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Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group
Dairy Grazing

The Working Group Site

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Lead Staff:

Jane Grimsbo Jewett
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Dairy Grazing
Programs & Organizations

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship logo

Minnesota Dairy Initiative logo

Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers logo

Center for Dairy Profitability
Grazing Economics Papers

Financial Performance of Wisconsin Grazing, Organic, and Confinement Dairy Farms

Comparing Feed Costs of Wisconsin Grazing and Confinement Dairy Farms

Economics of No-Grain Rations for Lactating Dairy Cows


Managed Grazing graphic of milk jugs corn to grass

Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group conducted this project in 2017 - 2018 with funding from USDA-Risk Management Agency.

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Fact Sheets & Slide Sets

title image for Profitability Centers

Spreadsheet image from Profitability Centers on Managed Grazing Dairies

Dairy Grazing production, income, expenses title

farm income comparison chart of 7 grazing dairies and AgFA benchmark data

PPTx of Milk Production, Income, Expenses Charts

Raising dairy heifers with grazing title

Table 1 from grazing dairy heifers paper

PPTx of Grazing Heifers tables

Seasonal Pasture Utilization Charts (PPTX)

charts of seasonal pasture utilization from Durovec farm

Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Insurance title

Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Insurance overview image

7 case studies of grazing dairy operations in IL, IA, MN and WI

Durovec Dairy

Haverinen Dairy

Law-Rae Manor Dairy

Paris Family Dairy

Springside Dairy

Tomandl Farms

Wedemeier Dairy

Project Team:

Laura Paine
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Jane Jewett
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Tom Cadwallader
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Kent Solberg
Sustainable Farming Association of MN

Doug Gucker
University of Illinois Extension

Jim Paulson
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship


Support for the Project:

This project is funded by the Risk Management Education Partnership, USDA-Risk Management Agency.