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EVENTS

Healthy Food Systems Poster Session

Date: November 14, 2014 2pm
Location: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Atrium
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Sustainable Intensification in Agricultural Systems

Date: Friday, November 14, 3:00pm
Location: DeLuca Form, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
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The Edge of Extinction: Travels with Enduring People in Vanishing Lands

Date: Saturday, November 15, 3:00pm
Location: Barnes and Noble West
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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

Current and Past Citizens Advisory Council Members Gather for Summer Meeting

CIAS is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, and our Citizens Advisory Council is at the center of our history. Past and present members of this unique advisory group gathered at Ferguson's Orchards on July 17 for its summer meeting.

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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.