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Dairy Production on Pasture: An Introduction to Grass-Based and Seasonal Dairying
A feature in Agri-View highlights the Peters family's dairy operation in Greenwood, Wisconsin, where they rotationally graze and milk 66 cows. The Peters cross Holstein, Jersey, and Ayrshire cattle, and add beef genetics for cows calving in winter, to add sale value to the calves. They strip-graze large fields with their cow, heifer, and calf herds, using Tumblewheels rather than step-in posts for their temporary electric fence. Their rotational grazing system allows them to keep cows in the herd longer, so they need fewer replacements, and they say the dairy grazing lifestyle allows them more family time.
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