Setting Up a Grazing System on Your Organic Dairy Farm Webinar

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The slides from the webinar can be found at the following link as a pdf file:

Resources mentioned in the webinar:

Magazines: Stockman Grass Farmer Magazine 800-748-9808, Graze Magazine 608-455-3311
Books: Greener Pastures on Your Side of the Fence-Bill Murphy 800-639-4178

 About the Webinar

In this webinar, we will address the basic principles of how to set up a grazing system which will improve pasture quality and animal performance. We’ll include paddock size calculations, recovery periods, maps and record-keeping, and further resources.

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About Presenters Cindy Daley and Sarah Flack

Cindy Daley is a professor in the College of Agriculture at the California State University, Chico. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science at the University of Illinois and her PhD in animal science--endocrinology at the University of California, Davis. Cindy is the faculty supervisor and manager of the Organic Dairy Teaching and Applied Research Unit at CSU-Chico where, in 2007, she spearheaded the effort to transition the dairy to a certified organic operation. The dairy supports 80 cross-bred milking cows, as a seasonal system; the farm has certified 115 acres as organic to support curricular enhancements, including an integrated organic livestock/cropping system and organic vegetable project with sales to food services on campus. Forty-five acres of certified organic ground is in irrigated pasture, and under intensive grazing management. Forty acres of certified organic crop ground is devoted to winter forage, summer annuals, cover crops and vegetable production. The additional thirty acres is committed to organic alfalfa.

Sarah Flack is a national consultant on grass-based livestock farming and lives in Fairfield, Vermont. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Agriculture and Biology and her Masters of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont (UVM). She also has post graduate training in organic certification, business management, Holistic Management, animal welfare, organic production practices and much “on-the-job” farm experience. For the past 14 years, she has worked as an independent organic certification inspector, and has also served on OMRI's Livestock Review Panel for the past 2 years. For 8 years, she worked as an organic livestock technical assistance provider for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) and for 5 years she was the Vermont Pasture Network Facilitator at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Sarah grew up on a grass-based livestock farm in northern Vermont and farmed with her family for many years where she gained hands-on experience with sheep, dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs, poultry, and goats as well as with vegetables, medicinal herbs, pasture management and forest management.

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Published July 20, 2010

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