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Howland Dairy Benefits from Whole Farm Analysis Project

By Lisa Fields / January 9, 2012

The Whole Farm Nutrient Analysis Program (WFA) came along at the right time for Rob Howland of Candor, NY. Howland’s 74 cow dairy is one of eleven farms in the…

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Consider Deep Pack Barns for Cow Comfort and Manure Management

By Fay Benson / January 9, 2012

Small dairy farm operators may soon be confronted by the prohibition of winter spreading of manure. Any farmer looking to update their barns should consider a design that can accommodate…

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New York Cheese Wrapped Up

By Patricia Brhel / October 3, 2011

Cheese unexpectedly became controversial at farmers markets across New York State in the summer of 2011. One duty of the New York State Department of Agriculture is inspecting and enforcing…

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Managing a Buying Club for Freezer Lambs

By Ulf Kintzel  / October 3, 2011

If you are raising animals and are looking for an additional option to sell your product, consider selling it through a buying club. I do. While this method is the…

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Farmer Driven Company Evolves

By Kathleen Harris / October 3, 2011

The Northeast Livestock Processing Service (NELPSC) is a company that was started by 5 farmers with a notion to help their fellow farmers with livestock processing problems. Now in business…

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Whole Farm Nutrient Analysis: The Casey Farm

By Lisa Fields / October 3, 2011

Bill and Joanne Casey of Apulia Station, NY own a 60 cow organic, grass based dairy farm. Management intensive grazing is essential to feeding the herd. Pastures, which are both…

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Why Consider Off-Farm Dairy Processing?

By Fay Benson / July 4, 2011

The purpose of this article is to help dairies that are interested in having their milk processed into salable dairy products. Off-farm processing will alleviate the considerable time, effort, and…

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In Defense of Specialization

By Ulf Kintzel  / July 4, 2011

The case has often been made that a diverse farm is less vulnerable if the market for one product, say pork, collapses. The other products produced on the farm will…

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Heritage Breeds: Ort’s Barnyard Menagerie

By Lindsay Debach / July 4, 2011

Sheep with four horns, ducks with red fleshy heads, and pigs that look like cows? This isn’t a scene from ‘Through the Looking Glass’, but a description of the barnyard…

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Family Dairy Ventures Back into Cheese

By Patricia Brhel / July 4, 2011

Members of the Snow family have been farming in the Town of Caroline, New York, since 1816, nearly 200 years. The current generation has returned to cheese making, a value…

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