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Fall Focus Donation Heifer Selling at Virginia Beef Expo

McDonald Farms is donating a “pick of the lot” for the Virginia Beef Expo, April 17, in Harrisonburg. The buyer will get to pick from McDonald Farms 2019-born Simmental and SimAngusTM heifers.

Proceeds of the sale will go to the American Simmental-SimbrahFoundation and the Virginia Simmental Association to support the 2020 Fall Focus this August in Roanoke, VA. McDonald Farms will supply a list of the heifers’ registration numbers to choose from. Buyer must select their female by April 30, 2020.

Bill McDonald, owner and manager of McDonald Farms, says, "We are glad to support the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation in its efforts to promote and fund educational programs for cattle producers. By donating this 'Pick of our 2019 Simmental or SimAngus Heifers' we are helping to make this a reality. McDonald Farms has supported Fall Focus since it started and is very honored to help the Virginia Simmental Association host this event in our great state. This will be the first time in 15 years that anyone has had the opportunity to purchase one of our females at a public Simmental sale." For more information about the donation lot contact Bill McDonald at info@mcdonaldfarms.com or DP Sales at office@dpsalesllc.com. Interested in learning more about this year’s Fall Focus, head to fallfocus.org.


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Beef Extension Specialist, Cornell University

Education

Year

Degree

Institution

2003

Ph.D.

Cornell University

1985

M.S.

West Virginia University

1980

B.S.

Juniata College

With 30 years of experience working at the county, regional and state level, Baker’s program has emphasized development and implementation of marketing programs for small farms typical of the Northeast. For 15 years, he directed and led the Cornell Value Discovery Program, a feedlot and carcass evaluation program of cattle consigned from different farms. In addition to traditional performance, carcass and economic analysis, feed efficiency for individual animals was predicted based on the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System. Access to natural markets allowed for the evaluation of animal production and profitability of natural and conventional feeding and management regimens.

Over 2,250 head of cattle from five states were evaluated. Establishing a value-added market for finished cattle has also been a priority.  Use of niche markets, co-product feeds, grass finishing and locally available Holstein steers has been evaluated. Current work is focused on training extension educators to develop feeder calf pools that will optimize feeder calf value from small herds and in the use of the FINPACK software to assist producers in analyzing their business. Research over the last two years has focused on determining retail value of finished cattle. A model has been developed to predict retail value based on basic carcass measurements. Results are shared with producers to improve their management and genetic selection.With 30 years of experience working at the county, regional and state level, Baker’s program has emphasized development and implementation of marketing programs for small farms typical of the Northeast. For 15 years, he directed and led the Cornell Value Discovery Program, a feedlot and carcass evaluation program of cattle consigned from different farms. In addition to traditional performance, carcass and economic analysis, feed efficiency for individual animals was predicted based on the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System. Access to natural markets allowed for the evaluation of animal production and profitability of natural and conventional feeding and management regimens.

 

McDonald Farms is donating a “pick of the lot” for the Virginia Beef Expo, April 17, in Harrisonburg.  The buyer will get to pick from McDonald Farms 2019-born Simmental and SimAngusTM heifers. 

Proceeds of the sale will go to the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation and the Virginia Simmental Association to support the 2020 Fall Focus this August in Roanoke, VA.  McDonald Farms will supply a list of the heifers’ registration numbers to choose from. The buyer must select their female by April 30, 2020. 

Bill McDonald, owner and manager of McDonald Farms, says, "We are glad to support the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation in its efforts to promote and fund educational programs for cattle producers. By donating this 'Pick of our 2019 Simmental or SimAngus Heifers' we are helping to make this a reality. McDonald Farms has supported Fall Focus since it started and is very honored to help the Virginia Simmental Association host this event in our great state.  This will be the first time in 15 years that anyone has had the opportunity to purchase one of our females at a public Simmental sale."

For more information about the donation lot contact Bill McDonald at info@mcdonaldfarms.com or DP Sales at office@dpsalesllc.com. 



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