Stocker Cattle Short Course
Calves purchased/raised for grazing, then sold to a finisher. The term “stocker” was coined by producers referring to animals purchased in the spring to “stock” mountain pastures. The goal is to add weight economically using relatively inexpensive, excess pasture.
The Stocker Short Course is designed for farmers of all experience levels to learn about managing stocker cattle. The course will help you discover your competitive advantage, markets, economic projections, pasture management, business planning.
Topics of study will include
• land acquisition
• cattle procurement
• grazing management
• nutrition and health
• economics and marketing
Internship participation available. Students completing the course will leave with a business plan, practical experience and knowledge to support their entry into the stocker business.
The course is set in two series. The first series begins on Saturday, September (09/30/17) followed by Oct 28 and two evening sessions in November and December (to be determined). The second will be scheduled starting in late January/February. The first series is classroom based; second incorporates more field study. In-person sessions will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office of Allegany County in Belmont. It will also be streamed to remote sites in Chautauqua, Cayuga, Jefferson and Delaware Counties. Additional remote sites may be added. Cost per series is $100/person and $50/person from same family or farm. Fee includes lunch and all materials. To register contact Barb Jones, email@example.com, 607-255-7712. For more information contact Audia Denton, Stocker Short Course Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Specialist, email@example.com, 607-255-5923.