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Dairy Production on Pasture: An Introduction to Grass-Based and Seasonal Dairying



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By Lee Rinehart

Published: 2009

Updated: 2009

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IP340

28 pages


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Introduction

In an era of high feed costs and uncertain milk prices, many dairy producers are looking to pasture to provide most of the dry matter for lactating dairy cows during the growing season. This publication addresses aspects of pasture production beginning with animal selection and forage resource assessment, grazing, facilities, reproduction and health, organic production and seasonal economics. Included are extensive resources for further reading.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Taking an inventory of resources for grass-based dairying
Forages and grazing
Dairy housing
Fencing and water systems
Seasonal dairying and considerations on reproduction
Grazing nutrition
Supplementing dairy cows
Health management
Organic dairy production
Proposed organic dairy grazing standards
Grass-fed standards and process verification
Animal welfare
Seasonal economics
Marketing pasture-based livestock products
Conclusion
References
Further resources

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