Managed grazing’s effect on soil quality and structure

A long-term southern Wisconsin cropping systems study shows that soils under managed grazing have a number of positive characteristics compared to soils under other cropping systems….more Author: R. McNair, J. Hedtkce More »

Pastured heifers grow well and have productive first lactations: CIAS Research Brief

Dairy heifers that were raised on pasture in the ongoing Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST) performed as well as or better than, similar heifers that were raised in confinement. In this study, not only did heifers on managed pastures match the weights and age at first calving of their confined counterparts, but they also […] More »

Powerpoint Comparing Production, Profitability and Environmental Aspects on WICST

Data was presented at the Wisconsin Grazing Conference, February 20, 2010 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. More »

Rotational Grazing with Dairy Heifers on WICST: Pasture and Heifer Productivity (1993-2004)

Whereas more and more of the milk stream is coming from large dairies with more than 1000 animal units (1 AU=1000 lb cow), managed (rotational) grazing is an increasingly important part of the landscape. In a recent study by PATS, researchers reported that managed grazing farms consistently generated more farm income and had lower costs […] More »

Using Cattle to Reduce Oak Savanna Understory Shrub Abundance: Stocking Rates and Weight Gains

Here, grazing is being tested to reduce shrub density and it may also serve as potential method to increase species diversity within the opened areas.  This paper discusses stocking rates and animal performance on oak savanna plots. Authors: Janet Hedtcke, Joshua Posner, Martha Rosemeyer published in the Proceedings of the 19th North American Prairie Conference […] More »

Insect Diversity in Oak Savanna Remnants: A Survey of Insects

This study intends to measure the influences of burning and/or grazing on a specific insect habitat guild, saproxylic insects. Author: Devin Biggs More »

Evaluation of Potassium Fertilization for Improved Forage: Yield and Quality

Forage yield in the intensive, rotationally grazed (IGR) system used on the Krusenbaum Farm has been lower than expected, even several years after the transition from a conventional dairy system. Periodic soil sampling has indicated the farm has low levels of soil test potassium (STK) under the University of Wisconsin soil analysis/fertility recommendation system. Available […] More »

WICST Intensive Rotational Grazing of Dairy Heifers -1996

Rotational Grazing is the lowest input system of the three Dairy Systems represented in the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial. Pastures were established at the Lakeland Agricultural Complex (LAC) and Arlington Agricultural Research Station (ARS) in 1990. Pastures were mechanically harvested (see yields in table 6) until spring 1992 when water lines were buried and […] More »

Rotational grazing of dairy heifers: A low-input dairy rotation in WICST (1992-1995 )

A summary of the 1992-1995 grazing seasons on WICST at both Arlington and Lakeland sites. Authors: S. Weber-Small and D. Undersander More »