Access to Pasture Resources
from eOrganic’s Dairy Team
Added October 1, 2010. eOrganic is an online community of more than 600 ag service providers and farmers who are providing science-, experience-, and regulation-based certified organic information on the web at www.extension.org/organic_production . Our eOrganic Dairy Team is made up of about 60 farmers, agronomists, veterinarians, grazing and certification specialists, animal scientists, and other professionals who are working together to publish peer-reviewed articles, videos and other content at eXtension.org, a national initiative among the Land Grant Universities to increase collaboration and provide online education.
Although our articles cover a range of topics, from herd health to grazing management, recently the eOrganic Dairy Team has been focusing its efforts on developing content specifically related to the Access to Pasture Rule. The following are content that have been published to date but please be sure to check the Dairy Production section of www.extension.org/organic_production frequently as we expect that our webinar series will continue through the Fall and Winter of 2010/2011 and we are in the process of publishing several additional articles and videos as well.
An Overview of the Access to Pasture Rule on Organic Dairy Farms. http://www.extension.org/article/28875.
Harriet Behar of MOSES provides an overview of the Access to Pasture Rule in this article.
Access to Pasture Rule New and Revised Definitions.
With the creation of the Access to Pasture Rule, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) added and/or revised several terms to the NOP regulations; this article lists the definitions of these terms.
Finding a Pasture Stick in Your Area for Your Organic Dairy Farm. http://www.extension.org/article/28873.
This is a companion article to the video “Calculating Dry Matter Intake in Organic Pastures Using a Pasture Stick” at http://www.extension.org/article/28874 and lists local sources of pasture or grazing sticks.
Video: Calculating Dry Matter Intake in Organic Pastures Using a Pasture Stick. http://www.extension.org/article/28874.
This video, created by pasture and certification specialist Sarah Flack and University of Vermont Extension’s Amanda Gervais, demonstrates how to calculate the amount of pasture dry matter per acre available for grazing using a pasture stick. See article “Finding a Pasture Stick in Your Area for Your Organic Dairy Farm” at http://www.extension.org/article/28873 to learn where you can source a pasture stick in your area.
A Look at the Newly Released Organic Pasture Rule.
This webinar was given by Dr. Kerry Smith, USDA AMS National Organic Program on March 17, 2010. She provided an overview of the main components of the Pasture Rule. An archive of the presentation appears.
How to Calculate Pasture Dry Matter Intake on Your Organic
Dairy Farm Webinar by eOrganic.
This webinar, given by pasture and certification specialist Sarah Flack on August 20, 2010, dscribes how to predict the dry matter demand (DMD) of organic dairy animals, and goes through the steps of determining dry matter intake (DMI) from different types of feed, especially from pasture; as well as calculating the percent DMI from pasture. An archive of the presentation appears.
Maximizing Dry Matter Intake on Your Organic Dairy Pastures Webinar by eOrganic. http://www.extension.org/article/18624.
In this webinar, USDA NRCS animal scientist Karen Hoffman on September 16, 2010, describes how organic dairy farmers can maximize dry matter intake from the pasture. She describes the connection among milk production, a cow’s rumen and pasture quality, including plant density, number of tillers/plant, pasture height, and species composition. She takes 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 (before webinar is presented) and/or an archive of the presentation appears.
Setting Up a Grazing System on Your Organic Dairy Farm Webinar by eOrganic. http://www.extension.org/article/28799.
In this webinar offered on October 1, 2010, Cindy Daley, a professor in the College of Agriculture at the California State University, Chico, and Sarah Flack, national consultant on grass-based livestock farming, address the basic principles of how to set up a grazing system which will improve pasture quality and animal performance. They include paddock size calculations, recovery periods, maps and record-keeping, and further resources. Registration information (before webinar is presented) and/or an archive of the presentation appears.
For questions about the eOrganic Dairy Team and their work, please contact coordinator Debra Heleba at email@example.com or 802.656.4046.