More than 1,000 tour North Lawrence farm that milks 3,300 cows a day
Lauren McAllister, Fort Jackson, and her daughters, Audrina, left, and Lynden examine cattle feed made of corn, alfalfa and grass grown on 5,000 acres of land that is mixed into cattle feed.NORTH LAWRENCE -- More than 1,000 people attended Saturday’s “Day at the Farm” at the Stauffer Dairy Farm County Route 54.
Visitors rode in hay wagons around the farm and through one of the dairy barns.
Many of the 35 volunteers described various aspects of how a large scale, modern farm operates. Included were presentations on milking parlor operations, feed nutrition, and manure recycling.
Also on hand were St. Lawrence and Franklin County dairy princesses and courts, dairy product samples, children’s cow train, and “Miz EZ Squeezy” toy milking cow.
Stauffer Farms is a second generation family dairy farm owned and operated by Sanford, Ruth, Aaron, Renee, Ben and Karen Stauffer.
North Country Now photos by Cheryl Shumway.
The Stauffer Dairy Farm is a 24-hour operation that milks more than 3,300 cows three times a day.
Zachary Tebo, North Lawrence, left, and Magnolia Riedl, Potsdam, try their hand at milking “Miz EZ Squeezy,” a demonstrator model that allows people to feel what it is like.
Jim Holt, Potsdam, shows his sons Peter, left, and Josh cattle feed mixed to meet exacting nutritional standards every day at the farm.
Kevin Acres, a Madrid farmer, assists as a guide on a hay wagon that drove through the center of one of the dairy barns.