Extension, dairy producers look at milk prices and results of grass-fed dairy project

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Producers assess supplying value-added markets for grass-fed milk

Southwest Missouri Dairy Grazers met for the final time in 2017 in December at the Missouri State University Fruit Experiment Station, with Dr. Ted Probert, diary specialist with MU Extension, hosting.

Joe Horner, MU Extension state dairy specialist headquartered in Columbia, attended and addressed several topics at the meeting, including results from the initial round of data from the MU dairy team's grass-fed dairy project. The project involved the testing of milk from several dairy herds in Missouri. Management on these farm ranges from all grass-fed to full feeding systems.

"The project is designed to compare the conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) content of milk produced under varying management and nutritional programs. Several local producers, including some in our southwest Missouri grazing group, are participating in the project," said Probert.

The underlying objective of the project was to assess the potential for supplying value-added markets for grass-fed milk.

Milk price outlook for 2018 was also discussed, along with new dairy budget projections.

For more information about milk price outlook or the results of the study, contact Southwest Dairy Specialist Reagan Bluel at 417-847-3161, or by email at bluelrj@missouri.edu.