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Jan 08

MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Webinar: Intro to Organic Production and Certification

12:00 pm EST

1/8/2020: Intro to Organic Production and Certification
Organic produce has become very popular in the last 10 years. This webinar will introduce you to organic production methods, pricing and marketing organic products, and the organic certification process.
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For upcoming and archived webinars please visit: https://extension.umd.edu/womeninag/webinars 

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Jan 09

Pasture Mixtures to Improve Sustainability of Organic Pasture-Based Dairy: Nutritive Quality and Dry Matter Intake

2:00 pm EST

Presenter: Dr. Blair Waldron, USDA-ARS Forage and Range Research Lab, Logan, UT

Brief overview: Organic and grazing-based dairy continues to make up a larger share of the Western region dairy sector. However, grazing-based dairy is not without it challenges. In fact, some information suggests that the greater the use of pasture forage, the greater the reduction in milk production. This is in part due to reduced dry-matter intake, especially by finicky grazing dairy breeds. To address this and other challenges, researchers at Utah State University, the University of Idaho, and the USDA-ARS are working with producers and extension educators to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of pasture-based organic dairies by examining the effects of grass-legume mixtures on dairy cattle performance and heifer development. 

Specifically, the team is using university and on-farm trials to assess dairy heifer dry matter intake, growth performance, reproductive health, heifer-replacement economics, and impact on nitrogen cycling in response to grazing grass-birdsfoot trefoil mixtures. The mixtures were formulated to have different levels of protein, energy, preference, and tannins. Dr. Waldron, one of the project leaders, will introduce the team’s research objectives and give the first in a series of webinars. This first webinar will report how various grass-legume mixtures affect the herbage nutritive value and dry-matter intake by dairy heifers.

Jan 22

MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Webinar: Matching Forage Quality with Small Ruminant Nutrition

12:00 pm EST

1/22/2020: Matching Forage Quality with Small Ruminant Nutrition
Matching forage growth and quality to different classes of animals and reproductive cycles can be tricky. Learn how to manage your herd and pastures so you can get the most out of them.
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For upcoming and archived webinars please visit: https://extension.umd.edu/womeninag/webinars 
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