Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • That’s right, I was raised in a barn. A 100-cow freestall barn to be exact. Don’t get me wrong; I lived in a house with my own bedroom, watched cartoons on Saturday mornings, ate meals as a family around the dinner table and went to school during the week. I was an ordinary kid. The […]




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  • Farmers are constantly examining ways to ensure their farm can continue as a family business. In order to attract the younger generation, the farm must be able to offer common quality of life standards, such as time off and benefits. When a grown child decides to enter the family business, the farm needs to then […]




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  • With warmer weather comes the need and opportunity for farmers to get off the farm and do some field work. This means you may see more tractors and equipment on the road travelling from field to field. Farmers don’t typically venture too far from the farm, meaning they only travel a limited number of miles. […]




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  • Did you hear? Governor Cuomo announced today that “New York is officially America’s Yogurt Capital.” The Governor has made a big deal about yogurt production in New York State, recognizing both the increasing popularity in the healthy treat, as well as the additional benefits to the dairy industry and our rural communities, and he even […]




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  • From using old baler twine to fix anything on the farm to applying manure to fields as fertilizer, farmers are the original recyclers. Nothing goes to waste on a dairy farm – even the manure, which has proven to be one of the most beneficial so-called “waste” products. Today, dairy farmers recycle water used on […]




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  • Yes, it’s spring and you may have caught a whiff of what some rural residents of New York refer to as “dairy-air”. Dairy cows produce high quality milk, but what people often over look is the other valuable commodity they produce – manure! The average dairy cow produces over 100 pounds of manure a day. […]




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  • With 20 percent of the U.S. population located in New York and the Northeast, New York dairy farms are conveniently located to serve the consumer and respond to market demands. Currently, there is an increasing demand for milk in New York State, greatly due to the boom in Greek yogurt. New York has 29 yogurt […]




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  • My family hosted an open house a year ago to show off a new barn we just built. We were pleased that roughly 200 people came to our farm that Sunday afternoon, but we were really taken back by their questions. Come to find out, our neighbors had no idea what the barn was for […]




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