Berne, NY, Schoharie County
Open Tillable Acres
Wooded (or other) Acres
Condition & Current Use
Dairy farm until 2019, now raising heifers and dry cows on contract basis for another farm. Corn, hay and soybeans are primary crops. Freestall and dry cow barns, along with equipment storage areas, hay storage areas, garage, pole barn, shop facilities, milking parlor in the barn is in place but most pumps and equipment are not. While currently field crops and pasture, excellent opportunities for grazing. Good for greenhouses and other diversification of crops.
Farm History & Past Use
This has been a farm since about 1790. It has been a dairy farm from the 1930's until about 2019. We now raise heifers and dry cows on a contract basis for another area farm. Crops are currently corn, hay, and soybeans. We are looking to find innovative ways to diversify the farm into other crops or farm activities, but not intenisve agri-tourism. We are interested in moving away from dairy or dairy support and would like to explore more grazing, small livestock, and other crops.
We are open to exploring innovative and diversified uses on the farm to maintain as an active farm. This would include long-term leasing and other tenure agreements. Land is not for sale, but we would like to offer a long term arrangement to the new farmer. Depending on farm type, infrastructure would have to be improved or changed. Open to leasing to multiple farmers. Open to leasing small or larger parcels. Would also be open to making some of the wooded acreage to be available for silvapasture/agroforestry. We have barns and sheds that can be adapted for new uses.
Are you willing to mentor a new or beginning farmer?
Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?
Livestock / Crops Description
The farm has long been a dairy, and now dairy support, but we are looking to diversify and interested in grazing animals, other field crops, grains, use for hoop houses, etc.
Farm is fully equipped with tractors, hay, planting, disc, round baler, etc.
Several active pastures are fenced in with electrified high tensile fencing. One pasture hasn't been used in several years along with a hay barn, and also has high tensile fencing.
Barns all have water; pasture has water tank, other ponds on farm would allow expansion of water.
Barns for Equipment/Storage
Free stall barn sized for ~120 cows, but it could be adapted for other animals. Dry cow barn and heifer barn available. The 1950's barn was converted to a milking parlor, but it is not in use now. Portion of the barn an original 1790's Palatine Barn, still in good shape. Has commodity buiding with concrete floor, sides, roof. Also several pole barns for equipment and hay storage. Willing to adapt as needed.
Additional Property Information
We prefer practices that will improve soil health, carbon sequestration, cover crops, no-till, and other similar practices. No concerns from neighbors or land use laws.