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 Breakdown: Understanding Pork Cuts When Buying Local Pork

Last Modified: May 10, 2018
Pork Breakdown: Understanding Pork Cuts When Buying Local Pork

The Pork Breakdown rack card contains information pertaining to pork processing, retail pork cuts, and pork resources. The publication was created by CCE Harvest NY and the New York Pork Producers.

Beef Breakdown Brochure: Understanding Beef Cuts When Buying Local Beef

Last Modified: September 1, 2017
Beef Breakdown Brochure: Understanding Beef Cuts When Buying Local Beef

Created by the New York Beef Council and MacKenzie Waro of Harvest NY, the Beef Breakdown brochure contains information pertaining to beef processing, retail beef cuts, and beef resources.

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. 

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Upcoming Events

Fluid Milk Processing for Quality and Safety (Online Course)

July 1 - December 31, 2018

This online workshop (with rolling registration) is designed for those involved and interested in fluid milk processing and testing with the intent of providing the tools to support and improve on quality assurance/control and food safety programs for bottled milks. While the course design assumes participants have some prior knowledge of dairy microbiology & processing (e.g., Dairy Science & Sanitation Course), critical concepts will be reviewed and expanded on for those who do not. This course can be taken as a stand-along program, but it also fulfills the core training requirement of a Cornell Dairy Foods Certificate for Fluid Milk Processing for Quality and Safety after all required prerequisite courses have been taken (e.g., Dairy Science & Sanitation, HACCP, HTST).
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2018 Empire State Barley and Malt Summit

December 12 - December 13, 2018

Liverpool, NY

Save the date! Join us for research-based technical updates, best practices for success, and supply chain networking opportunities.
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Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training: Preventive Controls for Human Food

January 7 - January 9, 2019
2.5 day class
Watertown, NY

The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. This course developed by the FSPCA is the "standardized curriculum" recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a "preventive controls qualified individual."
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Food Safety: Critical for the Success of NY Farms

The CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness with over 128,000 hospitalized. According to the Center for Food Integrity, "food safety" is the third most common food topic searched online. The threat to human health from contaminated foods also represents a major financial risk for New York agriculture.

Harvest NY specialists are leading the effort to keep consumers safe and NYS farms and processing businesses successful in the emerging world of food safety. Despite the diversity of sectors we serve, each of our program areas touch on this topic; from the 4,600+ NY dairy farms, the 64,000 dairy processing jobs, to the 8.5 million residents of New York City. Although we focus on many other issues, Harvest NY recognizes that food safety is essential for New York farmers and consumers.

Read a report about our food safety work across NYS