Strategies to improve profitability of organic dairy herds in the upper Midwest
Soil Management Research
Project Number: 5060-11610-002-08
Start Date: Oct 01, 2012
End Date: May 31, 2016
1) Develop practical strategies for Midwest organic dairy producers to enhance pasture production.
2) Evaluate the economic, production, and environmental outcomes of summer shade and winter housing strategies for organic dairy cattle.
3) Assess dairy cattle health and management strategies during a transition to organic production and in subsequent years.
4) Disseminate extension information and evaluate differences of best management practices (forages, housing, and health) for organic and transitioning organic producers to enhance profitability.
ARS will be addressing the soil health aspects of enhancing pasture production through forage production and supplemental systems.