Evaluating Sprouted Grains on Grazing Dairy Farms Webinar by eOrganic

Organic Agriculture April 14, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

This webinar by Dr. Kathy Soder of the USDA ARS took place on April 7, 2016.

About the Webinar

Sprouted grain systems, also known as fodder systems, have gained interest among the organic and grazing dairy communities in recent years. To evaluate the feasibility, effectiveness and challenges of sprouted grain systems on dairy farms in the Northeast, Dr. Kathy Soder is conducting a research and outreach project with funding from Northeast SARE. Dr. Soder has been collecting farm data (animal productivity, feed information, economic data) to develop science-based, objective recommendations that can be used by farmers, consultants and researchers in making educated decisions on a case-by-case basis on whether to implement a sprouted grain system on the farm. Additionally, feeding recommendations (based on nutritional analysis of the fodder and rations) are being developed to guide farmers on how to incorporate sprouted grain into their rations. Join us as we learn about project findings thus far.

About the Presenter

Dr. Soder is an animal scientist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit in University Park, Pennsylvania. There, she conducts a variety of research projects to evaluate the effects of diverse pasture systems on grazing behavior of ruminants, and how farmers can use these systems to optimize forage and animal productivity.

System Requirements

Please connect to the webinar 10 minutes in advance, as the webinar program will require you to download software. To test your connection in advance, go here. You can either listen via your computer speakers or call in by phone (toll call). Java needs to be installed and working on your computer to join the webinar.  If you are running Mac OSU with Safari, please test your Java at http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp prior to joining the webinar, and if it isn't working, try Firefox or Chrome. Find more detailed system requirements here.

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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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.