Out-wintering does not mean frostbitten teats

December 31, 2014

Beginning dairy farmers, out of necessity, need to keep capital costs low.  Grazing and out-wintering fit the bill, as does minimal compost-barn housing. The fear, however, is chapped or frostbitten teats.  Ongoing research at the University of Minnesota is proving that fear unfounded.

Out-wintering an organic dairy herd was featured recently in an eOrganic.info webinar, a national Extension online resource.

The presenter was Brad Heins, a University of Minnesota animal scientist, who is using the West Central Research and Outreach Center’s 113-cow certified organic herd at Morris, Minn., to study successful out-wintering. The center also has a 130-cow conventional grazing herd.