dairy cows at Lew-Lin Farm, Dryden NY
Image by Sandy Repp

Dairy cattle make a significant contribution to our local agricultural economy.

pastured poultry at Quinn's Irish Hill Farm, Freeville NY (Tompkins)
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Pastured poultry with an electric fence

We can advise on raising sheep and goats.

Dairy & Livestock

Livestock production has seen abundant growth over the past 10 years. The land in our area is prime for grazing and making feeds for all forms of livestock. We work with livestock farms including beef, sheep, goat, hog, horse, and poultry producers. The size of non-dairy livestock farms can range from the back yard “hobby farm” to the small scale “diversified operation” all the way to the full time “main income” farm, and we’re happy to work with them all.

To remain competitive, dairy and livestock producers need to stay informed with the latest management information and adopt technologies that impact the productivity and profitability of their businesses. To meet these producers' needs, the Dairy and Livestock program conducts workshops, on-farm meetings, and discussions featuring speakers from Cornell University, GRAZE NY, agribusinesses, and local dairy and livestock producers. With a wide diversity of business structure, site, and management of our Chautauqua County dairy and livestock businesses, we have offered various programs to meet the needs of different owners, family members, and farm employees.

Broiler chickens at Nick's Organic Farm in Adamstown, MD (USDA).


Find research and links to reliable information for a variety of poultry topics and 4-H poultry programs here.

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Horses at Willowbrook Farm; horse

Equine Resources

Find useful information and resources from Cornell's Equine Program, and other land grant universities, here on our website.

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Beef cattle at Polyface Farm, Va.

Raising Beef

Beef cattle comprise an important agricultural sector. Our links and resources can help to support your beef cattle operation.

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Piglets nursing

Raising Pigs

We've compiled information and resources to help you get started raising pigs, or to improve your livestock operation, here on our website.

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Last updated March 25, 2015