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Transitioning from Confinement to Pastured Dairy – One Farm’s Process

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

This is the first of a series of articles about the transition to grazing for Jonathan and Maryann Connor of Providence Dairy in Addison, VT. We will cover the farmers’ decision making process, their goals, the planning process, funding, and implementation, along with successes and challenges faced. We look forward to readers’ comments and shared […]

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How We Transitioned to Be A Grain Free Dairy

By   /  October 17, 2016  /  Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

We here at Butterworks Farm have long been interested in no grain dairy farming. For the past forty years we have been grain growers as well as hay producers. Cereals (oats, wheat and barley) and row crops like corn and soy have fit neatly into our crop rotation with grasses and legumes. The straw byproduct […]

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From Grass to Milk – The Whys and Hows of Grassfed Dairy in One Graphic

By   /  May 23, 2016  /  Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on From Grass to Milk – The Whys and Hows of Grassfed Dairy in One Graphic

How can you fit all that about grassfed milk in one picture? Well, it’s a really big graphic… From our friends at Maple Hill Creamery, here’s the story of grass-based dairy starting with the parts of the grasses that make their milk possible, to the grazing system that grows the grass and feeds the cows, […]

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Stroke Your Calves For Better Weight Gain

By   /  January 4, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Better weight gain for calves, more milk from cows with just 42 minutes spread over 2 weeks. Plus a “how-to” video.

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A.I. Sires and Online Dating

By   /  November 16, 2015  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

James Coffelt, owner of Ohio Land and Cattle believes that breeding is simple. “Use the absolute best bulls you can find, and cull the heck out of the cows!” Artificial insemination (AI) is an increasingly popular way for beef producers to access “the best bulls.” However, AI sire selection should involve much more than just […]

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