Beef-producer meeting to be held

WESTPORT -- Mike Baker, livestock specialists for Cornell University, along with Dr. Laura Raymond, DVM, will be at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building in Westport Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss several topics of interest to beef producers.

Results of a slaughterhouse study monitoring incidences of large liver flukes will be discussed. Some cases have been found and information is available on the prevalence and its effect on farm-management decisions.

Grain prices and even hay prices are high this winter so feeding a ration that is correct is especially important. Sample feeds and feed analysis will be used to make up sample rations. Minimizing costs but still feeding the correct nutrients will be emphasized. Attendees can bring their own feed analysis to have their ration reviewed.

The new Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law will allow consumers to know where their food comes from. However, there is paperwork involved to verify where animals originate. Come to the meeting and find out more details and what the producer is responsible for.

Baker will also be available to do farm visits during the day. Pre-register with the Cooperative Extension Office for both the meeting and/or farm visits at 962-4810, Ext 0.

New York egg production rises for month

ALBANY -- Egg production on New York farms totaled 98 million eggs in September 2008, up 7 percent from last year, according to Stephen Ropel, director of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York office.

The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4 million, increased 2 percent from September 2007 and the rate of lay increased 4 percent to 2,452 eggs per 100 layers.

A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of 88.2 cents per dozen for eggs sold in September, down 0.1 cents from August and down 11.9 cents from September 2007.

U.S. egg production totaled 7.34 billion during September 2008, down 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.28 billion table eggs and 1.06 billion hatching eggs, of which 990 million were broiler-type and 65 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during September 2008 averaged 334 million, down 2 percent from last year. September egg production per 100 layers was 2,194 eggs, up 1 percent from September 2007.

U.S. egg-type chicks hatched during September 2008 totaled 36.4 million, up 3 percent from September 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 35.5 million on Oct. 1, 2008, up 5 percent from a year ago.

Milk production in state up slightly

ALBANY -- New York dairy herds produced 995 million pounds of milk during September, according to Stephen Ropel, director of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field office.

Milk cows were unchanged from the previous year while milk per cow increased resulting in a 1 percent increase in milk production compared to September 2007. The number of milk cows averaged 626,000 head, unchanged from September of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,590 pounds, up 20 pounds from the September 2007 rate.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $18.50 per hundredweight of milk sold during September, down 60 cents from August and $4.30 below September a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major states during September totaled 14 billion pounds, up 1.9 percent from September 2007. August revised production at 14.6 billion pounds was up 1.7 percent from August 2007.

The August revision represented an increase of 24 million pounds, or 0.2 percent, from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,652 pounds for September, seven pounds above September 2007. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.46 million head, 118,000 head more than September 2007, but 8,000 head fewer than August 2008.

Custom farm services industry topic of meeting

CHAZY -- Opportunities to make custom farming services such as hired plowing, planting, fertilizing, harvesting and heifer raising, profitable for both farmers and service providers will be the topic of a meeting organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of the North Country for Dec. 2 at Miner Institute in Chazy.

These meetings will present the use of custom services as a business strategy for consideration by farmers. For example, using custom services can maintain or improve the forage quality on dairy farms and free farmers to spend more time on such tasks as herd health, breeding and productivity.

Speakers include Jon Orr, owner-manager of Orsson Custom Farming, a father-son limited liability corporation in Apple Creek, Ohio, and Cornell University's PRO-DAIRY Program Dairy Farm Management Specialist Jason Karszes.

Local custom operators and the farmers using their services will also share their experiences.

For more information on the workshop at Chazy, contact Anita Deming, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County, at 962-4810, or Carl Tillinghast, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, at 483-7403

Learn more about agriculture in Northern New York on the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Web site at

Rep. McHugh wins Farm Bureau award

ALBANY -- State and local farm leaders have announced Rep. John McHugh has won the American Farm Bureau Federation's "Friends of Farm Bureau" designation.

The "Friend of Farm Bureau" award is presented every two years based on the individual lawmaker's voting record on issues important to Farm Bureau. The American Farm Bureau Federation is the nation's largest farm organization, and New York Farm Bureau is a member of the national group.

The congressman is appreciated for his work on the recently passed Farm Bill. The bill provides big increases in programs for specialty crops, conservation, research, and energy while maintaining a needed safety net for commodity crops and dairy.

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