Could Grazing Sheep Under Solar Arrays Be a Future Opportunity?

The grazing of sheep under large solar arrays at a utility scale can create the wealth of future and present livestock farmers, as well as provide providers, and also access to more grassland. In the Cornell Cooperative Enterprise Program (CEP) carried out a survey in the spring of this year, which was which was completed by nearly 600 farmers in order to determine the requirements and possibilities to collaborate to address the issues in terms of scale and size in grazing sheep under utility-scale solar arrays. A majority of respondents said that they needed an organization led by producers to make agreements, offer assurance, transportation and supervise sheep there. With the amount of sheep expected to increase, 88% of farmers feel there’s the need for more marketing and branding services as well as slaughter and processing.


Two gatherings are scheduled to discuss the results from the study. In addition, these events let farmers discuss their opinions and suggestions for the next steps toward the creation of an enterprise that is led by farmers that will serve the needs of those who are grazing sheep under solar arrays. The CEP has partnered together with CCE Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock, & Field Crops team to organize an event on Monday, 25 September 2023 from 6 – 8:30 pm on the Livingston County Murray Hill office campus. Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris, NY 14510. Register by September 25, 5:00 pm at If you have any questions or require accommodations, please call Nancy Glazier, Livestock Specialist at 585.315.7746 or email: .

CCE Jefferson County and CCE St. Lawrence County have been cooperating together with the CEP to hold the meeting on September 28th, from 12:00 until 12:30 PM at the West Room at CCE Jefferson County located at 323 North Hamilton St., Watertown, NY 13601. Register for this meeting at . For further information or a request to make accommodations available, please contact Abbey Jantzi, Dairy & Livestock Specialist by calling 315.788.8450 x 278, or Email: . To learn more about the new dawn for shepherds sheep grazing under utility-scale solar Arrays Contact Bobbie Severson CEP Director at 607.255.1987 and email Further meetings are scheduled in the southern part of Pennsylvania as well as New England later this fall.

Financial support of A New Dawn for Shepherds: Grazing Sheep in the umbrella of utility-scale Solar Arrays is created through USDA Agricultural Marketing Services, Federal State Marketing Improvement Program under the grant agreement 21FSMIPNY1002. The content of this publication is the sole author’s responsibility and are not intended to represent the official position of USDA. USDA.

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