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.
- Thursday, July 26; 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-Grantson Farm, 561 Gay Brook Rd, Oneonta, NY
David and Laurie Grant took advantage of the Southern Tier Grant Program to help them build a new, free stall facility for 130 cows. They transitioned the herd from the tie stall recently and now milk in a swing 12 parlor. The cows have adjusted well and the Grants want to share how things have changed in a short time. They have noticed improvements in cow mobility, breeding, and comfort and use sand for
bedding. They are satisfied knowing that the cows have better housing and can be more productive.
Stop #2: 12 noon-1:30 Dan and Naomi Buel, 11091 St Hwy 357, Franklin, NY
Dan and Naomi Buel also used the Southern Tier Grant Program to assist them with a new stationary mixer and building that houses the feeding/mixing equipment. They wanted to be able to reduce labor using round bales and provide a TMR to the cows to increase milk production and components. Delaware County Dairy Princess Morgan Hungerford and Ambassadors will be on hand to dispense milk and ice cream and will tell us how they are promoting dairy. We will feature Polar Bear and More ice cream and hear from the Ross family on how they came to open up their new business making wonderful custard ice cream!
Stop #3: 1:45-3:00 Creek-Crest Holsteins, 173 Elk Creek Rd, Delhi, NY
The Hymers, Scott, Gail and Tyler have made a comeback since a fire destroyed their barn on Elk Creek Road in late 2014 with assistance from the Southern Tier Grant Program. They moved into their new 60-cow tie stall barn in August of 2016 and built a free stall heifer facility in 2017. The barns were built by Hollow Ridge Construction and CK Manufacturing did the concrete and stall work. We will visit with Scott, Gail and Tyler about their new facilities and learn how much they enjoy working in them. We will also talk about farm succession and Tyler’s passion for Registered Holsteins.
Click Here for: Dairy Tour Map
A bathroom facility will be available at the lunch stop as we won’t be travelling by any public facilities.