Join eOrganic for a webinar on Birdsfoot Trefoil as a forage on organic dairy farms with Dr. Jennifer MacAdam, Utah State University, on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2 PM Eastern Time (1 PM Central, 12 PM Mountain, 11 AM Pacific Time). The webinar is free and open to the public and advance registration is required. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speaker.
Register now at: http://www.extension.org/pages/70506
The inclusion of highly digestible legumes like birdsfoot trefoil (BFT) in pasture plantings can increase the productivity of grazing livestock. Because forage legumes produce their own nitrogen, they can meet their own fertility needs. In addition, since BFT and other tannin-containing forage legumes are non-bloating, they can be planted as 50% or more of mixtures with no risk of bloat.
In this webinar, Dr. Jennifer MacAdam will describe a multiple year
research project, funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension
Initiative (OREI), that is partnering with established organic dairy
producers in the Mountain West to determine the impact of supplementing
and/or replacing grass pasture with birdsfoot trefoil (BFT) on milk
production and milk quality. The study is looking at feed nutrients from
organic BFT versus grass, the effects these forages had on soil
organic matter, omega-3 fatty acid concentrations in milk and cheese
from BFT-fed cows, and the economic risks and benefits for organic
dairies of converting grass pastures to BFT pastures.
Dr. Jennifer MacAdam is a Forage Plant Physiologist at the Utah State University. She has been on the faculty at Utah State since 1991, where she teaches courses on plant physiology and anatomy. Her research has centered on management of seeded, irrigated pastures for livestock production, plant responses to salinity and drought stress, and the growth and development of grass forages.
Find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars at http://www.extension.org/pages/25242.
Created by Alice Formiga