Event Details

Date

August 19, 2014

Time

10:30am - 3:00pm

Cost

This event is free.

Host

Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops


Open House / Drive Yourself Tour

August 19, 2014


While most people would love to see the countryside dotted with lots of small dairy farms that we were accustomed to seeing years ago, the trend towards fewer but larger dairy farms that has been ongoing continues today. Many factors have contributed to this trend. 

Smaller herds have historically been housed in tie-stall barns, while farms with larger herds have invested in free stall housing along with a milking parlor for the increased labor efficiency. (Full Time Equivalent = 55 hrs/week) Making the transition from tie-stall to a free stall/parlor can be difficult. It's not a change for everyone. However, for many smaller dairy farms to continue operation by the next generation, additional income is frequently needed. Often times the value of the farm makes up a substantial portion of the older generation's retirement. To buy the farm and to have their own income, this most often means that the farm needs to grow in size. 

To highlight how others have made this change work for them, we have organized an open house/drive-it-yourself tour of several farms in our region. It is a day that is open to farmers, their advisors, and their families (not for the general public) to talk to others who have made this change. We have provided the address for each participating farm. Use your GPS, MapQuest, Google Maps, or an old fashioned road map and feel free to visit whichever and as many of these farms as you wish during the time they have their doors open to visitors. Pick their brains, ask them questions, and determine if this may be a strategy you wish to follow. Some have done it in stages. Others have made the change via a low cost approach by using welding shop parlors, used equipment, and by placing the parlor in the old tie-stall barn building. Some have built totally new complexes. 

There are certainly many other farms in our region that have made this change. This day is simply designed to provide an opportunity to visit with a few who have done so. This open house/tour is not high tech like Robotic Milkers, but it's a change that many more people can afford to implement. There is no charge and no registration. Hope to see you along the way on August 19th.

See the pdf below for the list of participating farms.

To see the farms on a Google Map, go to: http://bit.ly/OpenHouseTour81914
(copy/paste link into browser if link doesn't work)



Open House/Drive Yourself Tour (PDF; 515KB)


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