Doug Coolbaugh

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

10+

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

My plan is to build a small flock of sheep and goats as well as rabbits.  I would look to provide a high quality meat source and ship across the US to lucrative markets.  Although I worked on a farm for 8 years up thru college, I ran my own farm for 8 years after that and made money towards the end.  I believe there is income is supplying high quality meats to people from Europe and Asia who want sheep, goats and rabbits. I have successfully bred and sold meat rabbits for probably 20 years. We sold sheep yearly at an audition in Owego NY just before the Easter and Passover holidays.  There also is a big market at Christmas but breeding stock for this season is a lot of work.  I would like a farm where I can provide a barn or put up a shelter to house the animals and enough land for them to pasture.  All feed would be purchased. I would also be looking to sell to the NYC markets that are very lucrative. I have been working on this since 1988 when we were transferred with IBM from Tioga Cpunty to Austin Texas. 

Description of marketing method:

Marketing will be via the internet on my own site.  

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20

Infrastructure required:

Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

I would focus on high quality sheep , goats and rabbits. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

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

Experience description:

Grew up working on a potatoe farm for 8 years.  Started our own farm in 1980 until 1988.  Been raising and selling rabbits for 50 years.