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Going Unconventional: A Grass-fed Journey The Choiniere Family Farm, Highgate, Vermont

Going Unconventional: A Grass-fed Journey The Choiniere Family Farm, Highgate, Vermont

By Tamara Scully, contributing writer, with assistance from Kathie Arnold

Transitioning a conventional dairy to an organically certified one is a decision often made for reason other than a deep-seated belief in organic farming philosophy. Economic opportunity, improving the farm’s environmental footprint, or building a niche market to support the next generation on the farm often spurs the conversion.

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posted to Featured Farms on Mon, Aug 02, 2021

The 21st Annual NODPA Field Days: The Organic Dairy Community Coming Together to Explore Its Challenges and Opportunities

The 21st Annual NODPA Field Days: The Organic Dairy Community Coming Together to Explore Its Challenges and Opportunities

The Mallet Barn, Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment, Freeport, Maine September 30th & October 1st

After almost two years of social distancing and remote programming, the 21st NODPA Field Days will offer everyone an opportunity to come together to explore the current state of organic dairy, and to identify the opportunities and challenges we face. Perhaps most important to everyone is that we can do it face-to-face. Farming, by its nature, is an isolating profession and adding the pandemic on top of that, folks have expressed a real desire to gather together again, and now that vaccinations have provided us with a modicum of safety, the NODPA Board believes that the time is right for the 21st NODPA Field Days.

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posted to Field Days on Mon, Aug 02, 2021

21st Annual NODPA Field Days Program

21st Annual NODPA Field Days Program

The 21st Annual NODPA Field Days' Educational Program begins following registration and lunch on Thursday, September 30th. However, for folks arriving in the morning, Wolfe's Neck Center's Agricultural Research Coordinator Leah Puro will take us on a pasture walk to highlight all of the research projects that are taking place. To read more, view all of our sponsors and supporters, and register online, click here and take advantage of the Early Bird Rate until September 18th. The full schedule can be found here.

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Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment: A demonstration farm & educational center for innovative practices in regenerative ag

Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment: A demonstration farm & educational center for innovative practices in regenerative ag

By Leah Puro, WNC Agricultural Research Coordinator

Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment is a nonprofit organic dairy and vegetable farm located along the Maine coast in Freeport, Maine. The center is open to the public all year as an educational center, a research center, and a campground, making the farm a bustling tourist destination as well as a functional production farm. Our management practices reflect these multi-layered goals of the operation. We started our dairy production in 2015 and prior to that, beef cattle were raised on the pastures.

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posted to Organic Production on Mon, Aug 02, 2021

From the NODPA Desk July/August 2021

From the NODPA Desk July/August 2021

By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

NODPA Field Days and Annual Meeting are in Maine on September 30th and October 1st this year. We are hoping as many producers as possible can make it and also attend the producer-only meeting on that Friday morning. We have some ideas about the future of NODPA and also where we go from here for future advocacy on pay price, regulations and policy. The demand for organic milk has changed in the last four years and is settling into a similar pattern as conventional milk, which benefits large scale, low cost production.

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posted to Industry News on Mon, Aug 02, 2021

Message from the NODPA Co-President

Message from the NODPA Co-President

By Liz Bawden, NODPA Board Co-President

It is a season of extremes. Our dried-out fields and burnt-up pastures have been replaced with acres of wet, boggy conditions and lush regrowth. We feel fortunate that the rains came, but we are apprehensive at the same time. Now we must wait for the hay fields to firm up after all this precipitation. My neighbor suggested that we not pray quite so hard for rain during the next drought.

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posted to Industry News on Mon, Aug 02, 2021

Recent ODairy Discussions – July, 2021

Recent ODairy Discussions – July, 2021

By Liz Bawden, NODPA Board Co-President

A producer was experiencing a high rate of ketosis in his Jersey herd when they were transitioning from stored feed to spring grazing. Roughly 25% of his cows refused to eat the grain offered in the milking parlor, and they refused the dry hay offered in the barn. It was suggested that the producer graze taller swards, as they will have more energy. It was also suggested that graining cows in the parlor when they come right out of lush pasture can lead to serious rumen acidosis; adding baleage before milking should help. Another suggestion was to put molasses on the dry hay to make it more palatable.

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