As part of SFA’s Soil Health Network event series, Carlton County Extension hosted its Northeast Minnesota Forage and Grassland Council summer tour on Sept. 8 at the Bob Durovec farm in Meadowlands, Minn.
According to SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg, who attended: “Bob runs a low-input grazing and forage-based dairy. He milks 160 cows in a low-cost swing parlor. All stored forages are put up as baleage. He supplements pasture or baleage with approximately 17 pounds/cow/day of purchased grain. He utilizes a number of annual and perennial forages for grazing and baleage that he has found to work well on his farm including Italian ryegrass, sorghum x sudangrass, grazing corn, purple top turnips, and Winfred hybrid turnip in addition to permanent pastures. With this system he has been able to maintain profitability while other dairies have been struggling with recent low milk prices.”
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