July 21 2023
New Zealand is home to about 5 million people and 5 million cows. That is half the number of cows that are in the United States, all on an island not quite the size of California
March 30 2023
Cows grazing on green grass in front of a picturesque barn can still be found on some dairy advertisements even though it’s true for fewer of today’s dairy farms. But Jason Cavadini thinks...
April 28 2022
Consumer expectations and farmer responses to whether cows should have pasture access may vary, and in between there is a lot to think about
March 14 2022
Milk is the most important commodity produced on a dairy farm, and both quality and quantity of that product matter to the farm’s success. This is true for every kind of dairy
Aug. 23 2021
Holtz Dairy uses a rotational grazing system to help feed their organic dairy herd. They converted 150 acres to this system after being unable to grow crops on the soil
April 19 2021
With warming weather and spring rains, more farms are able to let their animals out onto green pastures after a long winter
Oct. 5 2020
Matt Bomgardner of Blue Mountain View Farm in Annville, Pa., returned home to the family farm full time in 2005
March 25 2020
Every time I had to go mend a fence, I first had to pile all my supplies onto my truck or tractor. To get the job done quickly, I came up with the idea of making a fencing wagon
March 20 2020
The value of hindsight has been proven for a New Zealand dairying operation as it focuses on sustainability for the future. Owned by the Legg family, Lakeside Ayrshires is a 180-hectare (445 acres) op
July 8 2019
In conversations revolving around welfare, a common topic is pasture allowance. Particularly among consumers, there is great interest to the merits of permanent pasture housing versus permanent enclosure...
Nov. 15 2018
There is growing global demand for grass-fed dairy products. Consumers are becoming more concerned about the origins of food, and grass-fed dairy and organic dairy provide alternative products for consumers
Feb. 5 2018
The path to dairy farm ownership is not an easy one. For some families, the transfer of the dairy from one generation to the next can be filled with highs and lows
April 10 2017
At Dan and Wendy Flood’s dairy farm in Oakfield, Wis., screws have been inserted into some of the wooden fence posts around their pastures. When it is time for the cows to come in for milking
Nov. 8 2016
It’s November 8. Most Americans are celebrating the long-awaited end of the political campaign season
Feb. 18 2014
"If you don't want to graze your cows, at least consider rotationally grazing your heifers." That was the advice given by Larry Tranel, Iowa State Extension Dairy Specialist, at an Iowa Dairy Days meeting...
Dec. 23 2013
With a comparison between organic operations and conventional high-grain herds, Washington State University researcher Charles Benbrook concluded that whole milk from organic dairies contains far more...
Dec. 16 2013
Growth within the grass-fed segment of our industry will depend primarily on the people, cows and availability of grass. A presentation from Dairy Farmers of America's Dairy Grazing Service highlighted...
Oct. 29 2013
Investments in pasture and people are key to a successful grazing program. "Are we still heading the right direction with grazing?" That is the question Joel McNair, editor of Graze magazine, asked the...
Oct. 28 2013
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, said Stacey Hamilton, dairy specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, at their grazing conference last week. Designing a grazing system takes thoughtful...
Oct. 8 2013
If done well, grazing can lower forage costs and still maintain growth rates for dairy replacements. Raising calves and heifers can be the second largest cost on a dairy operation, shared David Combs,...