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Sawmilling on a Family Farm in Upstate New York

| 4/15/2019 9:56:00 AM

Beachy's Lumber sign New York 

Located in the scenic countryside of upstate New York is the family owned and operated sawmilling business Beachy’s Lumber. Lynn Beachy, patriarch of the farm and mill operation, along with his five sons run their full-time lumber business on a 70-acre property in the quiet one square-mile village of Middleport, NY. Established in 2009, the successful lumber business has led to many benefits for the Beachy family including their ability to be self-sufficient, work from home, and provide quality wood products for their own farm and the surrounding community.

Lynn Beachy working at his desk

On the Beachy’s farm, the major crop produced is 40 acres of hay in order to sustain their operation that includes 30 beef cows, six Belgian workhorses, and six Standardbred horses used for transportation. As the only “crop” sold outside of the farm, the lumber side of the business resulted from the family’s familiarity with timber processing and the flexibility that comes with running their own business. The reason we got into the lumber business was that I was looking for a job that I could be at home, said Lynn Beachy, owner of Beachy’s Lumber. My two older sons had worked for another sawmill and that seemed to be what would fill that [wish].

Wood-Mizer LT70 Wide sawmill cutting

Today, the Beachy’s operate with a diesel-powered Wood- Mizer LT70 Super Hydraulic sawmill and a gas engine table cut off saw to cut boards to length. The stationary sawmill business runs 9 hours a day, 5 days a week. “The reason for getting the Wood-Mizer was that the business before us had a Wood-Mizer and they were satisfied,” said Lynn. “There’s also a local branch nearby in Hannibal and we get good service that way.” According to Lynn, the simplicity of the sawmill allows for anyone in the family to learn and operate the machine. Our boys learn just by being the off bearer and watching, shared Lynn. The other day, none of the older brothers were here and someone needed a couple pieces cut and my younger son was able to get on there and cut.

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