Scott and Traci Cleveland

Cleveland Farms: Adaptability in Grazing Leads to Economic Returns

Cleveland Farms was established in 1985 and at its current location since 1994. Scott and his wife Traci run the farm together, along with their eldest son Justin who is on the farm full-time as well. The milk from their 80 milking cows is shipped to AgriMark/Cabot. While Scott’s main motivation in transitioning to a grazing-based operation was to find a more economical way to produce milk by reducing feed costs

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Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center Strives to Make a Mark on the Region’s Dairy Industry

The NE-DBIC funds the development of direct technical assistance, contracts, and grants that benefit dairy businesses, including niche dairy products such as specialty cheese. Projects will take place throughout Vermont, New England, and the Northeast region to support cow, goat, and sheep dairy businesses in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of dairy products.

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Farmers in a grazing cohort on pasture

Transition to Grazing: Farmers Thinking Outside the Box

In 2019, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets was selected to lead one of three national USDA Dairy Business Innovation Centers. A total of $6.59 million was awarded to the Agency to fund a variety of projects in several priority areas. One identified area included assistance for farmers who would like to develop grazing as a production strategy.

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