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NODPA E-NEWSLETTER | August 18, 2014

NODPA Field Days Update

For the second time in NODPA’s 14-year history, New Hampshire will host NODPA’s Field Days this year. We will gather in Southwestern New Hampshire at Stonewall Farm, in Keene, at the height of the autumn color, on Thursday, September 25th and Friday September 26th.

This year’s program is packed with compelling, practical workshops, a tour of the diverse enterprises at Stonewall Farm, a large trade show, delicious local and organic meals, a social hour, and plenty of time to network with fellow farmers. We are excited to announce that Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, USDA-AMS, Dr. Jean Richardson, Chair of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), and Henry Perkins, President of the Maine Organic Milk Producers, past President of NODPA, and long-time certified organic farmer, will share their thoughts on the future of organic certification following the Thursday evening banquet and NODPA’s annual meeting. As always, there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

As the NODPA Field Days’ title suggests, half of this year’s program focuses on improving the farm’s financial bottom line while the other half focuses on organic dairy’s bottom line: the cows. Dr. Hubert Karreman, VMD and Dr. Cynthia Lankenau, DVM, will team up to provide practical knowledge and tools so you can keep your herd in peak condition.

From the business perspective, we will have workshops that focus on creating sustainability through diversity and planning for the next generation; ways to maximize farm income without large-scale capital investment or changing production practices; and trends and opportunities for grass based dairies in the wholesale organic milk market. Herd health workshops will include the very popular Odairy Live! Ask the Vets: Q & A session, and an extended, hands-on workshop on Alternative Cow Care: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and more which will be led by both Dr. Karreman and Dr. Lankenau, using cows generously donated by Stonewall Farm.

Interested in learning more about this 2-day event? Thinking about becoming a sponsor or an exhibitor? Planning on attending? Please go HERE for more details, or contact Nora Owens, NODPA Field Days Coordinator, at:

noraowens@comcast.net, phone: 413-772-0444. To Register for this event, go HERE.

Finally, to download a PDF of our brochure, go here >

Madre Method

The 'Madre Method', defined as the 'unencumbered suckling of a calf on its own biological dam from birth to the age of 10 months', is a method of raising replacements that Phyllis and Paul Van Amburgh began on their farm 8 years ago. This article covers the technique as well as the economics and the benefits that the Van Amburghs have experienced in their herd by way of livestock health, vigor, longevity and more. Find the full article HERE.

Dual Purpose Fleckvieh Cattle

With a growing interest in grass-based livestock genetics for organic dairies, the dual purpose Fleckvieh cow has been gaining some attention. Organic production practices demand that a cow is healthy and productive, and can live a long time. Dual purpose breeds bring an added economic benefit of being able to market some of the livestock (bulls, cull cows, etc) for beef. The Bavarian Fleckvieh is a strong, muscular, dual purpose cow with the potential for high milk production, grass efficiency, longevity and an income stream for milk and beef. Learn more about this breed HERE.

Odairy Discussions

In each issue of the NODPA News we include an article by NODPA President, Liz Bawden, where she summarizes two months of discussions on the informative and lively NODPA-Odairy Discussion List. This summary article includes a story about a calf with a knuckled under hoof, a cow with edema, another animal with poor appetite, one with a bladder infection and a group of calves with giardia, and more.
Find Liz's excellent article HERE.

-- Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director  

NODPA NEWS & NOTES

SAVE THE DATE: NODPA 2014 Field Days

The 14th Annual NODPA Field Days will be on Thursday and Friday September 25 & 26, 2014 at Stonewall Farm, in Keene, New Hampshire. Stonewall Farm is centrally located in Southwest New Hampshire, not far from Brattleboro, VT and Keene, NH. The farm is an educational farm that has an organic dairy, micro-milk processing facility, on-site hydroponic barley fodder operation, cheese and yogurt making capacity, farm store, CSA, and educational programing, and they are experimenting with growing canola for biodiesel as well as creating a small grains cooperative where they share combine harvesting equipment.

For more details and to learn about tradeshow and sponsorship opportunities, click here.

noraowens@comcast.net

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