Targeted Sheep Grazing in Organic Dryland Systems

Organic Agriculture October 12, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

This webinar took place on October 11, 2016. The presenters are Fabian Menalled, Perry Miller and Devon Ragen of Montana State University.

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Organic production has become a major agricultural, economic, and cultural force, but heavy reliance on tillage hinders the long-term sustainability of such systems, particularly in a dryland environment. This limitation has prompted interest in developing reduced tillage practices that can be used successfully on organic farms. One approach is to develop integrated crop-livestock production systems that seek to replace tillage with targeted grazing to manage weeds and terminate cover crops. The presenters combined experimental plot studies with on-farm research to increase their knowledge on the environmental, management, and economic challenges facing integrated crop-sheep organic systems in Montana.

In this webinar, they will summarize their experience regarding agronomic and economic performance, weed management challenges, and animal husbandry of integrated crop-sheep organic system. While successful in reducing tillage intensity, perennial weed pressure continues to challenge the ability of organic farmers to adopt these systems. They will discuss alternative approaches to foster a successful adoption of conservation-tillage practices by organic farmers in dryland environments.  

 

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.