- Animal Products: dairy
- Animal Production: general animal production
This application is for a SEED grant to help a group of farmers establish intensive rotational grazing on their farms and/or help farmers who have a rotational grazing system to improve their management of their systems to sustain profitability and reduce potential non-point pollution. Currently, local dairy farmers area experiencing extreme financial pressure resulting from insufficient income with milk prices at 1970 levels and capital and operational expenses of the 1990's. New York is expected to lose 6% of its dairy farms in 1997, compared to 3% a year ago. Objectives are 1) help farmers understand the benefits of rotational grazing management and determine if they system is appropriate for their operation, 2) help farmers establish rotational grazing systems and to help those with existing systems to improve their management of those systems and sustain their profitability, 3) to help farmers reduce their potential impact on the environment.