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NODPA E-NEWSLETTER | June 7, 2010

Advice on managing weeds and keeping fresh cows healthy ... and brand new pasture rule resources

Welcome to NODPA's June e-Newletter. We hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the 2010 growing season. It's our hope that we are assisting you in staying on top of the organic dairy issues; both for industry updates and technical services. Our next print newsletter, which goes out bi-monthly, will be published and mailed to our subscribers in early July and we welcome any feedback or input from you. New to our web site this month:

Our Pasture Rule Resource Page has been updated: 
NODPA has started to contact certifiers who work with organic dairy farms to find out what they are offering for paperwork to document compliance with the new Pasture Rule requirements. We have added a new section to our Pasture Rule Resource Page highlighting resources, OSP documents, and educational opportunities that various certifiers and educators are providing. Learn more >

Raw Milk Sales are no longer allowed for some organic dairy producers, but okay for others. Last month Organic Valley's Board of Directors voted four to three to prohibit its member dairies from selling raw milk. (Other processors, including Horizon Organic, are not prohibiting their producers from selling raw milk.) Click to read David Gumpert's article about this very contentious issue. 

Teaching Cows to Eat Weeds - On many farms in the Northeast, cows are into their second  (or third) grazing rotation. At this point in the season, one may find that some pastures have some less desirable plants that did not get eaten and they are maturing and going to seed. Wouldn't it be nice if the cows had grazed these plants too? How do we train our cows to be better graziers? How can we teach them to eat weeds? How nutritious are these rejected plants? Kathy Voth, author of 'Cows Eat Weeds; How to Turn Your Cows Into Weed Managers' has written an article explaining all of this. Check it out >

Fresh Cow Health: During the month of March and April, there was a lot of discussions on Odairy regarding issues with fresh cows including milk fever, prolapses, and grass tetany. The discussions on this active list-serv often times encourage us to find someone to author an article to address those topics. Dr. Paul Detloff, staff Veterinarian for Organic Valley, was nice enough to do just that and wrote write an article titled 'Properly Preparing the Fresh Cow'. 
Go to it now >

Odairy Discussions: Liz Bawden, a NODPA Representative, Organic producer in NY, and NODPA News Co-Editor always does a wonderful job summarizing discussions that have taken place on our Odairy listserv. These article summaries are published in our bi-monthly print newsletter. If there is a discussion mentioned in her article that you find interesting, you can go to the O-Dairy archives and find the discussions, organized by subject heading, in their entirety. There was one technical flaw in the May Newsletter that Dr. Hubert Karreman found and we have amended Liz's article to reflect that error. In her article it was mentioned that Fleet Enema added to a bottle of dextrose or hypertonic saline would be a good treatment for potassium deficiency (Grass Tetany). This is inaccurate; Fleet Enema is high in phosphorous and would not be an appropriate treatment for grass tetany but would be appropriate for a cow that is down due to low phosphorus. Go to Liz's wrap-up now >

Other Resources for Dairy Farmers: Books for organic dairy farmers.
 
Pam Moore, an organic dairy producer from Nichols, New York, pulled together a questionnaire asking producers how they have been faring over the past couple years as a result of the organic milk surplus. We have offered to help circulate this questionnaire with the hopes that she will hear from a wide spectrum of producers from all parts of the U.S. All information will remain confidential; Pam's mailing address is included at the bottom of the Questionnaire. Check out the Questionnaire.

Lisa McCrory, NODPA News Managing Editor

 






NODPA NOTES

NODPA’s 10th Annual Field Days And Producer Meeting
October 7 and 8,
MOFGA's Common Ground Fairgrounds in Unity Main


Three Important Updates!

View the agenda!
NODPA’s Field Days marks its 10th anniversary on October 7th and 8th at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s (MOFGA) Common Ground Fairgrounds and Education Center in Unity, Maine. (Click here for the schedule of events.) So save the date and start your planning for a beautiful fall weekend in Maine.

Calling all farmers who have innovative renewable energy practices/projects on their farms.
You are invited to display photos, materials, and share information about your experiences at Field Days. Please email or call Nora Owens, Field Days Coordinator, to reserve space and/or to learn more about this opportunity (noraowens@comcast.net, 413-772-0444). 

Attention Sponsors, Supporters, Trade Show participants:
You still have until June 15th to take advantage of our Early Bird Bonus. Click here for more information and sponsor/trade show registration. Nora Owens, Field Days Coordinator is happy to answer any questions you may have:

noraowens@comcast.net
phone: 413-772-0444 



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