Over-grazed pastures usually become little more than an exercise area after midsummer
A survey of twenty-nine grazing operations throughout Minnesota.
The challenge of managing a grazing system for dairy cattle is quite different than managing a confinement dairy.
A planning calendar is useful, as needs and opportunities change month by month.
Learn from pasture walks and field days led by experienced grass-based farmers.
Grazing resource inventory, plan development, pasture management, and system monitoring. (3.8 MB PDF)
Pastures and perennial forages preserved for winter feeding will be high quality forage.
Research compared irrigated and non-irrigated pasture.
Grazing can reduce production cost, improve cow health, and ease the stress on the farmer.
A database of farm financial records compares confinement and grazing systems.
Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) or feedlots: comparison of animal performance and costs. (94 K PDF)
Accurate estimation of pasture forage mass is essential for pasture-based dairy farms in the United States and around the world.
Key areas to think about when preparing pastures for grazing. A checklist.
A single person with a good understanding of animal behavior has better control of cattle
A study of the feasibility of installing pasture irrigation on dairy farms
Provide fresh pasture each day and allow plenty of time for healthy plant regrowth
A few inexpensive changes in management can often turn into higher yielding acres
Awareness to nutrient requirements and commodity markets can help reduce feed costs
Priority: fill gaps in pasture forage availability to reduce stored feed needs (1.2 MB PDF)
Fall and winter management to restore pastures to good pasture production next year
Other grazing resources we recommend
- Sustainable farming and grazing – University of Wisconsin
- Grazier's notebook – University of Wisconsin
- Grazing in the dairy state – University of Wisconsin
- Stocker enterprise budgets for grass-based systems (233 K PDF) – University of Wisconsin
- Enhancing milk components with pasture-based systems (295 K PDF) – Pennsylvania State University
- Rotational grazing – University of Kentucky
- Managing to get more milk and profit from pasture (149 K PDF) – Pennsylvania State University
- Pasture condition score sheet (27 K PDF) – United States Department of Agriculture
- Profitable grazing-based dairy systems (890 K PDF) – United States Department of Agriculture
- Pastures of plenty (536 K PDF) – University of Wisconsin
- Determining pasture condition (102 K PDF) – University of Wisconsin
- Pastures for profit: A guide to rotational grazing (617 K PDF) – University of Wisconsin
- Great Lakes Grazing Network – University of Wisconsin
- Pasture based dairies in Missouri – University of Missouri