Intensive Grazing Farms, New York, 2000, Dairy Farm Business Summary
Conneman, George J.; Grace, James W.; Karszes, Jason; Demaine, Dan; Putnam, Linda D.; Richards, Steven T.; Staehr, A. Edward; Bulkley, Steve; Degni, Janice; Murray, Peggy; Petzen, Joan S.
Dairy farm managers throughout New York State have been participating in Cornell Cooperative Extension's farm business summary and analysis program since the early 1950's. Managers of each participating farm business receive a comprehensive summary and analysis of the farm business. This is the fifth year that a study of intensive grazing farms has been done. The farms included in the study are a subset of New York State farms participating in the Dairy Farm Business Summary (DFBS). Sixty-five farms indicated that they grazed dairy cows at least three months, moving to a fresh paddock at least every three days and more than 30% of the forage consumed during the growing season was from grazing. Operators of these 65 farms were asked to complete a grazing practices survey. Thirty-eight of the farms did complete it. The investigators had special interest in practices used on farms with above average profitability. Therefore the study centered on 30 farms which were not first year grazers and on which at least 40 percent of forage consumed during the grazing season was grazed. These 30 farms were divided on the basis of net farm income per cow (without appreciation) above and below $450 which was the average for these 30 intensive grazing farms. Seventeen farms with net farm income per cow above $450 are in the “Above Average” group and thirteen farms with net farm income per cow below $450 comprise the “Below Average” group.