June 11, 2019
This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day visits Samuel Maibach, who along with his brother, Daniel, and father, Tim, raises a herd of 90 organic, pasture-raised dairy cows. Their milk is marketed through Organic Valley. This presentation will discuss breeding and ration balancing for higher butterfat and milk components; timely haymaking; grazing high-quality forage; and keeping cows comfortable and full during the summer heat. Samuel will share his experience planting, grazing and baling forage oats and summer annual forages, and the flexibility needed when dealing with wet and dry weather. The Maibachs’ veterinarian, Dr. Guy Jodarski, will speak about natural cow care and dairy health issues.