Today we visited Noblehurst Farm in Linwood, NY (www.linwoodag.com/noblehurst.html). “Established in July 1960, Noblehurst Farms Inc. is a seven generation, multi-family farm. Milking 1,800 cows and working over 2,500 acres of corn, alfalfa, and wheat this farm business has roots dating back to the very early 1800s.” We saw the barns in which the cows are “housed” and the “carousel” on which the cows are milked. The cows are milked three times a day, and it takes a few minutes for them to be milked. Noblehurst generates energy by collecting methane, and produces enough energy to operate the farm, and provide energy back to the grid. We saw baby calves, one born about 1.5 hours before we visited.
Noblehurst works closely with the NY Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (www.nycamh.com) to provide safety and health training for their employees. NYCAMH is one of 10 NIOSH-funded Agricultural, Forestry, and Fishing Centers.
Thank you John, Kitty, Sarah (and others) from Noblehurst Farm for providing a great tour, and opening your operation to our trainees. Also, thank you Jim and Marci from the NY Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (www.nycamh.com) for arranging the tour with Noblehurst.