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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Strategies to Improve Profitability of Organic Dairy Herds in the Upper Midwest

Location: Soil Management Research

Project Number: 5060-11610-001-08
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Oct 01, 2012
End Date: May 31, 2016

Objective:
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.

Approach:
ARS will be addressing the soil health aspects of enhancing pasture production through forage production and supplemental systems.

Last Modified: 12/20/2014
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