Dairy Outreach

Information for producers, farmers, other researchers, and students.  View posters, webinars, and articles relevant to producer questions and industry challenges.

Crossbreeding and Genetics

Breeding considerations for organic dairy farms

Breeding and Genetics: Considerations for Organic Dairy Farms (YouTube)

Dairy Calves

Group feeding dairy calves

Feeding kelp to organic dairy calves

Dairy Steers

Effect of growth, meat quality, profitability, and consumer acceptability of organically raised dairy-beef steers (YouTube)

Fly Control

Unique fly control methods for organic dairy farms (Webinar, March 2016)

Fly control for grazing and organic dairies

Outwintering

Considerations for Out-Wintering the Organic Dairy Herd (Webinar)

Out-wintering does not mean forstbitten teats

Pasture and Forages

eOrganics Webinar on Organic Grazing (February 2016)

Feeding fodder to dairy cows - a look at the production system

Farmers, experts examine value of sprouted fodder systems

Evaluation of feeding hydroponic barley fodder to organic dairy cattle

Supplementation for the Grazing Cow

Pasture, Grain, or No Grain?

Less organic grain equals more profit (PDF)

Evaluation of Cover Crops for Grazing Systems

Precision Technology

Estimating pasture forage mass for pasture-based dairies 

Rumination sensors in an organic grazing system (poster presented in Holland, June 2016)

Posters

MOSES Organic Farm Conference 2017 poster (PDF):

MOSES Organic Farm Conference 2016 posters (PDF):

Students

Hands-on learning opportunities and internships exist for both undergrad and graduate students.  Students assist us with animal care and data collection for our research projects.  Current graduate students working with the WCROC dairy include:

  • Glenda Pereira
  • Hannah Phillips
  • Jessica Rauba
  • Kathryn Ruh

Inquire about student learning opportunities by contacting Brad Heins at hein006@umn.edu