Multi Disciplinary Training on Pasture-Based Dairy Systems - A Sustainable Alternative for the Region

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 1998: $53,429.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $33,566.00
Region: Southern
State: North Carolina
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Steven Washburn
North Carolina State University

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: millet, rye, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: housing, feed formulation, feed rations, manure management, mineral supplements, pasture fertility, pasture renovation, grazing - rotational, stockpiled forages, watering systems, winter forage, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: agroforestry, double cropping, no-till, nutrient cycling, organic fertilizers, application rate management, tissue analysis
  • Education and Training: technical assistance, demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, networking, study circle
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: riparian buffers
  • Pest Management: integrated pest management, weather monitoring
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Soil Management: earthworms, organic matter, soil analysis, nutrient mineralization, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, urban/rural integration, analysis of personal/family life, social networks, sustainability measures
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.