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Dairy and Beef Producers to Hear Cattle Feeder Present Emerging Revenue Opportunities

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CANTON — Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County will host cattle feeder Ed Primrose at a beef producers’ farm tour and dinner event on September 4. The tour begins at 5:30 p.m. at Joe Eisele’s Northern Limits Farm at 6900 County Route 27; dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. at The Club in Canton. The Canton Animal Clinic and Merck are sponsoring the free dinner.

Primrose of Conquest Cattle Feeders, LLC, a beef finishing operation in Cato, New York, will talk about developing stocker-backgrounder beef operations from a feeder’s perspective.

Primrose purchases feeder calves from farms in Northern New York and grows them out to market size. Primrose also grows corn and soybeans, built a new cattle-handling facility and bedded pack barn in 2011 and makes efficient use of pasturing his animals.

Primrose will also share his outlook for the future beef market.

Betsy Hodge, a livestock specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, says, ‘One strategy to increase the supply of beef is for dairy farmers to breed their low group of dairy cows to beef bulls to increase farm income through the sale of beef animals. That creates a need for more people to background those animals, however, traditional cattle feeders are not necessarily looking for half dairy animals. This program will cover what a cattle feeder thinks of this practice.’

Backgrounding, the raising of calves from about 500 to 800 pounds, until they are big enough for finishing at the feedlot for market sale, is an emerging opportunity in the agricultural industry. Backgrounders manage the health and weight gain of the animals so they properly develop frame before going on to be finished by cattle feeders for the consumer marketplace.

To register for the September 4 event, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 379-9192 or email bmf9@cornell.edu. Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities and helps you put knowledge to work.

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