Evaluating organic feed quality for dairies

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2005: $10,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:
Mia Morrison
Maine Organic Milk Producers


  • Agronomic: barley, corn, oats, soybeans, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: feed/forage

    Proposal summary:

    Many Northeast dairies would like to have more control of what they are feeding to their cows. A group of dairy owners have started producing their own grain and experimenting with different stored forages that are easy to produce organically and are high in energy. This project will look at the quality of the feed being produced in these situations by sampling the feed being used over the year. They will do a full analysis of feed characteristics to try to determine the variation occurring in purchased feed, the quality of organic grain being grown on their own farms, and the variation in quality of their stored forages. Outreach will be through an annual dairy forage conference, the state agricultural fair, and an article.

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