What would be the ideal crossbreed for a grazing low-input conventional dairy? If there is more than one I would like to know that too
Stearns County Minnesota
Hi there and thanks for your question about crossbred dairy cattle. Brad Heins at the University of Minnesota has conducted some research in this area -- he's evaluated some breeds and crosses common to organic dairy / grazing dairy farms (including calving, production, components, and economic performance). Dr. Heins presented a webinar on this topic last summer -- I wonder if the webinar recording might be of interest to you -- see http://www.extension.org/pages/63504/breeding-and-genetics:-considerations-for-organic-dairy-farms-w...
I hope this info helps! Feel free to reply if you need more information. Best, Deb