The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension was recently honored to host a delegation of researchers and professors from Bejing Agricultural University. The group was visiting North Carolina State University and was interested in learning about Cooperative Extension and visiting local farms. We took the group to visit two Chatham County farms outside of Pittsboro: Manco Dairy and Ayrshire Farm.
Farmer Lynn Mann shows off his corn silage to an appreciative audience. The whole corn plant is chopped and allowed to ferment to convert it into silage, which can be stored for several years with little loss of nutrients. Lynn grows all his own feed stock at Manco Dairy.
The group checks out the calf pens and their occupants!
The calves emerge to greet the visitors.
Inside the milking parlor.
Lynn’s son Jessie loads ground corn to be mixed with other ingredients to make feed. Waste by-products that used to go into the landfill, such as cotton seed hulls and citrus pulp, are combined with mineral supplements to make a high quality feed for the cows.