Finding a Pasture Stick in Your Area for Your Organic Dairy Farm

Organic Agriculture June 04, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

eOrganic author:

Debra Heleba, University of Vermont Extension

In the video, "Calculating Dry Matter Intake in Organic Pastures Using a Pasture Stick," speaker Sarah Flack demonstrates how to measure dry matter available from pasture using or pasture or grazing stick.

Sources of Pasture Sticks by State

It is important to note that not all pasture sticks are exactly the same. Sticks from each state and/or region may vary based on different forage species, production, and growth stages  due to climate, elevation, and other factors. Most states and/or regions that have pasture sticks customize them to specifically address their growing conditions.

The following is a list of contacts where you may find a pasture stick in your state. If your state is not listed, try contacting your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Serivce (NRCS) office, your local affiliate of the American Forage and Grassland Council (if your state has one), or the national Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative.

Manufacturers of Pasture Sticks

If you are a service provider and/or farmer interested in getting multiple pasture sticks made, the following is a partial list of stick manufactures provided by grazing specialists. Please note that these references are for informational purposes only, and no endorsement or approval is intended.

  • Apex Advertising, www.apexadv.com, Deb Shank, 717-464-8828
  • Corporate Gifts and Incentives, Cindi Green, 605-582-8102
  • High Sierra, Mike Johnson, 800-288-7989, 530-223-2981
  • SEMO Specialties, 573-243-0090

 

 


 

 

This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.

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