Field Day and Seafood Lunch: Can Conservation Pay?

Date: October 24, 2018, 9:45am
Location: Dolan Farms, Dodgeville, WI

First Annual Wisconsin Chili Lunch

Date: November 15, 2018
Location: Statewide

6th Annual Perennial Farm Gathering

Date: December 7-8, 2018
Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison

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The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

As older farmers retire, fewer young farmers are stepping in to take their place. The number of beginning farmers dropped 20 percent in the last five-year census period, and the average US farmer now tops 58 years of age. more

CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

CIAS supports innovative graduate student research addressing the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized farms and food businesses. Awarded annually, our competitive mini-grants aid students as they initiate their research in sustainable agriculture and food systems. more

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.

Farmer-to-farmer networks: effective grass-roots sharing (Research Brief #23)

Successful farmer-to-farmer networks assume that each person has valuable knowledge and experience to contribute. — Stephanie Rittmann Farmer-to-farmer networks are thriving in Wisconsin as a way for farmers to pool ideas, exchange perspectives, and learn from each other. Some 20 Wisconsin networks focus on management intensive rotational grazing, weed and pest management, soil fertility, herd […] more

Management intensive rotational grazing’s sense…and dollars (Research Brief #19)

What we’re seeing is a little extra money from grazing while putting in a little less labor. — Gary Frank How can dairy farmers make their time worth more? A study sponsored by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) suggests that compared to confinement systems, management intensive grazing can turn work hours into higher […] more

Why make the transition to grazing? Wisconsin farmers share their perspectives

In 1994 and 1995, CIAS conducted case studies with six Wisconsin dairy farming families who’ve adopted management intensive rotational grazing practices. One topic these farmers discussed was how they made the transition to grazing and the effects of that: their reasons for grazing, their sources of management information, their advice to beginning graziers, and how […] more

The Grass IS Greener: Dairy Graziers Tell Their Stories

The 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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