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hudson valley farmers are making responsible meat eating easier

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Attention Northeastern meat eaters! These beautiful farmers, and our friends, over at Cairncrest sell sustainably-raised, small-scale, hand-processed pork (raised on forages, local non-GMO grains, and whey from yogurt manufacturing) and 100% grass fed beef at locations in NY, PA, and VT. Highest quality meat from caring and skilled farmers. Order what you want online and choose a pick-up location!

They are also looking for individuals or groups who might be interested in setting up buyers clubs in the Hudson Valley. So if you are a passionate foodie go-getter in the that area, contact the farm!


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spring beef week programs – march 24-27

From March 24-27, the Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold 2015 Spring Beef Week programs in Canton, Malone, Watertown and Westport, New York to help farmers better understand what beef buyers want and how to produce a consistent supply of cattle that meet their demand. Cattle prices are high, leading some farmers to wonder if beef could become part of their farm’s offerings. At the same time, existing beef producers want to know if there are things they can do to better capture and sustain a viable market into the future.

Two cows grazing hillside beneath tree

Courtesy of the Farm Security Administration photo archive, Library of Congress

The 2015 Spring Beef Week programs will be held at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30pm
Westport, NY: CCE of Essex County office, 3 Sisco Street
Register with Anita Deming at 518-962-4810 or ald6@cornell.edu

Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm
Malone, NY: USDA Building, 151 Finney Boulevard
Register with Diane Dumont at 518-483-7403 or drd9@cornell.edu

Thursday, March 26 at 6:30pm
Canton, NY: CCE St. Lawrence Extension Learning Farm, 2043 State Hwy 68
Register with Betsy Hodge at 315-379-9192 or bmf9@cornell.edu

Friday, March 27 at 6:30pm
Watertown, NY: CCE Jefferson County, 203 N. Hamilton Street
Register with Ron Kuck at 315-788-8450 or rak76@cornell.edu

If you have questions or would like more information about any of the above events, please visit the Spring Beef Week site or contact Betsy Hodge, CCE St. Lawrence County at 315-379-9192 or bmf9@cornell.edu.


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blanket recall: why you should support your local slaughterhouse

A recent NYTimes opinion article begs the public to support your local slaughterhouse. Why? Costs and regulations have caused a sharp decline in slaughterhouse facilities across the state. As a result, small producers in California are being included in a blanket recall for 8.7 million pounds of beef.

Rancho Feeding Corporation Slaughterhouse

 

“Our beef comes from grass-fed cattle. We never use hormones; we feed no drugs. We know the complete history of each animal, from the identity of its mother to where it spent each day of its life. And we knew that all our own cattle received full federal inspections at the slaughterhouse, both ante- and post-mortem.”

Read on for more information