ID

SPES-213NP (SPES-289NP)

Authors as Published

Eric Bendfeldt, Gerald Garber

Cave View Farms

Gerald Garber is the co-owner and operator of Cave View Farms, a 600-head dairy and feed operation in Weyers Cave, Virginia. Observing the advice from a former mentor that said "You can’t fool a cow, she’ll get even." Gerald focuses his management strategies on creating a clean and comfortable environment for his cows through rotational loafing lots, concrete stream walkways, stream fencing, and large, spacious, and comfortable indoor facilities. Gerald’s conservation ethic has evolved from this focus on "clean cows" to include practices such as cover cropping, and wildlife and pollinator habitats. Recognizing the importance of sharing his first-hand farming experience with policy makers and the broader public, Gerald allows open-access and full transparency on his farm operation for advocacy and education.

 


Virginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, reprint, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.

Virginia Cooperative Extension is a partnership of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments. Its programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, military status, or any other basis protected by law.

Publication Date

January 13, 2021