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Newly Transitioned Farm to Host NOFA-NY Organic Dairy Field Day

July 06, 2018

It is not news to any in the dairy farming business that milk prices are low these days. NOFA-NY’s Education Team and Eric Ziehm of High Meadows Farm will share methods to improve your bottom line with grazing management and breeding ideas, hear from experiences of a dairy farmer new to the Organic side of the equation. This newly transitioned farm (May, 2018) is seeing cows milked on the property for the first time in nearly 20 years. For those living in the area, it is a refreshing sight.


Eric Ziehm is a 1999 graduate of Cornell’s Animal Science program and grew up milking cows with family at Tiashoke Farm. Returning to the family farm after college Eric has been an integral part of the farm’s growth and development. High Meadows of Hoosick is a twist on what Eric has been doing his whole life. Eric will discuss his experience in transitioning to Certified Organic production, the business development process working with Stonyfield Organic and Farm Credit East. Enjoy a pasture walk and discussion of the Holistic Management Grazing Chart Eric and his crew use to plan and map their grazing season. Finally, we will discuss the choice of cows (mostly Jerseys and Jersey crosses) on the farm and the direction of breeding that Eric sees himself going over the coming years.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, “Newly Transitioned Organic Dairy Grazing” field day at Location: High Meadows Farm, 187 Burgess Road, Hoosick Falls, NY, 12090, Rensselaer County.  The cost to attend is $20.00, lunch is included. Pre-registration preferred. 

This event is co-sponsored by Country Folks, Chelsea Green Publishing, and Stonyfield Organic and supported through funding from USDA RMA.

Registration and complete details available online: www.nofany.org\fielddays or by calling the NOFA-NY office, (585) 271-1979 ext. 505 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.