Grazing Field Day Demonstrates Opportunity for Pasture-Based Dairies

March 27, 2012

Increasing input costs and volatile milk prices continue to create uncertain profit margins for dairy farmers. DFA Grazing (formerly Dairy Grazing Services), a service provided by Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA), will host a Dairy Grazing Field Day at Cooper Dairy to allow interested dairy farmers to learn how a pasture-based approach to dairy farming can help cut costs and create a more secure profit.

Cooper Dairy, owned and operated by Andy Cooper of Morrison, Tenn., features intensively managed pastures and a modern swing-style milking parlor that emphasizes efficient milk production, reducing both feed and labor costs. The afternoon event will feature a workshop on grazing best practices, as well as a walking tour of the dairy.

WHEN:
Noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 28
Lunch will be sponsored by Tennessee Farmers Cooperative.

WHERE:
Cooper Dairy
Morrison, Tenn.

WHO:
Mike Lamborn, DFA Grazing consultant, will discuss pasture management and how producers can incorporate these practices on the farm. Lamborn has more than 30 years of experience managing grazing operations in the United States and New Zealand.

WHY:
Pasture-based dairying can be a viable option to reduce input costs, trim labor requirements and increase profits. DFA Grazing has the tools, expertise and resources to improve farmers’ profitability. Expert consultants help producers reach peak pasture and animal performance, achieve personal and business goals and create a more sustainable future for their operations.

TO ATTEND:
To request media credentials and secure detailed driving directions, contact Kristi Dale at 816-801-6636 or kdale@dfamilk.com