University of Missouri-Columbia
MU Southwest Center
Agricultural Experiment Station
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
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Mt. Vernon, Lawrence County

Workshop Information

Tomato Field Day

Ag. Education Day
* September 11, 2014

Field Day
* September 12, 2014

SW CTR Grazing Dairy



Contact us
Email: Carla Rathmann

Horticulture Questions:
Email: Andy Thomas

David Cope
14548 Highway H
Mt. Vernon, MO 65712
Phone: 417-466-2148
FAX: 417-466-2109

Southwest Center Research and Demonstration Dairy

Manager of SWC Dairy: Dallas Ross

Farm History: Conversion of 90 acres began in 1998 as a demonstration of an alternative dairy management strategy. Farm began with approximately 50 cows and is in the growth phase to 125 cows. Currently milking 95 U.S. genetics Holstein, Jersey and Cross-bred.

Employees: 3 FTE employees. (1 salaried and 2 union hourly)

Production: 11,00013,500 lb/cow/yr, depending on research and demonstrations

Milking Facilities: Double 10 parabone Americanized New Zealand style shed

Cows: 95 cows. Cows are U.S. genetics. In 2008 the SWC began breeding to NZ Fresian, Jersey and Cross-bred to develop a portion of the herd for comparison to U.S. genetics. Heifers are bred to sexed U.S. Jersey semen to hasten expansion without purchase of outside cattle.

Breeding: Farm is a seasonal spring calving herd (Feb 5 - April 20)

Farm Layout: 90 effective acres on farm, split up into 2-3 acre paddocks.

Forage System: A mix of perennial ryegrasses and novel fescues are the main forages. Summer annuals in conversion areas.

Fertilizer: Annual nitrogen applied 60-100lb/acre depending on growth rates

Research and Demonstration: Bermuda vs. Caucasian Bluestem; Fescue vs. Perennial Ryegrass; Winter annuals; Summer annuals; Cross-bred versus Holstein versus Jersey: synchronization protocols

Southwest Center Dairy Resources

University of Missouri Pasture-Based Dairy Program

SW Center Dairy Financials - XLS

SW Center Dairy Financials - PDF

SW Center Dairy Milk Checks

SW Center Seasonal Dairy Rations

SW Center Dairy Calendar

SW Center Protocols

SW Center Forage Samples 2007, 2008, and 2009.

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