31 Holden Road, Lansing, NY 14882
Walnut Ridge Dairy has seen growth in a variety of ways since its establishment in 1951. Starting with 14 cows and 140 acres, Walnut Ridge Dairy is now a second generation farm with 1,400 cows, including 1,200 heifers and young stock. The farm grows approximately 50 percent of the feed that is fed to their cows on 2,000 acres, including corn, alfalfa and a grass mix.
Four unrelated families own and operate Walnut Ridge Dairy today, and they take pride in making family, animal health and well-being and being stewards of the land as the top priorities in their business, as well as profitability, which is critical in obtaining the other three priorities. To do so, cooperation amongst the families and a willingness to try new innovative ideas is essential for the farm’s success. With 28 employees to aid on the farm, Walnut Ridge Dairy ships high-quality milk to Cayuga Milk Ingredients in Auburn.
Walnut Ridge Dairy is proud to be considered a Lake Friendly Farm and Dairy of Distinction, both notable accomplishments within the community and agriculture industry. The farm’s partners are also members of and active in the Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA), New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC), Cayuga Marketing and Farm Credit East. With four families involved in the business, the community involvement is plentiful and includes All Saints Church, Lansing United Methodist Church, St. Mary’s School, YMCA, AGR Fraternity, 4-H, Lansing Youth Mission, Tompkins County Area Development, Lansing Community Library, Groton Girl Scouts, St. Anthony’s of Padua Church and the Tompkins Ag Protection Board.
Feel free to contact any of us if you have any questions about our farm, the agriculture industry or if you simply care to stop by for a tour of our farm.
Walnut Ridge Dairy Partners:
Keith Chapin John Fleming Skip Hardie Steve Palladino