Conservation dairy farming

If the majority of dairy farms in Pennsylvania fully adopt conservation best-management practices, the state may be able to achieve its total maximum daily load water-quality target for the Chesapeake Bay, according to researchers.

That is the conclusion of a novel assessment of the simulated effects of implementing a conservation …

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Grassfed Beef Value Chain Research

This PDF file accompanies the special report at the 2018 Annual Meeting, given by Allen Matthews, Director and Instructor of Sustainable Agriculture, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, on Grass Fed Beef Value Chain Marketing.

This research was undertaken to update Vermont on the market for grass-fed, grass-finished Vermont beef. The study …

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Pastured Livestock in the Food System

PASA has been investigating the role of pastured livestock in the regional food system.

Can farmers realistically scale-up pastured production to become a bigger, more mainstream part of our food system? This is a complex problem, involving daunting challenges in production, marketing, and distribution. As a starting point, it’s …

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Mob Grazing Research

Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia, summarized recent scientific research on mob grazing for Progressive Forage Grower, reprinted in On Pasture. While there are still unanswered questions, research to date has shown that in some cases, heavy but brief stocking can reduce forage quality and animal performance, and may not be …

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Grazing and No-Tillage System

This PA NRCS video produced by Sjoerd Duiker and made possible through a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant, features NW Grazing Specialist Tim Elder and PA GLC Board member/farming innovator Russ Wilson.

The video describes a project in northwestern Pennsylvania. The farmer is using three species of grazing animals and …

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