Out-wintering does not mean frostbitten teats
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.