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Dairy Cows Head to Pasture for the First Time on Providence Farm

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Dairy Cattle, Fencing, Grazing Management, Planning, Water  /  3 Comments

Vermont’s Providence Dairy is transitioning from a tie-stall barn to pasture-based dairying. Here are some of the challenges the Connors faced this first spring and how they’ve solved them.

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Dairy Cow Body Condition Scoring

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Dairy Cow Body Condition Scoring

Scoring can help identify health problems or her management issues. It’s as easy as standing behind your cow and comparing her to these photos.

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Save Calves from Scours

By   /  January 23, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  5 Comments

It’s a management problem – and solution. Here are the symptoms, treatment and prevention.

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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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