Beef buyer seeking 200 head per month from North Country; June 3 meeting in Canton
Monday, May 23, 2011 - 6:38 am

CANTON – A beef buyer looking for up to 200 head a month of North Country cattle will inform farmers what standards he expects at a June 3 meeting in Canton.

Pineland Farms Natural Meats Procurement Specialist Kevin Woltemath and Cornell University Extension Beef Specialist Dr. Mike Baker speak at a Northern NY Beef Week program 7 p.m. Friday, June 3 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Learning Farm, Rt. 68.

Woltemath is looking to buy 150 to 200 beef animals per month to feed at Pineland Farms Natural Meats newly purchased feeding facility in Hopkinton. The animals, however, must meet the requirements of the New Gloucester, Maine-based company that sells both fresh beef and packaged beef products.

“Our animals never ever receive antibiotics, growth hormones or animal by-products, and I will be talking with the northern New York producers about how to qualify their animals under the Global Animal Partnership Certification Program that our largest buyer requires to meet consumer demand,” Woltemath says.

Baker will be talking about preparing feeder calves for market.

“To ensure a beef product that is acceptable to the consumer while being profitable to the seller and the buyer, cow/calf producers need to understand weaning strategies, nutrient requirements and disease prevention practices,” Baker says.

He will present data from research documenting which practices farmers can use to increase their competitiveness and profitability while increasing the demand for their calves.

Pre-registration is appreciated for materials preparation. There is a $5 program fee.

Producers who have calves already this spring and are interested in farm visits in the area the day of the program may call Betsy Hodge at 379-9192 to arrange a time.