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Grazers Gather to Share Success Stories

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When people think of dairy country, most imagine cows placidly munching on grass in a green field. In fact, only 15% of New York's dairy farms send their cows out to pasture regularly. Instead, most dairy cows live in barns. The farmer brings their food in and trucks their manure out. Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Adirondack North Country Association want to encourage more farmers to embrace a specific kind of pasturing called rotational grazing. They're organizing a workshop and farm tour Wednesday in Madrid. Participants will visit Bob Zufall's farm in Waddington. He milks 50 cows, and pastures them on more than 300 acres of land, much of it green with native grasses, like orchard grass and white clover. He sets the cows to pasture inside moveable fences on one acre plots. After every milking he moves the fences. Zufall spoke with David Sommerstein. He says he moved to St. Lawrence County from Pennsylvania in 2001. Grazing Day 2005 begins Wednesday, July 27 at 10:30 at the Madrid Community Center. Call 379-9192 x234 to register.

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