Organic Dairy

NOFA-NY’s Organic Dairy Certification Transitions Project works directly with dairy farmers who are interested in organic certification. Farmers who need guidance evaluating their farm production practices to comply with organic regulation and would like assistance in the organic certification application process are encouraged to apply. Farmers who participate will gain a working knowledge of the organic industry, learn how to manage their farm organically to meet certification standards, and be on their way to organic certification upon completion of this project. For more information contact, Robert Perry at 585-271-1979 ext. 506.

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Two resources for farmers interested in Organic Dairy Production:

• Transitioning to Organic Dairy: Self-Assessment Workbook, uses a whole farm approach to the transition process and is based on the experiences of successful organic dairy farmers. The Northeast is an excellent region for pasture-based organic dairy farming; however, the transition period can pose risks to farmers such as the potential for increased cull rates, sharply increased feed costs, decreased milk production, and increased labor requirements. This publication is an interactive resource that gives farmers tools to identify the risks they may face on their own farm throughout the transition to organic production. It also helps farmers develop plans to mitigate those risks. This resource will be useful for conventional dairy farmers interested in learning more about organic production, farmers who have recently transitioned to organic dairy, and agricultural professionals assisting farmers in the transition to organic management.

Click on this link for a PDF copy of the Self-Assessment Workbook. You can also obtain a bound book, by calling 585-271-1979 ext. 510.

• The Organic Dairy Handbook, A Comprehensive Guide for the Transition and Beyond, A whole farm management resource for farmers interested in organic production. The handbook is a complete survey of proven options for all aspects of organic dairy management including two major risk sources: the management of herd health and animal nutrition. This handbook outlines the practical knowledge and systematic understanding necessary for conventional farmers to make a successful transition to organic production, for new farmers to develop a successful organic dairy business and for newly transitioned organic dairy farmers to strengthen their overall farm management. Each chapter features cases studies of successful organic dairy farmers, which demonstrate the many models of successful organic dairies. Tables, charts, and graphs throughout the handbook provide quick reference to important information. Extensive resource lists are also included. Its farmer friendly construction with durable cover and pages combined with a coil binding allows farmers to take it from the kitchen to the barn to the field.

Click on this link for a PDF copy of the Organic Dairy Handbook. You can also obtain a bound book, by calling 585-271-1979 ext. 510.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY, Inc) would like to thank the Risk Management Agency of the USDA. Funding for this project was provided by a USDA Research and Development Risk Management Research Partnerships Grant.