Join the eOrganic Dairy Team at one of our upcoming webinars; these are part of a series addressing topics related to the recent USDA release of the Access to Pasture Rule. All are open to the public and free-of-charge. eOrganic is an online community of more than 600 ag service providers and farmers around the US who are providing peer-reviewed content (including articles, videos, and webinars) on certified organic agriculture at www.eXtension.org/organic_production. September 16, 2010 Maximizing Dry Matter Intake on Your Organic Dairy Pastures Webinar by eOrganic. In this webinar, USDA NRCS animal scientist Karen Hoffman will describes how organic dairy farmers can maximize dry matter intake from the pasture. She will discuss the connection between milk production, a cow's rumen and pasture quality, including plant density, number of tillers/plants, pasture height, and species composition. She will take a look at protein and energy relationships in the pasture and ways to balance them to enhance dry matter intake and encourage high animal performance. Registration information and an archive of the presentation (posted 1 wk following the webinar date) appear at: http://www.extension.org/article/18624.
October 1, 2010 Setting Up a Grazing System on Your Organic Dairy Farm Webinar by eOrganic. In this webinar, Cindy Daley, professor in the College of Agriculture at the California State University, Chico, and Sarah Flack, national consultant on grass-based livestock farming, will address the basic principles of setting up a grazing system to improve pasture quality and animal performance. They will discuss paddock size calculations, recovery periods, maps and record-keeping, avoiding pasture pitfalls, and further resources. Registration information and an archive of the presentation (posted 1 wk following the webinar date) appear at: http://www.extension.org/article/28799.
-- Debra M. Heleba eOrganic Dairy Team Coordinator University of Vermont Extension 63 Carrigan Drive Burlington, Vermont 05405 firstname.lastname@example.org 802.656.4046 www.uvm.edu/extension eXtension.org/organic_production