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  • He’s a family man and contributor to his local community. He has a nurturing soul, is attentive details and puts the needs of others before his own. He’s an eternal optimist. He’s a workhorse, so to speak. He is humble, yet passionate. He’s simple, yet oversees a complex enterprise. He represents the past, present and […]




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  • Continuing with a project we started earlier in the year – 20 Questions with 14 Dairy Farmers – we are excited to introduce Sarah Van Orden. She’s a young, passionate and driven dairy farmer who also tends to pigs and chickens, but could be described as a workhorse – wait until to hear what she […]




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  • Land is a farmer’s most valuable asset. It can make or break any farm just by the types of soils. In New York, we are fortunate to have some of the most productive land in the nation, with soils that are typically well-drained and rich in organic matter. But we’re the lucky ones. Not everyone […]




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  • Today’s featured farm at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center is Merrell Dairy of Wolcott, New York. The Merrell family milk 2,700 cows and milk them on a rotary parlor, which their son described as a “merry-go-round”. Karen Merrell, owner of the farm with her husband, Jon, says, “One of the things that I really enjoy […]




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  • Many of you know that I am a relatively new mom. My children will be 2 and 4 in October. We are dairy farmers – 4th generation to be exact. My parents never discouraged me from being a farmer, but they also encouraged me to see what else is out there. I swore early on […]




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  • It’s been a little while since we last posted one of our 20 Questions with 14 Farmers. Summer is busy on the farm and it gets a little tougher to track down farmers this time of year. But we were lucky to have our next farmer share some of his thoughts (and humor) with us […]




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  • Listen up! Vice News just released a short documentary (22 minutes in length) about the very real challenge dairy farmers are facing in securing a legal, reliable and skilled workforce. As Vice explains, “Milking cows is a dirty, monotonous job, and as we found out in our latest episode of Immigrant America, it’s not a […]




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  • What an honor to have the Dairy Cow Birthing Center featured in the popular trade publication, Progressive Dairymen. Read the article below or click here to view the entire article on Progressive Dairyman’s website. Cow birthing center readies to build on first-year success Written by Holly Drankhan Monday, 14 July 2014 15:38 After seven hours […]




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  • Join us in telling the story of New York farms! The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC) is seeking those involved in the dairy industry to consider volunteering at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair, August 21 – September 1, 2014. The Dairy Cow Birthing Center was a new exhibit […]




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  • While most dairy farmers tend to keep to themselves, this farmer is the exception. She will do just about anything to be heard; and therefore she may be no stranger to you. She’s a go-to resource for urban consumers and reporters. She’s a regular attendee and speaker at foodie conferences. She isn’t afraid to fight […]




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