Dairy

EVENTS

Loving of the Land Concert

Date: April 26, 2014, 8:00pm
Location: UW-Madison Music Hall
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Ride to Farm

Date: May 31, 2014
Location: Ride starts and ends at Birch Lake Park, Barneveld, WI
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SUCCESS STORIES

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.

CIAS Eco-Fruit Program Receives Wisconsin Idea Award

Since 2000, the CIAS Eco-Fruit program has been helping growers reduce or eliminate risk from pesticides by using IPM. Participating growers have reduced their pesticide risk by 46 percent and increased their reliance on IPM strategies by 54 percent.


DIRECTOR'S BLOG

What Does it Mean to Eat Well?

CIAS launched its 25th anniversary celebration with a seminar addressing the question: What does it mean to eat well? CIAS has been asking questions like this since our inception in 1989, and we continue to explore this topic as we move into the future. In order to truly eat well, a healthy appetite includes a desire to understand our food through the land, people and communities who sustain it.

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Designing and building a New Zealand-style milking parlor

Posted July 1997

  • What features make New Zealand-style swing-over parlors so attractive to some dairy farmers?
  • What decisions might a farm family face in adding one of these parlors to their operation?
  • How is it possible to build a New Zealand-style parlor from scratch or retrofit an existing building?
  • What are the costs and challenges, and are these parlors for everybody?

Join CIAS for an informal video tour with Wisconsin families who asked and answered these questions in building a New Zealand-style parlor.

The 22-minute video takes you to the Saxon Homestead Farm in Manitowoc County and the Gilbert Farm in Door County. New Zealand consultants Ian Singers and UW-Madison ag engineer Dave Kammel share what they know about designing and building New Zealand-style parlors–from holding area to exit chute.

Available in both VHS and DVD formats, the video comes with a copy of Dave Kammel’s 20-page publication on swing-over parlors, widely seen as a definitive, accessible summary of these parlors.

To order: Enclose $10.95 per copy (the price is the same for VHS and DVD, and includes shipping and handling) made payable to UW-Madison – CIAS. Mail to:

Center for Integrated Ag Systems
1535 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-5200
FAX: (608) 265-3020

Please include a note that tells us you are ordering the milking parlor video, and if you’d like DVD or VHS. Let us know how many copies you want and the address you want them sent to.