WCROC awarded $2.1 million for organic dairy research
· Disbudding, or horn removal, presents a unique challenge in pain management for organic dairy producers. They must use organic-approved treatments and management practices while maintaining animal welfare. This research project will look at alternative methods for disbudding and pain management and provide scientific evidence to producers.
· Dr. Heins and his research team will be evaluating various calf rearing options in the context of calf health, welfare, and wellbeing. Specifically, they will look at individual housing, group housing, pair housing, and raising calves with cows on pasture. Ultimately, the team will provide recommendations on best calf rearing options for organic producers.
· Using a multiregional approach, the U of MN is partnering with the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine to look at how farmers can utilize nutrient-rich legumes on pasture to positively impact milk production and herd health.
Research projects began September 1, 2020 and continue through 2023.
As a U of MN entity, the WCROC is uniquely positioned as a premier land-grant organic dairy research facility. Previous organic dairy research projects have evaluated herd health, forages and feed, pest and fly management, and outwintering.
For more information about the organic dairy program at the WCROC, visit z.umn.edu/wcrocdairy or follow on Instagram @umnwcrocdairy.