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Beef Cattle Resources

Updates and Announcements

Updated 10/13/20

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

For more information visit the link below:


Design Your Succession Plan

Four weekly Zoom sessions with CCE educators and professionals – including accountants and attorneys – will prepare you to envision, communicate, plan, write and shape the legacy of your family farm business.

When: 6:30pm-8:00pm on October 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2020
What: Remote course via Zoom with activities in an online learning platform between meetings
Cost: $60 per farm family, includes a workbook valued at $20
Registration deadline: September 30 to insure on-time delivery of the workbook.

Program details.

Risk Management Programs for the Livestock Enterprise – Nov 17.

Are you aware of the RISK management programs available to livestock entities?
Join us to learn about programs offered by USDA Risk Management Agency to help offset risk on the livestock and as a whole farm plan. This webinar is designed to assist producers in understanding and finding value in managing downside market disruption with risk tools available. We will have Tristan Peterson and his team members from Certified Crops Advisors on hand to educate our producers on the programs.

Information and registration.

2020 Fall Beef Meeting October 26, 2020

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom
No Cost to Attend
To register, email Rich Toebe at

2020 has been a challenging year for beef farmers with many new external challenges facing you. Although important, there is little you can do about challenges such as COVID-19 market disruptions or a shortage of processing capacity. This meeting will look at two important management opportunities that every farmer can impact on their own farms to increase their farms profitability.

This virtual meeting will review Reproduction and Determining Market Readiness.

More information.

New Course on Beef Management from Cornell Small Farms Program

Beef Cattle Management
Wednesdays: November 4 – December 9, 2020
This new course will show you how having a successful cattle business is about much more than just buying a few head and putting them in a field. Learn about appropriate breeds, marketing strategies, and many more aspects of starting a beef enterprise.

For more information and to register go here.

Livestock Update. The price of feeder calves show expectations equal to slightly higher compared to 2019.

All classes of beef were down as of Oct 1. This due to major packer temporarily down and seasonal patterns. Despite this consumer demand remains robust. Full report.

Legal Entities for Farm Businesses: LLCs and Trusts

South Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Team

This 2-part virtual mini series will cover LLCs and trusts, two legal entities common among agricultural businesses. The sessions are designed to help farmers and rural landowners evaluate whether these legal entities would be appropriate for their individual situations and goals.

Cost is $10 per farm for both sessions. Register to attend the live webinars and receive access to recordings after each session.

SESSION 1: Is an LLC Right for Me?

SESSION 2: What is a Trust & Does My Farm Need One?


Disease and Health 

Beef Herd Health
Coccidiosis: Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment in Sheep, Goats, and Calves
Common Diseases of Grazing Beef Cattle
Common Health Problems of Beef Cattle
New York State Integrated Pest Management: Livestock Resources
The Merck Veterinary Manual

Common Diseases of Grazing Beef Cattle
Grass-fed Beef
Graze Magazine
Grazing Basics for Beginners
Grazing Contracts for Livestock
Grazing Networks for Livestock Producers
Green Grass, Green Jobs: Increasing Livestock Production on Underutilized Grasslands in NYS
Nutrient Management for Pastures
On Pasture
Poisonous Plants to Livestock & Other Animals
Rotational Grazing
Savory Institute - Holistic Land & Livestock Management 
Selecting Cattle to Improve Grazing Distribution Patterns, Rangeland Health and Water Quality
Stockman Grass Farmer

Beef Magazine
Graze Magazine
On Pasture
Stockman Grass Farmer

Basic Beef Production Guidelines
Beef Farm Sustainability Checksheet
Beef Quality Assurance
Cornell Beef Cattle Management
Dairy Beef
Organic Standards for Livestock Production
Penn State Beef Cattle Economics and Budgeting
Penn State Beef Cattle Management Tools
Winter Management of the Beef Cattle Herd

Guide to Direct Marketing Livestock & Poultry
How to Direct Market Your Beef
Organic Standards for Livestock Production
Penn State Beef Cattle Economics and Budgeting
Penn State Beef Marketing Resources

Custom Feeding Cattle
Nutrition and Feeding of the Cow-Calf Herd
Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle
Nutritional Requirements of Beef Cattle
Rations for Growing and Finishing Beef Cattle

Reproduction and Genetics
Breeding, Genetics, and Reproduction
Reproductive Management of Commercial Beef Cows
Reproduction and Genetics
Selecting Cattle to Improve Grazing Distribution Patterns, Rangeland Health and Water Quality

Last updated October 13, 2020