Since it was created in 1989, CIAS has supported grazing research. We take a systems approach that unites grassland management, animal nutrition, economics, marketing, rural sociology, and the environmental benefits of grazing. One important goal of our work is to strengthen links between researchers and the grazing community.
The Grass IS Greener: Dairy Graziers Tell Their StoriesThe report tells the story, from the perspective of the 16 Wisconsin and Minnesota farm families involved, of their involvement in an innovative research, education, and outreach project about management-intensive rotational grazing. The project was funded by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and brought together these farmers, CIAS, scientists at the UW-Madison […] more
Project evaluates forage production and potential in northern Wisconsin (Research Brief #15)More than one million acres of forages are grown within 75 miles of Hayward in northwestern Wisconsin. The area relies heavily on growing forages and converting them into higher-value products such as milk, meat, and wool. A project at the UW-Madison Hayward Agricultural Research Station evaluated ways forages could be utilized more efficiently in a […] more
Milk production and quality of pastured cows rival confinement feeding (Research Brief #13)Pastured Holstein cows are as productive as their haylage-fed counterparts in an Arlington Agricultural Research Station study. The study is comparing milk production and fat and protein composition in intensive, rotational grazing systems and a conventional stored-feeding system. Researchers are also evaluating yield, quality and persistence of forages on pure alfalfa and mixed grass/legume pastures. […] more
Grazing project combines strength of on-farm, research station studies (Research Brief #12)Wisconsin dairy farmers are once again finding the value of pasture-based farming by intensively grazing their pastures. Although not a new practice in some areas of the world, intensive rotational grazing has gained increased interest here only in the past decade. In this system, animals are allowed to intensively graze pasture paddocks on a time-based […] more
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