Our farm is located in the quaint Central New York Town of Remsen, NY. We are at the edge of the Adirondacks sixty miles northeast of Syracuse, NY. In the late 1700’s, immigrants from Wales first settled in Remsen marking the beginning of a strong Welsh heritage here. You may have heard of Remsen, as history was made at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Remsen native Erin Hamlin was the first American woman to ever win a medal in the single Luge competition as she brought home the bronze. Remsen is also known for our Barn Festival of the Arts held on Main Street every September. Thousands gather in our little village to experience our local festival including craft vendors, various artisans, food, a corn maze, and lots of fun!
We have a 160 cow dairy herd with an additional 100 animals including heifers, bulls, and calves. A small amount of our milk is used for our growing cheese and fluid milk business and the majority of our milk is shipped with a milk cooperative to be processed into products made for retail sale. Our farm is a Managed Intensive Rotational Grazing farm which maximizes animal health and exercise, forage growth and weed control. In addition to a small amount of grain and forages necessary for their nutritional needs, our cows are able to graze fresh grass after each time they are milked, for the entire growing season. Grazing paddocks are rotated in order to allow for re-growth and to maintain quality grass for the next grazing opportunity. We have never used BST or other growth hormones and we have always focused on the quality of our milk versus the quantity we produce. Cows that are raised on quality pasture are believed to show major differences in the nutritional quality of the milk that they produce. Cows with access to grass produce products that contain more Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin E and Conjugated Linoleic Acids. In turn, the milk produces unique quality and flavor profiles that add to the nuances and richness of our cheese.
Over a five year time frame, we transitioned fully into a seasonal dairy in 2013. In January, the cows are given a “dry off” or rest period. Calves are born in the spring to coincide with the emergence of the growing season.
We have an unconventional herd of cows as we have introduced several breeds that we feel are more efficient in our grazing environment. Norwegian Red, Ayrshire, Montbeliarde, and Jersey are the primary breeds we have introduced to our Holstein herd over the past several years.
Aside from the dairy portion of our farm you will find several other animals that we raise for our own health and well being. Would a farm be complete without chickens, pigs, horses, donkeys, cats or Border Collies? We don’t think so…