Dairy, Livestock, and Grazing


dairy cows grazing

NOFA-NY’s Dairy, Livestock, and Grazing resources include information focusing on a wide range of animal production. Browse these resources and links to technical assistance, online videos, factsheets and more.

Dairy Grazing Project

NOFA-NY’s Organic Dairy Grazing Project works directly with dairy farmers who are interested in the environmental and financial opportunities associated with better grazing practices. Farmers who need guidance in evaluating their farm’s potential forage production, technical assistance in grazing practices to optimize that production, and would like to work within a peer group of fellow organic dairy farmers are encouraged to apply. Farmers who participate will gain a working knowledge of the organic industry, know how to manage their dairy cattle on forage to optimize production and lower feed costs to help their bottom line.

Apply for the 2018 Dairy Grazing Project here. Questions may be directed to Morgan Hartman, NOFA-NY Dairy and Livestock Coordinator, at (315) 988-4000 ext. 505 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Organic Dairy Management

NOFA-NY provides great resources to farmers interested in Organic Dairy Management. Here, you can learn more about Organic Certification requirements, view the Organic Dairy Transitions Handbook, and download great videos and factsheets on Organic Dairy Management.

Transitioning to Organic Dairy Production
Transitioning to Organic Dairy Sheep and Goat Production
Organic Dairy Handbook

Livestock and Grazing Resources

Upcoming Webinars

Molasses as the Primary Energy Source for Grazing Dairy Cows - Tuesday, December 11 - hosted by eOrganic (register here)
Grassfed dairy farms often seek alternative energy sources to maintain or improve cow health and productivity, and farm profitability. Molasses is one of the few energy sources allowed under grassfed labels; however, few recommendations were available for farmers. This webinar will present a summary of research from the USDA-ARS, USDA-NRCS, and the University of New Hampshire that evaluated the use of molasses in grassfed dairy systems that was conducted as a result of farmer questions regarding molasses supplementation.

Grass-Fed Dairy: Opportunities and Challenges in this Rapidly Growing Market - Wednesday, December 12 - hosted by eOrganic (register here)
Heather Darby (University of Vermont) and Sarah Flack (Flack Consulting) have been working with local cooperatives and dairy farmers to identify both the opportunities and challenges found with grass only milk production. Through funding provided by USDA Northeast SARE and USDA NERME grants they have been able to develop baseline production data from grass-only farms in the Northeast. This presentation will cover the recent history and rapid growth in grass-only milk markets in the U.S. In addition, preliminary data that highlights the range of production/management systems on these dairy farms will be presented. Finally the webinar will share goals and objectives of the newly funded USDA OREI grant led by UVM, UNH, USDA ARS, and Tufts University to further explore grass only dairy in the U.S.

100% Grassfed Certification Standards Manual
Organic Poultry Production: Meat
Organic Poultry Production: Eggs
Transitioning to Organic Beef Production


Newly Transitioned Organic Dairy Grazing, Part I, July 2018 Field Day at High Meadows Farm 

Newly Transitioned Organic Dairy Grazing, Part II, July 2018 Field Day at High Meadows Farm

Newly Transitioned Organic Dairy Grazing, Part III, July 2018 Field Day at High Meadows Farm

Transitioning to Organic Grassfed Mangement, 2018 Winter Conference workshop


Multispecies Livestock Management, 2018 Winter Conference workshop

Keynote Address from John Bobbe, 2018 Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference 


Transitioning to Organic Dairy Management, 2018 Winter Conference