With the extreme drought conditions in the Upper Midwest during 2012, many dairy producers continue to be worried about high grain and hay prices. Therefore, producers are reducing the amount of grain fed to cattle to reduce feed costs and maintain profitability.
Along with the wonderful grazing weather and hot summer, come flies! One issue that is consistent among the farmers that I talk to is control of flies under organic conditions.
Profitability of organic dairying, research effort investigating the economics of transitioning to organic dairy production.
Organic dairies treat mastitis using a veariety of organic medications, such as garlic or aloe. They also need to identify subclinical infections, culture cows, practice milking hygiene and develop culling guidelines.
Organic dairy producers may reduce the amount of grain supplemented to lactating cows and lower their cost of production without reducing milk production.
Bradley Heins shares an update on where organic research at the WCROC is headed
Addressing concerns that restrictions on antibiotics may have a negative health impact.
U of M research: agriculture alternatives and the science of organic systems.
Fewer problems managing the herd compared to managing soils and weeds on organic acres.
Organic is a production system, not a product. U of M herd transitions for research, teaching.
How to participate in the organic market. How to develop a certifiable organic production system.
Suppress weeds, reduce erosion, and insure crop yield, but can also reduce alfalfa establishment. (28 K PDF)
Other organic dairying resources we recommend
- National Organic Program – United States Department of Agriculture
- Introduction to organic farming (1.3 MB PDF) – United States Department of Agriculture
- Organic production and certification – Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- Considering organic dairy? Resources for Minnesota (216 K PDF) – Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- Organic farm performance in Minnesota (847 K PDF) – Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- Organic feed and grain price reports – United States Department of Agriculture
- Feeding herds certified for organic milk production (39 K PDF) – The Ohio State University
- Organic dairy budget (XLS) – Iowa State University
- Organic agriculture in Wisconsin – University of Wisconsin
- Summary of economics studies of organic dairy farming (94 K PDF) – University of Wisconsin
- Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service
- Organic livestock feed processing basics (460 K PDF) – Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- Organic dairy farms in Wisconsin: prosperous, modern, and expansive (361 K PDF) – University of Wisconsin