Performance targets from proposal:
Four small dairy farms will, through the use of AEI-based whole farm analysis, implement management changes that resulted in improved nutrient use efficiency and farm energy use. Four county extension educators will become well-versed in the AEI-based data collection and whole farm analysis process with an additional eleven county educators being trained at bi-annual extension retreats. Seventy-five small farms will use the new AEI’s through the voluntary MNB program. At least 35% (combination of MNB farmer meetings and popular press articles) of the small dairy farms in New York will become aware of the project and the benefits of whole-farm analyses and 15 additional farms will start implementing changes to improve nutrient use efficiency by the end of the project.