E23. Loyd Borntrager - Grassfed Dutch Belted Dairy

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  • [01:11] - About Loyd and his operation
  • [03:31] - His backstory
  • [06:11] - “If you want to be an organic farmer, you need to be grass farmer first.”
  • [09:50] - Keeping the cows out longer by doing less tillage
  • [10:25] - Why did he switch to Dutch Belted Cows from Holstein cow 
  • [12:40] - Crossing purebred bull to Holstein cow
  • [14:39] - Milking the cows
  • [16:25] - The problem on milking the cows once a day
  • [18:28] - The amount of milk production he is getting
  • [19:19] - The number of cows he milk
  • [20:15] - Marketing the milk
  • [21:09] - Other dairy products that he sells
  • [23:46] - The kind of parlor he has
  • [25:01] - Feeding the cows when they are in the parlor
  • [26:04] - About sprouted fodder
  • [27:26] - Feeding the cows when the paddocks are growing
  • [29:13] - Moving the cows to new pasture daily
  • [30:16] - Annual rainfall in Yoder 
  • [32:26] - Kind of pasture he has
  • [35:34] - The kind of fencing he has
  • [37:03] - Other livestock he has
  • [39:43] - Marketing the rabbits
  • [42:00] - The breed of chickens he has
  • [43:04] - His favorite grazing grass related book
  • [45:45] - Advice to new farmers

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