Heifer and Crop Farm Division
The Stokoe Family dairy heifer replacement operations is centered on Rts 5 & 20 in Avon, New York. The Stokoe family has raised dairy heifer replacements for over 100 years. Twenty years ago we would purchase young animals, feed and care for them for 8-9 months, and then sell to local dairies. The industry changed and we needed to change with it. We are now contract raising heifers for local dairies. The farm is always looking to grow our client base. The animals range in age from 4 months to 2 years old, at which time they are ready to have a calf and return home. The Avon farm was purchased in 1992, and can house 500 head. The farm works with Genex for our breeding program. The heifers from our farm are content, well grown, and productive when they return home and enter their milking herd. The operation is classified as a medium CAFO and is DEC permitted with continuous monitoring for best practices for conservation stewardship. In 2019 we will be upgrading the manure facilities to bring the farm above current standards.
The Cop Division at Stokoe Farms is located at 711 Bowerman Rd. in Scottsville, New York. This portion of the farm grows corn, soybeans, wheat and malting barley. The location includes a grain drying and storage facility that has the capacity to store the year’s harvest. We sell our products locally for feed, ethanol, flour and malt. Stokoe Farms is continually looking to improve our farming operation. We have adopted technology which helps the operator monitor seed and fertilizer placement, as well as soil temperature. Today, we are running leaner and greener than just a few years ago. This effort is to reduce what we use, protect our environment, and conserve for our future generations.
Some ways we accomplish our conservation goal:
- Crop residue is managed to minimize soil erosion as well as improve utilization of fertilizer
- Heifer manure is applied based on soil tests to reduce usage of manufactured fertilizers
- Spray material is purchased and transported in reusable/returnable containers
- Seed is purchased in 50 unit reusable/returnable containers
- Most equipment is fitted with GPS controls for auto-steering which enables us to reduce crop inputs and fuel consumption, while increasing product placement accuracy
- Tower grain drying systems that reclaims heated air in the drying process, conserving energy needed
- Installed energy efficient fluorescent lighting in our shops to reduce energy consumption
- Heifers are fed a by-product from local vegetable processing plant
- Bulk oil is used at farm shop, reducing plastic containers used to zero