Commitment to sustainable farming for dairy enterprise

Marks Farms, once a small, family owned and operated dairy with 250 Holsteins, has grown to be one of the largest, most progressive, self-contained dairy enterprises in the state of New York, and has a major economic impact in Lewis County. David Peck, managing partner of Marks Farms, says, “We firmly believe that our successes will continue as long as we strive to always act responsibly. Our goal is to maintain our family atmosphere while staying focused on animal health and wellbeing.”

LWR president Ross Thurston says that the LWR System will allow Mark’s Farms to achieve their goals, while protecting the Middle Black River Watershed. “Marks Farms is a great example of how progress can be achieved while maintaining committed to protecting the environment. They will now have the ability to reduce their manure footprint while continuing to protect their community from nutrient runoff.”

With the LWR System, Mark’s Farms will be able to recover 62 million gallons of water annually from dairy manure on the farm while concentrated valuable nutrients for fertilizer. The recycled water will be used to clean sand bedding and maintain the overall cleanliness of the dairy.