Southeastern Iowa dairy farmers, including many Amish and Mennonites, need more outlets for their products, especially those being produced according to organic standards. This project promoted the use of grass-based dairy systems as a way to add value to dairy production in the area.
Does milk from grass-fed dairy cattle contain higher levels of CLA, and can this information be successfully utilized to market farmers transitioning to organic production?
CLA was present in higher levels in the milk of the grass-fed cattle studied. During the year, the number of certified organic dairy farmers providing milk to Farmers' All Natural Creamery increased from 17 to 33, indicating a substantial increase in interest and market potential.
Year of Grant Completion
Moffett, Alexander S., "Expanding grass-based organic dairy enterprises among southeastern Iowa farmers" (2009). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 335.