Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County announces that Visit the Farm Day will be held on Sept. 21 at one local dairy farm Country Ayre Farms, LLC, owned by the Kimball and Woodis families. The farm is located on 5644 Meadows Road in Dewittville.
The purpose of the event is to promote agriculture in Chautauqua County, which is the number one industry in the state. Visit the Farm Day will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature a guided walking tour through the farm. Visitors will also enjoy educational displays about other areas of agriculture, including grapes and livestock, children's activities, a Farmers Market, and free milk, string cheese, and grape juice.
The dairy was started 40 years ago by Richard and Joan Kimball, and is now a partnership with their son Seth Kimball and daughter and son-in-law Heather and Michael Woodis. The Kimball and Woodis families are currently milking 650 registered Holstein and Jersey cows, with each cow producing an average of 78 pounds of milk per day. This is equivalent to 5,895 gallons per day, enough to provide fluid milk to over 102,000 people per year. They also crop 575 acres of corn and 800 acres of grass and perform some custom machine work for other farms in the area. The farm employs 9 full time employees. Country Ayre Farm, LLC is home to a state-of-the-art nutrient management system, allowing the farm to manage nutrients in an environmentally safe way. The family is excited to share with the public the ways the farm is protecting the water system of Chautauqua County.
Admission and parking is free and the event will occur rain or shine. For more information, call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 664-9502.
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Chautauqua County is home to 1,648 farms, with 235,858 acres in agricultural production. It ranks first in the state for number of farms, 10th for total value of agricultural products sold, and 11th in the United States for grape production. Milk and grapes continue to be the leading agricultural products in the county.