Burkhart Dairy Farm: Taking Pride in Preservation Rachael Burkhart
History <ul><li>My father was raised on a small farm in East Knoxville and milked cows until he left for medical school. <...
About our farm <ul><li>Currently we are farming 1100 acres and raising both beef and dairy cattle while growing our own cr...
Full-Time Farming <ul><li>There are seven employees working for us:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Farm manager: Oversees the crop...
The Dairy <ul><li>Our primary focus. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently milking 200 Holsteins and Jerseys. </li></ul><ul><li>Ship...
The Dairy <ul><li>The cows are milked in a double 12 parallel parlor twice a day. </li></ul><ul><li>Two employees work eac...
The Crops <ul><li>We purchase very few commodities and instead rely on what we grow to feed our cattle. </li></ul><ul><li>...
The Crops <ul><li>Corn: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We plant over 300 acres of corn each year. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>250 ac...
The Crops <ul><li>Soybeans: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are also 300 acres of soybeans planted. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
The Crops <ul><li>Wheat: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>200 acres is planted each year for both grain and silage. </li></ul></ul>
The Crops <ul><li>Hay: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coastal Bermuda, Orchardgrass and Sudan. </li></ul></ul>
Foothills Land Conservancy <ul><li>“ The Foothills Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization whose purpose and mission...
AGRICULTURE/FORESTRY STEWARDSHIP AWARD BURKHART DAIRY FARM <ul><li>In 2003 my parents granted a conservation easement for ...
Keeping it in the Family
The Burkharts <ul><li>Every family member is involved in the successful operation of the farm. </li></ul><ul><li>There are...
The Burkharts <ul><li>The oldest, Malinda, is currently working on her residency at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota after receivi...
The Burkharts <ul><li>I am the second daughter and the dairy manager. </li></ul><ul><li>I graduated from the University of...
The Burkharts <ul><li>Rebecca is eighteen and is attending the University of Tennessee studying pre-veterinary medicine. <...
The Burkharts <ul><li>Ann Taylor is seventeen and  is a sophomore at Maryville Christian. </li></ul>
The Burkharts <ul><li>Mack is fourteen and is an eighth grader at Maryville Christian. </li></ul>
The Burkharts My mom, Missy, grew up in North Knoxville a city girl.  Little did she know she would be milking cows on her...
Taking Pride in Preservation <ul><li>Farming is as important to our everyday lives as the air we breathe and the land we c...
Taking Pride in Preservation <ul><li>Our goal is to keep the farm in our family so that future generations can benefit fro...
Thank You We would like to extend our appreciation to the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance for asking us to share our ...
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Rachel Burkhart spoke at the 2009 East Tennessee Regional Preservation Conference about her family's dairy farm and how they have preserved the land and buildings.

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  • My dad works on the burkheart dairy farm. i lived there for 18 yrs myself. all my childhood memories are spreed over all 1100 acrs of that farm. i realy enjoyed this it brought back many good memories.
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  1. 1. Burkhart Dairy Farm: Taking Pride in Preservation Rachael Burkhart
  2. 2. History <ul><li>My father was raised on a small farm in East Knoxville and milked cows until he left for medical school. </li></ul><ul><li>Upon establishing his medical practice he decided to follow what was in his heart and pursue a dual career as farmer and doctor. </li></ul><ul><li>He purchased the land as it became available over 35 years ago and shortly after built the dairy and began milking. </li></ul>
  3. 3. About our farm <ul><li>Currently we are farming 1100 acres and raising both beef and dairy cattle while growing our own crops. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Full-Time Farming <ul><li>There are seven employees working for us: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Farm manager: Oversees the crops, machinery and beef cattle. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dairywoman: Manages over 200 dairy cows and calves. Maintains breeding, health and nutrition for all. Oversees five employees, and milking equipment. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Dairy <ul><li>Our primary focus. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently milking 200 Holsteins and Jerseys. </li></ul><ul><li>Shipping over 20,000 lbs of milk to Dairy Farmers of America every other day. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Dairy <ul><li>The cows are milked in a double 12 parallel parlor twice a day. </li></ul><ul><li>Two employees work each six hour shift. </li></ul><ul><li>Cows are milked starting at three am and three pm. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Crops <ul><li>We purchase very few commodities and instead rely on what we grow to feed our cattle. </li></ul><ul><li>The crops we grow include: corn, wheat, soybeans and hay. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Crops <ul><li>Corn: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We plant over 300 acres of corn each year. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>250 acres of it is harvested for silage and the rest is used for grain. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Crops <ul><li>Soybeans: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are also 300 acres of soybeans planted. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is only harvested for grain to feed, selling any excess. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Crops <ul><li>Wheat: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>200 acres is planted each year for both grain and silage. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The Crops <ul><li>Hay: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coastal Bermuda, Orchardgrass and Sudan. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Foothills Land Conservancy <ul><li>“ The Foothills Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization whose purpose and mission are the protection and preservation of conservation values of natural and productive landscapes in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and their surroundings.” </li></ul><ul><li>To date, FLC has helped over 60 land owners in protecting a combined 20,000 acres. </li></ul>
  13. 13. AGRICULTURE/FORESTRY STEWARDSHIP AWARD BURKHART DAIRY FARM <ul><li>In 2003 my parents granted a conservation easement for our entire 1,100-acre dairy and beef cattle farm to the Foothills Land Conservancy. </li></ul><ul><li>This was the largest land grant of any kind received by the conservancy and the first one designed to protect a working commercial farm. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Keeping it in the Family
  15. 15. The Burkharts <ul><li>Every family member is involved in the successful operation of the farm. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 4 girls and 1 boy in our family. </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Burkharts <ul><li>The oldest, Malinda, is currently working on her residency at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota after receiving her masters degree in reproductive physiology in dairy cattle from the University of Missouri. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Her goal is to move back to Tennessee to practice medicine and reside on the farm. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. The Burkharts <ul><li>I am the second daughter and the dairy manager. </li></ul><ul><li>I graduated from the University of Tennessee receiving my bachelors degree in agriculture. </li></ul><ul><li>My goal is to farm as long as my daddy lets me! </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Burkharts <ul><li>Rebecca is eighteen and is attending the University of Tennessee studying pre-veterinary medicine. </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Burkharts <ul><li>Ann Taylor is seventeen and is a sophomore at Maryville Christian. </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Burkharts <ul><li>Mack is fourteen and is an eighth grader at Maryville Christian. </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Burkharts My mom, Missy, grew up in North Knoxville a city girl. Little did she know she would be milking cows on her honeymoon. Dad is a successful orthopedist and dairy farmer. Both of which he takes great pride in.
  22. 22. Taking Pride in Preservation <ul><li>Farming is as important to our everyday lives as the air we breathe and the land we cultivate. </li></ul><ul><li>As more land is being sold for subdivisions and commercial development it is imperative that we preserve our heritage: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public education and awareness (cattle shows, field trips, Blount County Farm Day, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Taking Pride in Preservation <ul><li>Our goal is to keep the farm in our family so that future generations can benefit from the land and all that it has to offer. </li></ul><ul><li>One day our 1100 acres will be surrounded by houses and people will continue to complain about smells, cows in the road and slow tractors. But for us it’s not just farming, it’s a way of life. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Thank You We would like to extend our appreciation to the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance for asking us to share our story, and to all of those who find importance in protecting our heritage.

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