Cayuga County dairy serves as model for manure management

There are more than 1,200 cows on Tim and Ronda Fessenden’s dairy farm. As one might imagine, those cows produce quite a lot of manure. But what happens to it all? To answer the question, the Fessendens hosted a a tour of their King Ferry farm to demonstrate the manure cycle.

The Fessenden’s hosted the tour with the help of Partners for Healthy Watersheds, an advocacy group that works for environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural practices, to help educate the public about what goes into making the wide array of dairy products.

“We hope to bring the connection with what we do in the field to this,” Tim said, holding a cup of Fage Yogurt that’s manufactured in Johnstown with milk from the Fessenden’s farm.

Beside actual dairy production, the tour focused on the manure cycle and how properly managing it can maximize efficiency for farmers that will both help keep them in business and minimize any potential environmental concerns.

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