The Delaware County Dairy Tour has been held annually since 1930!
Farmers, agri-service personnel, and others who are interested in dairy farming from Delaware County and beyond are invited to attend our annual Delaware County Dairy Tour.
The dairy tour moves each year to provide a good idea of dairy farming around the county. The tour usually consists of 3 farm stops, which are solicited to participate. When selecting farms for the tour, Extension looks for innovation, new technology, unique methods, or simply just good farming. There is a great turn-out of about 100 people. Our lunch stop (Stop # 2) features the Delaware County Dairy Princess and her court who will give us an update on their activities serve milk and ice cream to the relaxing farmers while they enjoy their own picnic lunch.
Many look forward to this event each July where premier farmers open their doors to the public and discuss their success in the dairy industry. We hope you will join us this year.
- Tuesday, July 23; 10:00am – 3:00pm; Drive Yourself Event
This is a drive-yourself event. Bring your lunch. Milk and ice cream will be provided. A bathroom facility will be available at the lunch stop as we won’t be traveling by any public facilities.
Stop #1: 10:00am – 11:30am: Sunny Alp Farm, Rudy Landolt and Nina Hade, 221 Wickham Road, Stamford, NY
Rudy always hoped he could be a dairy farmer and his dream is now a reality. Rudy originally hails from Switzerland and worked in an ag-related industry in the U.S. He now milks organic, grass-fed cows and ships to Maple Hill. Nina loves the farm and is integral to the operation. Many changes have taken place recently such as building two Harvestore silos, getting the grazing system set up and adding a milking parlor. Let’s welcome Rudy and Nina to our dairy community!
Stop #2: 12 noon-1:30pm: Pineyvale Farm, Dave and Carolyn Post; Allen, Carolee, Lance and Daniel McClure, 3949 Town Brook Road, Hobart, NY
Our Delaware County Dairy Princess, Theresa Cerosaletti, and her court will hand out milk and ice cream and update us on promotion activities!
Dave and Carolyn Post and son-in-law and daughter Allen and Carolee McClure farm on their 221- year legacy dairy. They have made many changes since we last visited including a barn for heifers and dry cows along with changes to the dairy barn after Hurricane Sandy. It is inspiring to see a family farm continue to the 8th generation! We will talk about transitions and how this has worked well for all involved.
Stop #3: 1:45-3:15pm: SRJF Inc., Frank and Marc Albano and Families, 31850 State Hwy 23, Stamford, NY
Frank and Marc have added a large addition and a milking parlor to their facility to be able to expand and make milking 300 cows easier. We will discuss how the cows transitioned from a tie-stall to a free-stall. New cow-monitoring equipment keeps the operators current with each cow. Russ and Laurie Bedford will discuss how the two operations have found synergy working together!
A bathroom facility will be available at the lunch stop as we won’t be travelling by any public facilities.