Status of Organic Dairy Pasture Forage Composition, Productivity, Soil Fertility and Grazing Management Practices in Wisconsin

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Author(s) Chelsea Zegler, Mark Renz, Matt Ruark, Geoff Brink.

Wisconsin has the largest number of organic dairies in the United States with over 450 dairy farms that represent more than 25% of the nation certified organic dairy farms (USDA NASS, 2014). While pasture forage composition, soil fertility, and management vary across Wisconsin organic dairy farms, many relatively inexpensive improvements can be made immediately on many farms that will lead to improved milk production from pastures (8 pages; 2017).