Lisbon field day to take a look at organic grass-fed dairy operation July 28
Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 7:29 am

LISBON – A look at managing a 100 percent organic grass-fed dairy operation is provided Wednesday, July 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a field day event at Zufall Dairy, 20 Campbell Rd.

Zufall Dairy has been a 100 percent grass-fed operation for three years. The cows are outside for more than half the year. Experts will talk about the advantages of organic dairying, including less manure to handle, cleaner cows, and fewer foot problems. The herd rotates through most of the farm’s 540 acres every 30 days. Weeds that have not been grazed are clipped to prevent them from taking over. Bob Zufall, a member of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program farmer committee, will discuss his management strategies.

This field day is presented by the Cornell Small Dairy Program and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). Horizon Organic and the Grazing Land Conservation Initiative are providing refreshments.

For directions and to pre-register for this event, call NOFA-NY at (585) 271-1979.