Frank Pinkerton gives insight into goat production trends in the United States for this year and years previous. While broad in scope, it will help readers understand goat markets from a whole system prospective.






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