Livestock Processing & Marketing

Livestock Processing & MarketingIn 2015, the New York livestock industry comprised of 110,000 beef cattle, 17,000 meat goats, 76,000 hogs and 80,000 sheep and lambs. Market value of livestock, poultry, and their products sold ranks New York 22nd in the nation.

The industry is experiencing growth and added interest in the production and availability of locally sourced meats and meat products. The prospect of new processing capacity in many parts of New York as well as the development of enhanced educational programs in meat processing at SUNY Cobleskill presents an opportunity for enhanced capacity to support this growth.

The Harvest NY Livestock Processing & Marketing Specialist helps the livestock and meats processing industries assess production and marketing challenges and provides educational resources necessary to guide management practices, enhancing economic development.

Most Recent Livestock Processing & Marketing Content

Pork Cutting Workshop Provides Understanding of Cuts, Marketing, and Food Safety

MacKenzie Waro, Livestock Processing & Marketing Specialist

Last Modified: September 25, 2016
Pork Cutting Workshop Provides Understanding of Cuts, Marketing, and Food Safety

Helping producers figure out that piece of the puzzle is a series of meat processing and marketing classes co-organized by SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell Cooperative Extension's (CCE) Harvest New York economic development and sustainability program. The most recent of these classes held August 24 focused on pork and looked to provide greater understanding of pork cuts, pork marketing, food safety and sausage making. 

Beef Cutting Seminar - A Huge Success!

MacKenzie Waro, Livestock Processing & Marketing Specialist

Last Modified: May 27, 2016
Beef Cutting Seminar - A Huge Success!

SUNY Cobleskill and Harvest New York invited beef producers to hone their skills in a one-day Beef Cutting Seminar on May 25, the first in a new series of meat production classes to be offered throughout the year. The course was taught by SUNY Cobleskill faculty, and Specialists from the Harvest New York program of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The all-day class was designed for producers who are selling to markets, would like to learn to cut their own meats, or are interested in learning about cuts of beef. It covered which cuts are most profitable, quality of meat, what products consumers want, and marketing strategies. Participants learned about the cuts of beef and marketing in a morning classroom session before applying that knowledge in the afternoon to cut a cattle carcass.

NY Loves Food Industry

Last Modified: March 8, 2015
NY Loves Food Industry

New York Loves Food Industry is a resource that showcases New York's major food processors, academic and research institutions and supplier resources. With these maps, it is obvious that New York State is a great place for your food business.

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Upcoming Events

Field to Pint Craft Brewery Tour (Eastern NY)

June 29, 2017
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Hudson Falls, NY

You asked for more New York craft brewery networking opportunities and Harvest NY listened! We're excited to launch our inaugural New York Field to Pint Craft Brewery Tours, which will follow the life-cycle of a pint of locally brewed beer. Visit fields of malting barley right before harvest, witness craft malt houses in action, see hop bines reaching for the sky, and savor the local flavors brewed by our friendly farm breweries. Come prepared to learn about each integral member of the New York craft brewery supply chain, as well as network with new friends. Bus tour will visit Argyle Craft Malt and Hops, Dry Town Hops, and R.S. Taylor and Sons Brewery.
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Food Safety Modernization Act Seminar

July 14, 2017
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
East Aurora, NY

Harvest New York is offering a 4 hour Preventive Controls for Human Food Overview course. This 4 hour seminar is not a substitute for the material presented during the 2.5 day course, but it serves as an overview of the requirements and can be used to gain awareness of the regulation requirements; as food safety team member training; or as a refresher to enhance understanding. Small- to medium-sized businesses are specifically encouraged to attend.
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FSMA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training

August 1 - August 3, 2017

During this 2.5 day Preventive Controls for Human Food - Qualified Individual course participants will learn principles of food safety; how to develop a written hazard analysis; when and how to develop the appropriate preventive controls; fundamentals of good manufacturing practices; monitoring, corrective action, verification and validation; and how to develop a recall plan. Successful completion of this course will result in the participant being given a certificate and qualify them as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual.
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Industrial Hemp: From Seed to Market

New York is one of many states that has adopted an Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, as permitted by the 2014 Farm Bill. In an effort to provide an understanding of the industrial hemp market, as it stands today, Harvest NY compiled information from both primary and secondary sources of information. The contents within our whitepaper, which focus on the crop from seed to market, is heavily summarized, with links included to more in-depth reference data. The NYS Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program is being administered by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. Reference to their guidance document can be found HERE.

Western NY Food Hub looking for produce farmers!

Eden Valley Growers (EVG) is opening their doors to new produce growers interested in selling through wholesale market channels! Dubbed the Western NY Food Hub, this business diversification will provide qualified growers with immediate access to wholesale markets. Based in Erie County, EVG is a vegetable growing farm cooperative that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Recognizing the increasing demand for locally grown food and the considerable assets the cooperative has, both in terms of infrastructure, sales and marketing, they are eager to provide Western NY farmers with a viable market for their produce. Click HERE to see more information.