Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County will host a "hoof-to-rail" cattle evaluation workshop Monday, May 18. Cornell beef specialist Dr. Michael Baker will discuss how to observe the physical characteristics that livestock take on as they approach readiness for market. The program will begin at noon at Pleasant Valley Farm in Franklin, owned by Frank and Joan DeBoer.

Following the visit to Pleasant Valley Farm, workshop participants will travel to Steiner Meat Packing in Otego, where Heather Birdsall, a certified ultrasound technician for the South Central New York Area Agriculture Team, will demonstrate beef cattle ultrasound. This process uses high-frequency sound waves to "see inside" while the animal is still alive to help producers get an objective prediction on the carcass composition of their cattle and assist in meeting specific market demands and in the genetic selection and breeding of the herd, presenters said. The program will end at 4 p.m.

Registration and payment are required by Thursday, May 14. The fee is $10 per person, which includes lunch and handouts. Checks should be made out to "Cornell Cooperative Extension" and should indicate "hoof-to-rail" on the check. Payment may be sent to Cornell Cooperative Extension, P.O. Box 184, Hamden, NY 13782. For information or directions, call 865-6531 or e-mail Janet Aldrich at

This program is being funded through a grant from the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education. This material is based upon work supported by USDA/CSREES under Award Number 2007-49200-03888.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Accommodations for people with disabilities may be requested by calling 865-6531 by May 14. Requests after that date will be met when possible.

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