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Beef breeding practices explored at Extension event

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CANTON — A representative of a beef finishing operation will talk about breeding beef and dairy animals together as part of a beef producers farm tour and dinner Thursday.

The tour begins at 5:30 p.m. at Joseph P. Eisele’s Northern Limits Farm, 6900 County Route 27.

Dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. at The Club. Canton Animal Clinic and Merck are sponsoring the dinner, which is free.

Ed Primrose, Conquest Cattle Feeders, Cato, which buys feeder calves and grows them to market size, will share his outlook for the beef market.

“One strategy to increase the supply of beef is for dairy farmers to breed their low group of dairy cows to beef bulls to increase farm income through the sale of beef animals,” said Betsy Hodge, a Cornell Cooperative Extension educator. “However, traditional cattle feeders are not necessarily looking for half-dairy animals. This program will cover what a cattle feeder thinks of this practice.”

To register, call the Extension, 379-9192, or email bmf9@cornell.edu.

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