Stocker Cattle Short Course

  • Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Stocker Cattle – an opportunity for the grazing entrepreneur

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.

How can you (seasoned, new-to-farming or thinking about becoming a farmer), get in on this phenomenal opportunity?

The Stocker Short Course (SSC) to begin June 24th – Sign up NOW!

The course will run on the last Saturday of every month from 10 am – 2 pm, June 2017 to May 2018. Most sessions will be held in the Hornell/Alfred region, other on-site locations to be determined by the topic.

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.

    Cost for the course is $200/person, $100/second person from same farm and/or family. Space is limited to 30 persons, so contact us very soon.

    Interested parties should contact Barb Jones, Cornell University Department of Animal Science, bjj6@cornell.edu, 607-255-7712. For additional information, contact Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Extension Specialist, mjb28@cornell.edu, 607-255-5923. The Stocker Short Course is funded by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets “Southern Tier Stocker Initiative”.


    Mike Baker
    Cornell Beef Extension Specialist