Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Dairy cows are amazing creatures! We all know how they provide us food…but now they provide us fuel! A handful of dairy farms in New York have taken advantage of anaerobic digesters – expensive technology that turns manure or organic waste into electricity. In fact, Governor Cuomo recently announced an initiative that increased and incentivized […]




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  • Like most other states, the number of dairy farms continues to decrease, due to fluctuating milk prices and higher input costs. In just the past ten years alone, New York has lost 2,800 farms, bringing the number of dairy farms down 35 percent to 5,100 farms in 2010. As the number of dairy farms decreases, […]




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  • Sustainable dairy practices have been implemented, perfected and passed down for generations. However, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is continually finding new ways to increase energy efficiencies, reduce water, save fuel and lower operating costs for dairy farms. See the Innovation Center’s publication, Sustainability in Practice, which includes stories from these New York State […]




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  • A cow spends over half her day lounging around, chewing her cud. Therefore, comfort is a must with cows. Farmers provide a variety of soft and supple bedding for cows to sleep on to keep them cool and clean, including sand, compost, rubber mats, and even waterbeds. To further their luxury, farmers have fans (and […]




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  • Innovations over the past 50 years have helped dairy farmers reduce their environmental impact by doing more with less. Today, milk is produced using 90% less land, 65% less water, 75% less manure, and resulting in a 63% smaller carbon footprint than in 1944. Dairy farmers are committed to reducing, reusing and recycling everyday. Their […]




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  • Dairy cows are fed and monitored like athletes, and consume approximately 100 pounds of feed a day, along with 25 gallons of water. Farms work with professional nutritionists who create special rations (similar to a recipe) to ensure the cows are receiving the appropriate amounts of energy, protein and forages to be healthy and produce […]




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  • A dairy farm is a business by definition, and a big business in most instances. They can be complex enterprises that often require multiple layers of management – a mom and a dad, sons and daughters, sometimes uncles and cousins, and even grandparents. That’s because 99% of the farms in New York State are family owned and operated.







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  • Dairy farmers rely on healthy cows for their livelihoods, since it is a fact that healthy and content cows provide high quality milk. Farmers care for their cows by providing a nutritious diet with an ample supply of fresh water, a clean and comfortable place to live, and regular medical care. As William Dempster Hoard, […]




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  • Land is the base of any farm, and dairy farms are no different. Farmers manage over seven million acres of farmland, pastures, woodlands and wetlands in New York, which is about a quarter of the State’s total land mass. In many instances, land is an asset that has been handed down from generation to generation, […]




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  • The dairy industry is New York’s leading agricultural sector, with more than 5,000 family farms milking more than 600,000 cows. Each one of those cows produces on average 21,000 pounds (or 2,436 gallons) of milk each year. When you add all that up, it becomes nearly 13 billion pounds (or 1.5 billion gallons) of milk produced annually in New York State.







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