Organic Pasture & Soil


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Organic pasture management and soil health training

Teaching organic dairy farmers how to manage their pasture acreage can enhance their success and profitability. In 2018, CIAS developed and field tested training in organic pasture management and soil health for agency personnel who support conventional, transitioning and new organic dairy farmers.

In the autumn of 2018 and 2019, CIAS hosted four “train the trainer” events on organic, pasture-based dairy farms in Lancaster, Edgar, Random Lake and Rudolph, Wisconsin. The participants hailed from agencies including the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), county Land and Water Conservation Departments (LCDs), UW-Extension and organic certifiers. Surveys following these events showed a significant increase in participant knowledge of organic pasture management, managed grazing, soil health, organic inspection, dry matter calculation and extending the grazing season.

This work was supported by Organic Valley Farmers Advocating For Organics.

Training resources and videos are linked below.


Workshop agendas

Training resources

List of resources


October 4, 2018 training at Peter Arnold’s Farm, Edgar, WI

Milk characteristics, pastures and soils

Observing pastures and soils

Overview of soil health on organic dairy farms

Pasture establishment and renovation on the Arnold farm

Pasture establishment and renovation, part 1

Pasture establishment and renovation, part 2

September 6, 2018 training at Kevin Jahnke’s Farm, Lancaster, WI

Panel: Maximizing dry matter intake from pasture, part 1

Panel: Maximizing dry matter intake from pasture, part 2

The organic pasture rule

Calculating pasture dry matter