Improve forage quality for increased milk or beef production

Great soils make great forage which improve dairy and beef yields

Great soils make great forage which improve dairy and beef yields

Better soils yield improved forage, better animal health, greater milk quality and yield. “Soil fertility is the foundation to Integrated Livestock Cropping System [and] works to enhance the flow of nutrients within the biological system,” said Dr. Cindy Daley, Organic Dairy Program Professor at California State University (CSU). She works to improve pasture soil biology and structure. Daley’s research confirmed economic benefits to amending soils for improved milk quality and quantity. She led a summer webinar hosted by eOrganic. The webinar is posted here 

Test Soils & Forage Quality
Daley recommends farmers start with a pasture soil test. (Most state universities have soil labs.) Use baseline and recommendations to develop and implement an amendment and remediation program.  Forage tests will describe quality and fiber levels as well as digestibility, energy and mineral values. [Learn more here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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