Caring for Our Land

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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