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Pasture Walk

Water in the fields

Our local Cornell Co-operative Extension (and probably yours too!) is active in getting events organized for farmers to learn from and network with each other. Last night we attended a pasture walk in nearby Glen Aubry at McRey Farm to learn how they set up their pastures, and a little bit more about their operation.


The program was organized by both the CCE and Natural Resources Conservation Services. NRCS is responsible for several programs that both help promote farmland as well as protect our natural areas. In support of this, several grants are available annually and are funded by the Farm Bill.


The EQIP program provides financial and technical services for farmers who put environmental issues first. A big example of this program involves perimeter fencing – establishing the boundary between your farm animals and wildlife.

Corner posts

Fencing has to be built to spec and guildelines followed. For example, this corner of the high tensile fence has to be 8′ and at a certain angle. The angle ensures the fence can be tightened and loosened in the the most efficient way. In the background you can see a natural pond that was enlarged and then fenced in as part of the CRP program. This pond establishes a wetlands where birds can nest, and also privdes a hydrant that nca be used in emergencies. Otherwise, this area cannot be touched and must be left natural.


They also successfully contain their Tamworth pigs in the high tensile, although this fence is electrified.

Water in the fields

The EQIP program also funded a water line that provides water for each pasture. If you look carefully you can see a waterer long this fenceline in a cow pasture. They are fed by 1.5″ pipe that is laid on the ground and fed by a pump from a well.

Water fitting

Tanks can be quickly connected and filled with this system.


They had chickens at the farm as well, maintained by a neighboring teenage inspiring farmer. (They had no Murphy though, just chickens!)


They raised sheep too! The pasture walk was very informative, and if you are farming I encourage you to find some in your area. We find out in the next couple weeks if we will receive some EQIP grants, so cross your fingers!

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