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Pate Visit a Success!

Nancy Glazier, Small Farms & Livestock
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

September 30, 2014
Pate Visit a Success!

The National Beef Quality Assurance program offered to assist with expenses to bring stockmanship expert Curt Pate to NY. I am a member of the state committee and quickly volunteered for the task of driving him around the Finger Lakes for 2 days. As time wore on, I became a bit more hesitant. To spend 2 days with a stranger was a little bit unnerving. I think there was a bit of apprehension on his part, too. 

It wasn't long after I picked him up at the hotel near the Rochester airport my concerns were laid to rest. I soon discovered his passions ? family, small farms, grazing, and animal welfare. I could easily relate. He said the gently rolling hills Finger Lakes reminded him of Sweden. The green grass (and everything else!) reminded him of Ireland. I explained things aren't always this green here in August. 

Curt has a wide background working with animals. His grandfather had an auction barn and slaughterhouse. He grew nostalgic at a stop at one of the sale barns. His values came from that time since he grandfather demanded horses and cattle be treated humanely. That stuck with him when he started working horses and then cattle. At all of the clinic stops, Curt took his time getting started with the training. He 'read' the audience and tailored each presentation to the group. He worked dairy or beef cattle at each clinic, which is the format he prefers. He does not use PowerPoint presentations. The toughest crowd was at one of the sale barns working with the employees. He skipped the presentation and we went out to the holding facilities. The employees were in their environment and more willing to talk. Ideas were developed to make the facilities better for both employees and animals. A hot topic was touched upon and will need some further work to remediate. 

Curt is very concerned with consumers perception of animal agriculture. We always need to keep the industry moving forward towards transparency. A quality of life is important for the farmer and livestock. He says it is our duty to care for them and they in turn provide for us. We need to protect them from fear and being alone. Animals have a high tolerance for pain, but we need to protect them from any unnecessary pain. Livestock need to be read before they are worked. Curt took the time to watch them before entering the pens or barns. He moved towards them with confidence and firm pressure. Livestock can sense hesitancy and timidity. All animals have a flight zone, or he liked to call it pressure point. That zone or point was the basis for movement. He 'hooked on' the cattle; he worked to get them to pay attention only to him, gauging the pressure needed for more sensitive ones. 

Curt referenced the Five Freedoms for confined animals at one of our clinics. It sums up a lot of what he believes. It was originally reported in the Brambell Report (1965) and further developed by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) in 1979: 
1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour. 
2. Freedom from Discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area. 
3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment. 
4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind. 
5. Freedom from Fear and Distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering. 

At our last clinic at Rita Partee's Fleur de lis Farm, he said we need to step back and take a look at the day. Did we do things right or could we have done things better. That's a great way to end every day!



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Upcoming Events

Beginning Farmer/Hobby Farmer Workshop $5/pp, class size is limited, so pre-register by April 15th!

April 27, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Canandaigua, NY

This hands-on workshop is for beginning or part-time farmers who would like to improve their farm machinery skills, learn to properly and safely maintain their equipment to protect their investment. If you have been thinking about buying a tractor, new or used, two-wheel or four-wheel drive, compact or utility or more come join us. Topics include: selecting the right size/type tractor for the job; basic maintenance; staying safe around tractors and equipment; attaching implements properly; and information about ROPS and SMV's. There will be time for questions.

Pre-registration requested by April 15, 2019 email Amy with your name, address, and phone number or call 585-394-3977 x 429.
Fee: $5.00/person. Class size is limited.

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2019 Pastured Poultry Seminar, lunch included so please register by May 10th! $25/person

May 18, 2019
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.w/ coffee & donuts with the Program running from 9:00 a.m. - 5 p. m.
Attica, NY

The main speaker this year is Eli Reiff of Mifflinburg Pennsylvania. Eli raises broilers, turkeys, sheep, and beef, all on pasture. Topics to be covered will include the pasture, feed and nutrition, marketing, costs, and much more. As we grow as farm operators and get bigger, we may not pay as much attention to the basics as we should. So those areas are where we will start, and then expand to cover the group's interests.

Mike Badger, Director of the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association will also be available for a round-table discussion. Plans are to have representatives from Farm Bureau, NYCAMH for farm health and safety, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, as well as others.

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Calling all 9th-12th graders! 4th Annual Precision Agriculture Day at Genesee Community College

May 21, 2019
9:00 am - 1:30 pm Register by Friday May 10th! $15/per person includes lunch
Batavia, NY

Calling all 9th-12th graders!  We have an exciting new program for students interested in technology, science, engineering, and agriculture!
Would you like to:
  • Learn about how Drones collect information
  • Check out some potential career opportunities that have new and ever-changing technology
  • Learn how these technologies can be used in our own backyards in WNY
  • Discover potential and exciting career opportunities

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Announcements

Producers Previously Enrolled in the LGM Program Now Eligible for MPP

Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018 Margin Protection Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019.
Eligible producers can enroll during the sign-up period at their local USDA service center. To locate your office, visit farmers.gov.


Smart Farming Team Technical Assistance Grant Application

The Labor Ready Farmer Project is offering grants to provide up to 12 hours of Technical Assistance (TA) consulting services to farms who want to make improvements to their farm's processes in hiring, training, managing or evaluating employees. Applicants will choose from one of the following four areas for TA assistance and identify a specific project. If selected they will be matched with a "Smart Farming Team" of consultants who will provide one on one technical assistance.
  • HIRING EMPLOYEES 101 - GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START
  • ONBOARDING & TRAINING EMPLOYEES QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY
  • FINE-TUNING & IMPROVING THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT
  • H2-A READINESS
Please complete this application and send to Nicole Waters, Beginning Farm Project Coordinator for the Cornell Small Farms Program. The form can be submitted by email, mail or in-person at the address listed below. Please feel free to call or email with any questions.

Nicole Waters - Beginning Farmer Project Coordinator
Plant Science Building, Room 15b
Tower Road, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-9911
Email: nw42@cornell.edu

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.



USDA Announces January Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers First 2019 Dairy Sa

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2019 ? The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

DMC, which replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, is a voluntary risk management program for dairy producers that was authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. DMC offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last week that sign up for 
DMC will open by mid-June of this year. At the time of sign up, producers who elect a DMC coverage level between $8.00 and $9.50 would be eligible for a payment for January 2019.

For example, a dairy operation with an established production history of 3 million pounds (30,000 cwt.) that elects the $9.50 coverage level for 50 percent of its production could potentially be eligible to receive $1,887.50 for January.

Sample calculation:
$9.50 - $7.99 margin = $1.51 difference
$1.51 times 50 percent of production times 2,500 cwt. (30,000 cwt./12) = $1,887.50

The calculated annual premium for coverage at $9.50 on 50 percent of a 3-million-pound production history for this example would be $2,250.

Sample calculation:
3,000,000 times 50 percent = 1,500,000/100 = 15,000 cwt. times 0.150 premium fee = $2,250

Operations making a one-time election to participate in DMC through 2023 are eligible to receive a 25 percent discount on their premium for the existing margin coverage rates.

"Congress created the Dairy Margin Coverage program to provide an important financial safety net for dairy producers, helping them weather shifting milk and feed prices," FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. "This program builds on the previous Margin Protection Program for Dairy, carrying forward many of the program upgrades made last year based on feedback from producers. We're working diligently to implement the DMC program and other FSA programs authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill."

Additional details about DMC and other FSA farm bill program changes can be found at farmers.gov/farmbill.


New Guidance for Mortality Disposal Issued

NYS Department of Ag and Markets has posted guidelines on disposal of livestock carcasses, in response to reports that some rendering companies have halted pickups from farms.

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