Integrated Farming Systems

Integrated Farming Systems Research: Developing Profitable and Environmentally Sound Farming Systems for Animal Production
Dr. Alan Rotz, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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More Sustainable Farms are Needed

Dairy and beef farms are major contributors to the economy of the northeast region. Increasing production …

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Seed banks in pastures and hayfields

Seed Banks in Pastures and Hayfields of the University of New Hampshire Organic Dairy
Matt Sanderson and Robert Stout, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA
Kevin Brussell and Charles Schwab, University of New Hampshire, Durham

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Buried seed in pasture soils are …

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Appetite and grazing behavior

LINKING PASTURE AND ANIMAL PROCESSES: The effect of appetite on the way they graze
Dr. Kathy Soder, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management
Research Unit

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Facts

  • Appetite motivates animals to eat.
  • Level of appetite influences pasture intake rate and grazing dynamics.
  • Ruminal fill is inversely …
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Measuring available forage

Measuring and Budgeting Available Forage in Pastures
Dr. Matt Sanderson, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research
 Unit

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Here are the results of a study in which we modeled two farms that differed in size, grazing management, and feeding strategy. We first modeled the optimal management …

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Carbon sequestration potential of switchgrass

Sequestration Potential of Switchgrass Managed for Bioenergy Production
Dr. Howard Skinner, ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA

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Background

Switchgrass is an important bioenergy crop with the potential to provide a reliable supply of renewable energy while also removing from the atmosphere and …

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