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Nationally-recognized Montana stockman Curt Pate
will demonstrate his low-stress methods of cattle handling
on Wednesday, August 6 only at the 2014 Empire Farm Days.
Seneca Falls, NY; July 10, 2014 – According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wayne County, NY, had 1200 head of beef cattle in 2013. On Wednesday, August 6 only as part of the New York Beef Industry Center programs at the 2014 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY, beef producers and those interested in cattle will have the opportunity to meet nationally-recognized stockmanship instructor Curt Pate. Pate will share his expertise on cattle handling in live demonstrations at 11:30am that day.

The Montana rancher will be available after the 11:30am demonstration at the NY Beef Quality Assurance exhibit in the New York Beef Industry Center, near the New York Beef Producers Association BBQ tent.

Pate teaches techniques to put the proper pressure on cattle at a different angle and at varying amounts that helps move them comfortably and without bad experience.

‘Sometimes you can not see pressure or understand its effects until it has created a problem. When you force cattle to go into a pen, they may get excited, go on the fight, and become dangerous or very difficult to work. Negative pressure creates stress, positive pressure creates contentment,’ Pate says.

An avid environmentalist, Pate is passionate about grazing animals to improve the environment as well as for a profitable farm business.

‘We need to utilize the Earth’s resources in a way that works like a good ranch, combining Mother Nature with technology then adding common sense and integrity. With the growing public scrutiny of livestock production, improving our livestock handling practices will help the sustainability of the cattle industry,’  Pate says.

‘Proper stockmanship reduces injury to handlers and animals, fosters positive response from the public, increases herd performance, and enhances the sustainability of the beef industry,’ says New York Beef Council Executive Director Carol Gillis.

Cornell University Beef Extension Specialist Dr. Mike Baker will discuss chute and pen, Bud Box and other cattle handling systems and offer demonstrations with live cattle at 11:30am on Tuesday, August 5 and Thursday, August 7 at the event that is the largest outdoor agricultural show in the Northeastern U.S.

The New York Beef Industry Council activities at Empire Farm Days include live cattle breeds in the beef tent, the opportunity to chat with producers of the major beef breeds, information on the Beef Quality Assurance Program that combines technology, common sense, and concern for animal wellbeing in a consumer-oriented production system, free recipes, information on how Beef Checkoff dollars increase product demand through programs with health professionals, retailers and consumers.

For details on the 2014 Empire Farm Days, the Northeast’s largest outdoor agricultural show, visit www.empirefarmdays.com. Show admission is free; parking is $10.

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