Microdairy: Creating a Profitable Five-Cow Dairy

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2000: $168,590.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $133,472.00
Region: Northeast
State: Maryland
Project Leader:
Frank Kipe
Old Springhouse Farm

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Animals: poultry, goats, sheep
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: grazing - continuous, free-range, manure management, grazing - multispecies, pasture fertility, pasture renovation, grazing - rotational, housing, watering systems, winter forage, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, marketing management, feasibility study, agricultural finance, market study
  • Natural Resources/Environment: soil stabilization
  • Pest Management: prevention, mulching - vegetative
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil analysis, composting, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, urban/rural integration, employment opportunities, sustainability measures
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