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Effects of Different Organic Pastures on Dairy Heifer Growth and Development
Raising dairy heifers in a certified organic setting can be difficult for producers. Traditionally, heifers are raised in a confined setting and fed a total mixed ration (TMR) that is balanced to contain all the needed nutrients for developing heifers. Organic producers can use a TMR in their operations, but due to high organic feed costs, many choose to raise their heifers in pasture-based systems. While pasture-based systems may lower costs, heifers on pasture commonly have lower rates of gain, which can be financially burdensome to producers.

Grass-legume pastures may help improve rates of gain in heifers on pasture-based systems. To address these challenges, researches at Utah State University, the University of Idaho and the USDA-ARS are working with Extension educators to determine if grass-legume mixed pastures can properly grow and develop dairy heifers. Jake Hadfield of Utah State University Extension will describe the effects that different organic pastures had on heifer growth and development.
Presenter: Jake Hadfield, USU Extension

Feb 20, 2020 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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