The Pasture Dairy Center integrates automatic milking technology and pasture-based management while looking for strategies to reduce our environmental impact without sacrificing production. We partner with Michigan State University Extension and farmers to provide education on integrating sustainable practices into modern farming across the state.
The Pasture Dairy Center manages 240 acres of pasture devoted to grazing research. The milking herds consist of approximately 130 U.S. Holstein and 25 New Zealand Friesian lactating cows. Research provides producers with information on rotational grazing of perennial pastures and how to incorporate alternative and complementary forages into the grazing season.