Regional beef producers are invited to meet March 6, 2018, 6 p.m. at the new branch office of Farm Credit East, 7397 State Highway 80, in Cooperstown, NY. A panel of buyers and sellers who have participated in earlier Tele-Auctions will discuss future plans of the Central New York Beef Producers’ sales. There will be a live Web-based conference discussion with Scott Baker, Senior Extension Educator in Virginia, who has facilitated similar and evolving sales in his state since 2001.
Reservations for the meeting are encouraged to aid in preparations and notification should inclement weather change plans. Contact the CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties’ office at 607-547-2536, X 0, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Central New York Beef Producers have conducted four tele-auctions since fall 2015. The concept was introduced in Otsego County in February 2015, when Dr. Mike Baker, Cornell State Extension Beef Specialist, spoke to 35 interested producers in Oneonta. Participation has increased and calf numbers have grown with 109 being sold at the October 2017 sale. Methods have improved with each sale. Sixteen local beef breeders from Otsego and neighboring counties have sold over 200 calves weighing between 450 and 850 pounds to nine different buyers. The next sale is planned for April 13, 2018. Participating producers will need to follow developed vaccination, weaning, castration, dehorning protocols to ensure healthy calves for buyers. A follow-up with buyers from recent sales has established that all of the calves sold have remained healthy and are growing well. Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties (CCE) is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities, and provides equal program and employment opportunities. Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting CCE prior to the program at 607.547.2536.