The Vermont Dairy Farm Sustainability Project
The Vermont Dairy Farm Sustainability Project:
A Collaboration to Improve Whole-Farm Nutrient Management
The project objectives were to:
1) document whole-farm N and P balances/budgets for crop and feed enterprise on eight dairy farms (7 in VT, one in NY)
2) identify and recommend economical N and P balance improvement strategies and practices
3) document impacts of strategies and practices implemented
Data were collected pre- and post-implementation to assess N and P balance and to recommend and evaluate improved nutrient management practices. University crop recommendations programs and a dairy nutrition model (Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System) were used, in combination with manure, forage and soil analyses and measured animal feed intakes, to document baseline conditions, to recommend improvements in animal and crop nutrient management practices, and to evaluate changes post-implementation.
Implemented practices included fertilizer reduction, improved manure management, reduced feed P, and ration manipulation to improve N balance. Seven of eight farms reduced N and/or P accumulation per acre. Results demonstrate improved whole farm N and/or P balance using available feed and crop management tools. In some cases, significant cost savings were achieved.
|Project Coordinator Greg Weber discusses plans with cooperating farmer and crop advisor||Summer intern collects field information for Phosphorus Index.||Project Assistant Laura Hanrahan collects GPS data for soil test variability study on project farm.|
For More Detailed Information and
Final Report (SARE)
Other Related LinksNortheast SARE Program
UVM Crops and Soils: Nutrients and Manure
This site was prepared by Dr. Bill Jokela, former Interim Project Coordinator, currently Research Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, US Dairy Forage Research Center, Marshfield, WI. firstname.lastname@example.org
This site is maintained by Sid.Bosworth@uvm.edu, Plant & Soil Science Department, University of Vermont.
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