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Beef Cattle Resources

Updates and Announcements

Updated 12/7/20

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:


Thinking of Starting a Red Meat Packing Plant in NYS?

Wed, Dec 9, 2020, 12-1:30pm

This webinar will lay out some of the primary considerations for opening a red meat slaughter and processing facility, from infrastructure to regulations and from labor to financing.

Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Livestock Program Work Team.

Register in advance for this free session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Speaker information.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County will be collaborating with Lewis, St. Lawrence & Clinton county Extensions to host a webinar, How to Better Communicate with Your Local Meat Processor, on Friday, December 18th, 2020 from 7:00pm-8:00pm. Registration is Free. Veterans and Military families are welcome and encouraged to attend!

COVID-19 has encouraged families to raise their own meat, increasing demand for local meat processing. This online class will go over how to effectively communicate, prepare and plan with your local meat processor, understand the difference between USDA and custom cutting and Q&A with local meat processor, Tyler Ebersol, owner and operator of Ebersol’s Custom Cutting, Inc.

This program was created and will be instructed by Gabby Wormuth- Jefferson CCE, Betsy Hodge- St. Lawrence CCE, Mellissa Spence- Lewis CCE and Grace Ott- Clinton CCE.

To register, visit

If you would like more information, need help registering or have any questions, please contact [Gabrielle Wormuth] at 315-788-8450 ext 278 or email

Farm Ready Research – Wisconsin Beef Special Edition

Farm Ready Research is Extension’s agriculture winter webinar meeting series for farmers and ag professionals. Join the webinars to learn the most up-to-date information on topics from dairy and livestock production to farm management resources. Sessions begin December 2020 and run through April 2021. See a full list of topics at

Beef agenda:

  • Using the Estimating Hay Needs and Heifer Enterprise Budget Decision Tools December 8, 2020
    Amanda Cauffman, Bill Halfman, Carolyn Ihde, Ryan Sterry, UW-Madison Extension Livestock Program Educators
  • An Update on Mineral and Vitamin Needs for Beef Cattle* January 12, 2021
    Dr. Stephanie Hansen, Iowa State University
  • Driftless Region Beef Conference January 26-28, 2021
    Register at:
  • Management of Newly Weaned Calves in the Feedlot* February 9, 2021
    Dr. Dan Thompson, DVM, Iowa State University
  • Hairy Heel Wart: A Threat for the Health and Production of Cattle in Beef Operations* February 23, 2021. Dr. Doerte Doepfer, UW-Madison School of Veterinarian Medicine
  • Pasture Weed Management March 9, 2021Dr. Mark Renz, UW-Madison Extension Specialist
  • Direct Marketing Meat and Introduction to Meat Suite March 23, 2021. Matt LeRoux, Cornell Cooperative Extension

UW-Madison Extension Cow/Calf Days and Wisconsin Feeder Workshops will be combined to create the Wisconsin Beef Special Edition Webinar Series. Join your local Extension Livestock Program Educators, UW Outreach Specialist, and esteemed keynote speakers as they present current topics on beef production. Take the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experts on the following date or listen to the recording when it works best for you (registration required). Each session will begin at 7:00 PM CT with a presentation followed by a Q& A session until 8:30 PM CT.

Register here:

Thirteenth Annual Winter Green Up Grazing Conference

Join us at our thirteenth Winter Green-Up, the Capital District’s original grazing conference!
January 13, 20 & 27, 2021, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM EST—Online Zoom Meeting
Three sessions—$35 • Two sessions—$25 • One session—$15 • prices are per person
Links to the Zoom meetings will be emailed to you after registration.
For questions, contact Ashley Pierce at 518-649-0267/
For assistance with registration, 518-765-2518/

Program agenda.

Direct Marketing Beef? Beef Checkoff Hosts Marketing Webinar Series

COVID-19 has greatly impacted consumers’ day to day life and food purchasing, but throughout 2020 we continue to see a strong demand for beef. Many consumers are turning to local farmers to meet this demand. The New York Beef Council will be hosting a series of webinars throughout the winter for beef farmers marketing beef direct to consumers.

Join Jean O’Toole, Executive Director of the New York Beef Council as she shares her passion & tips of best practices for marketing your farm and beef direct to consumers. Jean has 15 years of experience in marketing and promoting beef and a previous career in foodservice. All webinars are free and will be hosted via Zoom.

  • Learning Your Beef Cuts
    Thursday, January 14th
    7:00 PM—8:00 PM
  • Marketing & Cooking Underutilized Cuts
    Thursday, February 11th
    7:00 PM—8:00 PM
  • Adding Value to Your Marketing Display
    Thursday, March 11th
    7:00 PM—8:00 PM

For more information visit Pre-register to Katherine Staiger, or 315-339-6922.

Share your beef story

How it Works: Throughout the month of February a series of weekly webinars will assist participants in developing their knowledge and confidence in advocating for beef.
Who Should Participate: Beef Farmers, Industry Representatives, or Youth over 16 years old interested in gaining new skills and confidence in promoting beef.

Register Online: Visit
Questions or Concerns? Please contact Katherine Staiger, 845-325-4721


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

Raising Pasture Finished Beef

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 November 18, 2021