Organic crossbreds

Asked January 24, 2013, 11:55 AM EST




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

1 Response

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