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July 29, 2012

Farm Briefs: July 29, 2012

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PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Farm Bureau is holding its first ever Day on the Farm Aug. 18 at Rusty Creek Farm located on 787 Stetson Road in Chazy.

Rusty Creek Farm is a sixth-generation dairy farm dating back to the mid-1850s. The current partnership began in 1988 and consists of father and son, Tony and Paul LaPierre, and their families. The farm owns 800 head of livestock with 350 milk cows producing 3,200 gallons of milk daily. Approximately 1,000 acres of corn, alfalfa and grass are planted and harvested annually.

In recent years, the farm has begun to market their own fresh local beef. Sponsored by Nationwide, A Day on the Farm starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. with entertainment and educational activities happening throughout the day including hay-ride tours every half hour to explain how a modern dairy farm operates, a lineup of machinery, pony rides, a children’s activity center with coloring and activity books, a bouncy house, a sand pool with farm animal buried treasures, a local vendor raffle with a variety of door prizes, a McCadam cheese van with cheese samples, a barbecue and drinks, and an ice-cream truck with novelty treats.

“Clinton County Farm Bureau is excited and proud to have the opportunity to showcase modern agriculture to the public,” said Tony LaPierre, president of the Clinton County Farm Bureau. Admission is a $5 donation to benefit the Farm Bureau.

While enjoying the activities and learning about what it takes to operate a modern-day farm, families are encouraged to stop by the Farm Bureau booth to become a regular or supporting member. For more information, e-mail rcreek@primelink1.net.

Poultry-slaughter guide offered

PLATTSBURGH — The Cornell Small Farms Program has compiled the “On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guide” designed to complement hands-on training on how to properly kill and prepare a poultry carcass for sale. The guide focuses on the critical points for producing a product that is safe to eat.

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