The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 18, 2009

Cows have to wait at Great Brook Farm

New barn at Great Brook Farm. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

The new barn is up at Great Brook Farm State Park, but it’s not ready to welcome the cows. “We’re not moving into it,” Tamma Duffy explained. Funding for the purchase of the robotic milking equipment, which is manufactured in Sweden, is on hold, she said. Until the equipment can be installed they cannot use the barn. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which runs the state park system, has indicated there are no funds currently to purchase the milking equipment.

Construction on the barn began in early June. The Duffys, who have worked the farm at Great Brook for 22 years, run a dairy operation and an ice cream stand at the State Park.

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