“My great-grandfather bought the land in 1894. I am fourth generation and still dairying,” Ken Bauman said. “We have expanded over the last hundred years and have been selling to Dean’s since Dean Foods began. Dean’s has plants in Huntley and Chemung. They pasteurize the raw milk there.”

 “Our farm is Mar-Wood Ridge Registered Holsteins. The Bauman family has been here over 100 years,” said Beth Bauman. “The farm has been given a historical plaque. We raise over 100 head on the farm. We raise cattle from calf to milking age and beyond. We milk over 50 head of cows, twice a day.X

“Ken and I now run the farm with our kids. Renee and Randall are fifth generation dairy farmers. We raise our own hay and corn silage to feed the cattle. We go as natural as we can. We have shipped milk to Dean’s for over 50 years.

“We have red and white, and black and white Holsteins. Cows have a nine month gestation period. We do not have a bull on the farm, we breed our cows. In the winter, we let them out to stretch and exercise so we can clean the barn and put down fresh bedding.”

“It’s a challenging business which is why I think you see fewer dairy operations,” Ken added. “Another challenge is finding outside help. 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week doesn’t fit everyone’s schedule.

“It’s very rewarding. You get life and death situations, frustration and happiness in one day. Agriculture may seem monotonous, but it is different every day.”

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