Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk at Houston Farms

Event Details


June 27, 2023




Houston Farms
81 Sincerbeaux Rd
Groton, Ny 13073


South Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Program

Mary Kate MacKenzie

Learn how rotational grazing and other conservation practices enhance farm viability for the 4th and 5th generations on a small dairy in Groton, NY.

Join the South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team for a pasture walk at Houston Farms in Groton, NY, where fourth generation dairy farmer PJ Houston and his son, Robert, manage 600 crop acres and 150 milking cows plus youngstock. Over the years, the farm has adopted conservation practices that improve cattle health and productivity, labor efficiency, and quality of life for the farmers, all while enhancing soil health and generating environmental benefits in the Owasco Lake Watershed. The Houstons view rotational grazing and other conservation practices as critical to their farm's long-term viability and its ability to support the next generation.

At this free event, you will learn how the Houstons manage their rotational grazing system to supplement the dairy ration during the grazing season. We will also discuss how the farm has benefitted from other conservation practices, including:

  • Reduced tillage cropping systems
  • Cover cropping & crop rotation
  • Covered barnyard connecting freestall barns to the parlor
  • Above ground manure storage

Natural resource program specialists Paul Gier and Devon Cox from the Tompkins County Soil & Water Conservation District will be present to share information and answer questions. Paul and Devon will discuss how farmers can connect with their local county Soil & Water Conservation District to learn more about conservation practices and access grant funding.

For more information, visit https://scnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/events.php or email mkw87@cornell.edu.

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