Calf Facility Open House November 2    

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WALTON, NY - The Dairy Producer Group will meet on Friday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grant's Farm, 561 Gay Brook Road, Oneonta. Owners Dave and Laurie Grant host the event sponsored by the Watershed Agricultural Council, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County and Cornell Pro-Dairy Program. Grant's will share their experience raising calves and feeding acidified milk in a group-housing set up. Large animal veterinarian Dr. Mark Thomas of Countryside Vet Clinic in Lowville will explain calf-rearing basics like maternity, colostrum, management, environment and nutrition at 10 a.m. From 11 a.m. to noon, Dr. Thomas and Watershed Agricultural Program staff will discuss the benefits of group-housed feeding systems. Following a brown bag lunch at noon, the group will tour Grant's farm new calf facility at 12:30 with hands-on demonstrations by the veterinarian.  The day will wrap up with a questions-answer period, open discussion, and networking time.

While this Dairy Producer Group farm tour is free and open to the public, this farm tour is focused on producers interested in calf management and innovative calf housing.  To sign up, contact Kim Holden at (607) 865-7090 or email [email protected]. Those interested in carpooling can meet at the Watershed Agricultural Program offices at 44 West Street in Walton at 9:15 a.m. on Friday. 


Open to new, beginner and experienced farms, regional producer groups focus on four areas of production: pasture management, dairy calf health, beef production, sheep-goat operations. To be added to the mailing list for future tours and meetings, contact Kim Holden at (607) 865-7090, ext. 241. For more information, visit


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County and the Watershed Agricultural Council co-sponsor events like this as part of their year-round farmer education offerings. Pasture walks, workshops and seminars are designed to provide farms of all levels with informational, networking and hands-on opportunities with the goal of strengthening the regional farming community and profitability. Funding for these efforts is provided by NYC Department of Environmental Protection, U.S.D.A., and other sources. CCE of Delaware County provides equal program and employment opportunities. For more information, visit 


About the Watershed Agricultural Council

The Watershed Agricultural Council assists private landowners to improve their farms and woodlands in order to protect clean drinking water for nine million New York residents.  The Council works with nearly 1,000 property landowners in developing conservation plans and applying those practices in accordance with farm and forest management plans. Working with farmers, agribusinesses, woodland owners, forest industry professionals and others, the Council seeks to enhance both business profitability and environmental stewardship. The Council champions the working landscape model by holding over 21,000 acres in conservation easements. Landowners use a variety of best management practices, tools and approaches, such as conservation easements, to keep property viable within a working landscape. The Council also supports strong agriculture and forestry businesses through its "Buy Local" branding campaign, Pure Catskills and an online, Pure Catskills Marketplace. The Council accomplishes its work in land conservation and water quality protection within the New York City watershed region by embracing partnerships with other nonprofits organizations, government agencies and community stakeholders. The nonprofit is funded by The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service and other federal and foundation sources.  The Council is an equal opportunity employer and provider.  For more information, visit



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SUMMARY: Oneonta dairy farm hosts regional Dairy Producer Group for calf facility open house on November 2. 

CCE Dairy Educator 
(607) 865-7090, ext. 208


Tara Collins

Communications Director

(607) 865-7790, ext. 226

(607) 643-5148 cell 

The Watershed Agricultural Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the economic viability of agriculture and forestry through the protection of water quality and the promotion of land conservation in the New York City Watershed region. The WAC is funded by The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service and other federal, foundation and private sources. The WAC is an Equal Opportunity Providers and Employers.