This eOrganic dairy webinar, by Brad Heins of the University of Minnesota, took place on February 11, 2016.
Pasture management and forage species selection within a farm can influence the feed quality of pasture forage for grazing dairy animals. In this webinar, Brad Heins will describe a multi-year grazing project, funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative aimed at enhancing in-field and landscape level species diversity of grasses across the grazing season. He will discuss forage quality of cool-season and warm-season grasses (Teff and BMR Sorghum-Sudangrass) and present performance of dairy cows grazing in these pasture systems designed to maximize seasonal forage yield and quality and extend the grazing season.
Dr. Brad Heins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota, focusing on organic dairy production. Dr. Heins received his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Currently, Dr. Heins conducts his research at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC). The Center has a 100-head herd in a certified organic system, and a 130-head herd in a conventional grazing system. He also serves on the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force.
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