Christopher Kemnah

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

10+

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

My wife and I run a certified organic, certified grass fed dairy.  We are on rented ground, looking to purchase a property. We milk right around 40 cows, have young stock and dry cows.  We would like to find a property that is in quiet location, has taxes that are not too high and is on a quiet road.  We have four school age children so need a good school system.  We have a line of older equipment so can make own feed.  Looking for atleast 100 acres open that can be combination of pasture and hay ground plus hay ground for winter feed.

Description of marketing method:

We have a contract for our grassmilk with Maple Hill Creamery

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Central
    • Chenango
    • Cortland
    • Herkimer
    • Madison
    • Oneida
    • Onondaga
    • Oswego
    • Otsego
  • Finger Lakes
    • Cayuga
    • Livingston
    • Monroe
    • Ontario
    • Seneca
    • Schuyler
    • Tompkins
    • Wayne
    • Yates
  • Southern Tier
    • Allegany
    • Broome
    • Chemung
    • Steuben
    • Tioga

Desired acreage:

51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access

Description of infrastructure:

Would like ability to milk 50 cows atleast, up to 80, tie stall or parlor. House for six people, 2 adult 4 children.  Equipment storage a plus

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Dairy

Description of livestock/crops:

Certified organic milk cows, dry stock and young stock.  Around 75 animals with goals to grow.

Need winter feed in form of baleage, dry hay and possibly annual forage

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Would like to buy, open to lease to own with short term agreement

Additional Information

Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm owner, On farm work experience, Farmer training or workshop