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Fodder interest sprouting all over

But sprouting carries plenty of costs, complications and labor Whitesville, NY—For centuries farmers around the world have been sprouting grains and feeding the green material to their stock, usually with spotty success. The 1959 edition of Frank B. Morrison’s venerable publication Feeds and Feeding referred to “clever promoters” making “extravagant claims” about the benefits of […]

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No grain, but 15,000 pounds of milk

Langmeiers do the job with great forage and well-hydrated calves Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin — Jim Langmeier and his sons — Joe, Mike and Keith — are humble people who don’t pretend to be doing everything right. Spend some time visiting with these guys, and talk turns to concerns about disappointing milk solids tests, mistakes […]

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Sheep add value to organic crop rotation

Ontario family shows they can cut costs, add income on tillable land By Janet McNally It has always been my contention that sheep in the Grain Belt should be a part of a mixed crop and livestock farm. In most parts of the world, sheep are not the only enterprise on tillable cropland. They are […]

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For organic dairy, no grain—no problem

Amos Nolt relies on top forages, barley baleage and chicken manure Shiloh, Ohio — Try, if you will, to poke holes in this formula for an organic, grazing-based dairy in the eastern Corn Belt: 1. Feed the dairy herd pasture, dry hay and (in a dry year) baleage for five to six months per year. […]

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Organic needs to do what people think we’re doing

By Jim Munsch — There is an ongoing struggle within organic dairy about the direction of the industry’s production and business models. The debate seems to center on whether or not the details of systems to produce milk should be strongly influenced by customers. Grazing is central to the struggle. All advertising, packaging and commentary […]

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