Ed Canane

Director, VBPA. Owner Cascade Brook Farm, LLC

Jan 252016


If you’re not sure you’re getting good prices on direct cattle sales from your farm to a buyer, participate in our new DIRECT CATTLE REPORT.

VBPA, in conjunction with the USDA, is looking for direct sellers who are interested in confirming prices on cattle transactions to be kept strictly confidential, but used in a new monthly direct cattle market report from USDA.  This is similar to the current meat marketing report that we began last year.

If you’d like to participate, please contact President@vtbeef.org.  All we need to know is who is buying your cattle on a regular basis and that you’d be willing to confirm pricing when you receive a phone call from us.  Again, none of your data will be published.  It will be used with many others to put together an average price range for various cattle sold direct.  You’ll be able to see if you are getting reasonable prices and compare to the national and regional commission sale barn prices.

VBPA and USDA are working hard to give you the marketing information you need to help grow the beef business in the Northeast.

Jan 142016

This weekend at the 20th Annual VT Grazing & Livestock Conference, VBPA invites you to the annual CALF CLINIC Saturday, January 16, 2015 at 9:00am – when Dr. Kent Anderson of Valleywide Veterinary Services will bring his longtime clinic inside to cover preparation, management and husbandry intervention considerations for a successful calving season.  Dr. Kent places heavy emphasis on the simple basics, “clean, dry, comfortable and well nourished” to minimize stress.  You’ll see tools and procedures for dealing with normal and difficult births. The presentation is informal with questions and discussion encouraged.  We hope to see you at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT Friday and Saturday!

Dec 022015

The “Agricultural Marketing Service” (AMS) of the USDA has been working with New York beef producers to implement a program whereby calves can remain on the farm and be sold from the farm through a live auction held in another location. Vermont sellers and buyers are welcome and encouraged to participate.  If you are in Vermont and want to get in on this sale, please let VBPA know asap, because we need to schedule the VT grader to go to your farm and grade your cattle for the sale.

To find out more about this program click here. The sale is scheduled for December 16 at 3:30 pm.


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