The Foundations of Profitability in Organic Dairy
Profitability: Putting the Foundations into Practice
ALVIN PEACHEY, SADDLERS RUN FARM, ALLENSVILLE, PA
Alvin Peachey is an Amish organic dairy farmer from central Pennsylvania. Along with his wife and children, he owns and operates Saddlers Run Farm, Allensville, PA. Over the course of more than a decade, Alvin has grown his operation to 90 100% grass-fed cows on 92 acres, implementing regenerative practices that flip the script of the status quo for dairy farmers. Saddler Run Farm was the featured farm in the September 2021 NODPA News. To learn more about Alvin and his farm, click on this link: /n/5998/FEATURED-FARM-Grass-fed-Growth-Finding-what-Works-Saddlers-Run-Farm-Allensville-PA
Farmer Panel: What Does Profitability Look Like on Your Farm? Ted LeBow, Moderator
DWIGHT STOLTZFOOS, SPRINGWOOD ORGANIC FARM, KINZER, PA
Dwight Stoltzfoos, together with his wife Brenda and their children operate the farm in an ongoing slow transition from his parents, Roman and Lucy. Organic, natural farming is a passion of Roman Stoltzfoos as well as his son Dwight and they have kept at the cutting edge of natural, organic methods and under their care SpringWood Organic Farm has become a model of success, providing organic products to retailers and consumers. SpringWood’s herd of 200 dairy cows produces milk for Organic Valley GrassMilk.
KIRK ARNOLD, TWIN OAKS DAIRY, TRUXTON, NY
Kirk Arnold is co-owner, with his mother, Kathie Arnold, of Twin Oaks Dairy in Truxton, N.Y Kirk and Kathie are the third generation in their family to own and work Twin Oaks Dairy in Truxton NY. Over the years the dairy has made a few transitions. In 1990s the dairy transitioned to management-intensive grazing and in 1998 made the official transition to a certified organic farm. The dairy farm has 140 milking cows and a total herd of 240. The dairy sits on 700 acres which include corn, grass, and pastures. In 2016 a new free stall and milking facility was built and the milk is distributed through the Upstate Niagara Cooperative Inc.
ERIC SHEFFER, SHEFFER'S GRASSLAND FARM, HOOSICK FALLS, NY
Eric Sheffer is the sixth generation to farm at Sheffer’s Grassland Dairy in Hoosick Falls, NY. After graduating Cornell in 2008, Eric returned to the farm and he and his father, Wally, began operating as a successful, conventional dairy farm, which included grazing as an important part of its herd management. While there have been many changes throughout the centuries, the latest has been their 2017 transition to organic certification. They began transitioning to organic in 2014, with full certification in 2017. The farm, which supplies milk for Stonyfield Organic, is certified by Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO). Today, the dairy employs four full-time people, and Wally continues to work alongside Eric. Eric and his wife, Jillian, are proud that their son Jackson who is the seventh generation of Sheffer's is being raised on the farm.
The 6 Principles of Soil Health: Where profit comes from and how to increase it every year
ROMAN STOLTZFOOS, SPRINGWOOD ORGANIC FARM, KINZER, PA
Roman Stoltzfoos was an early adopter for organic production at Springwood Organic Farm, Kinzers, PA, and started his organic journey in 1987. He was one of the first four organic Milk Producers in the country. Roman is an active member of Lancaster County Graziers, taking a lead role in organizing the annual Southeast PA Grazing Conference, as well as providing critical content to the organization of this year’s NODPA Field Days. He is the senior partner in Springwood Dairy and owner of Springwood Poultry.
Whole Herd Health: holistic practices to enhance health and productivity on your farm (with special emphasis on herbal medicine and homeopathic practices)
DR. CYNTHIA LANKENAU, DVM, HOLISTIC CENTER FOR VETERINARY CARE, COLDEN, NY
Cynthia Lankenau, DVM graduated from Cornell’s Veterinary College in 1981 and joined a 99% dairy practice in upstate NY with a total love of working with small dairy farms. In the attempt to expand her practice knowledge, she joined the Peace Corps and worked in Malawi, Africa in 1984-1985, returning to the US to join a mixed animal practice in western NY. With the decline of family farms in NY, and seeing an incredible increase in chronic diseases, Dr. Lankenau started down the path of alternative medicine; starting with acupuncture training in 1991 (IVAS); herbal training in western herbs in 1993; Chinese herbs in 1995; and chiropractic (AVCA) and homeopathic (AVH) training in 1995. She has completed Chi’s MS (TCVM); CIVT’s Western Graduate Herbal program, and Chinese herbal degree; is a registered herbalist (RH) through the American Herbal Guild, completed David Winston’s professional herbal training, and additional Chinese Herbal training with Dr. Evan Rabinowitz. She is a past president of the VBMA, Secretary/treasurer of the ACVBM, founder of the NY CAVMA, and on the board of WATCVM. Since 1993, she has practiced in a solo 100% alternative modality mixed animal practice in Colden, NY.