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Research Project: Improving Sustainability of Dairy and Forage Production Systems for the Upper Midwest

Location: Environmentally Integrated Dairy Management Research

Title: Grazing systems can be a win-win solution for the modern-day dairy

item Jaramillo, David
item CAMISA NOVA, CARLOS - University Of Wisconsin

Submitted to: Symposium Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/2/2023
Publication Date: 10/2/2023
Citation: Jaramillo, D.M., Camisa Nova, C.H. 2023. Grazing systems can be a win-win solution for the modern-day dairy. Symposium Proceedings. World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI, October 6, 2023.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Incorporating pasture systems into modern dairies has potential to promote positive environmental, economic, and animal welfare outcomes. Despite the potential benefits of grazing management, numerous challenges still remain, which have hindered the adoption of these practices. However, in modern dairies, grazing systems might fit especially well for raising replacement heifers, as evidence suggests that pasture-raised heifers can be more productive than confinement-raised heifers at first lactation. During this session, we address some benefits and challenges of the adoption of grazing-based systems, and identify where grazing might fit into the modern dairy.