Feed Your Inner Creative Dairying Mindset

Feed Your Inner Creative Dairying Mindset

While the first Cornell Small Farms tour is over, four more feature creative dairying strategies for boosting farm revenues are coming up.

Interested in how small dairy farms are improving profitability, sustainability and quality of life? Then you may want to catch an upcoming idea-generating on-farm field days set for this summer across New York State.

Hosted by the Cornell Small Farms Program, educators and dairy producers are teaming up to share ideas on everything from incorporating new value-added products to improving nutrition to producing on-farm biodiesel. These dairies vary in location, but share a common size. Each milks 35 to 75 head.

MORE THAN MILK: Tours show how even small dairy farms diversify to grow their revenue streams.

The first one, for example, was held last week at John and Tammy Stoltzfus' Be-A-Blessing Organic Dairy, Whitesville, N.Y., explored how the Stoltzfus family uses sprouted barley fodder to increase feed nutritional benefits. For more details on the concept, contact Fay Benson at 607-745-3807 or email him at [email protected].

The field day series listed below is free and open to all. Pre-registering is requested by contacting the educator listed.

On July 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn how DelRose Farm in Delaware County of the Catskills boosts its income stream. Ernest and Barbara Hanselman will host the event at 9635 Co Hwy 18, Bloomville, N.Y. The Hanselmans milk 75 registered Holsteins and Brown Swiss and have gradually added enterprises to diversify the farm's income streams. They'll discuss making the best use of on-farm resources and trends to create a diversity of income streams. To register, contact Mariane Kiraly, 607 865 6531, [email protected].
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