Elmartin Farm -- Cheshire MA

The Barn & Current Use

2013 Farm Updates To Current
2012 Farm Update
Family's Farm History
About The Present Owner Everett L. "Gus" Martin
Property Pictoral
Topographic & Satellite Maps of the Property & Region
The Barn & Current Use
Beef Production Program
Fun On The Farm
Elmartin Farm Stay
Elmartin Cows and Bulls Herds / Dispersals / Names
Mount Greylock & Amphitheater
Cheshire Massachusetts



The Barn
The main Barn was built in  1952  by Bob Daniels , a Cheshire, MA builder.  The structure  is  200' x 50.'   It was built to house 84 cows and had 9 calf pens, stalls for 9 heifers,3 bull pens, and 5 other pens. 
The  cows were milked in their stanchions until a milking parlor was added to the front of the barn in 1980.
The barn was the first in this area to have an inside hay conveyor to carry bales from the wagon on the barn floor area to the hay mow.
In 2008, many cow stalls were converted into stalls for horses.  Along with 7 other pens, there is now room for 13 horses to be stabled in the barn.  Other stalls are in a shed behind the barn.
Despite the above, semi-permanent modifications,  the barn remains capable of housing the same number of animals as orignally described at the top.  Additionally, the milking rooms are in tact, though also not currently operational.


The Animals
Once, exclusively a dairy farm, today Elmartin Farm houses many different animals ranging from livestock for consumption to pleasure animals  for enjoyment. 
Current Elmartin Farm Activities

Beef animals are kept to be pastured during the summer.  Steers are raised for folks who desire to know where their meat is coming from.  Currently, there is capacity to house 40 head in the barn; and more outside. 
1 to 2 litters of pigs are born each year and raise for meat.
A flock of chickens is kept to supply fresh eggs.  We have white, brown and green eggs which we use and sell. 
What would a farm be without a "Billy?"

Much of the land is protected from development by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Agricultural Protection Restriction Program.  Therefore, the land will always be available for farming operations.  The Commonwealth's Forestry Stewardship Plan is also in effect.



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