Little things…

Sometimes it is the little things that can really make the day brighter. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about working with grass-fed dairies. If you didn’t know a grass-fed dairy only feeds forages to the dairy cows, no grain. Feeding just forages changes the composition of the milk so that the ration of omega-6 fatty acid to omega-3 fatty acid is nearly one-to-one. Conventional milk is generally 6-to-1.

Organic grass fed milk has less omega-6

This can help with cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes and over half of all Americans suffer from one or more of these conditions. These conditions cannot be solved entirely by medication or medical treatment – diet can be the best or only treatment and grass-fed may be an ideal part of that treatment.

Okay, what does that have to do with little things making the day brighter? Well, we are working on a project with two organic grass fed dairies to improve forage quality which in turn will improve milk production and milk components. We are trying several new clovers in both an overseeded situation like the bermudagrass you see in 2 of the pictures above or in a bare field like the other two pictures above. These clovers were planted on October 22nd and we are just now seeing some seedlings emerge a month later. Sometimes it is nothing more than a little thing to make your day a whole lot brighter!

Author: Bob Whitney, Regents Fellow & Extension Organic Specialist

Agriculturalist, extension educator and researcher, organic agriculture enthusiast and promoter, international program developer, Christian, husband, father and friend.

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