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Production
Manure management
Manure storage
Milk processing
Economics
Cheese

Production

Babcock Institute for International Dairy Research and Development. University of Wisconsin at Madison. An international clearing house uniting the world's dairy industries.

Dairy Products Technology Center, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Managing Dairy Grazing for Better Grass and More Milk, 1993, L.E. Cannon, M.J. Gamroth, and A.C. Buyserie, Oregon State University Extension Service.

Starting a Dairy in Oregon: Information for the Potential Buyer and Related Industries. 1994, M. Gamroth and S. Miles, Oregon State University Cooperative Extension. EM 8535.

The Small Dairy Resource Book: Information Sources for Farmstead Producers and Processors. This book includes an evaluation of books, periodicals, videos and other materials on farmstead dairy processing, including producing cheese, butter, and ice cream. Also included is a thorough, annotated bibliography. 61 pages, pdf.

Water, grass, and livestock: An annotated bibliography of riparian grazing publications. October, 2002. Developed by the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota. A very complete PDF file; 37 pages.

Manure management

Dairy Waste Composting. May 2003. Kelli J. Myers Collins, C. Richard Shumway, Qinghua Liu, Washington State University.

Fertilizing with manure, July 2000, Andy Barry, Craig Cogger, Washington State University Extension publications. Describes how to determine the appropriate manure application rate for crops, and how to apply it.

ManureNet, a Canadian web site dedicated to manure management, sponsored by the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council, Ottawa, Ontario.

Managing Livestock Manure to Protect Groundwater. August 1992, Ronald E. Hermanson, Ph.D., P.E., Washington State University Extension Agricultural Engineer and Eddie L. Thomason, M.S., WSU Extension Area Dairy Agent, Yakima County.

The U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, located at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to improving manure management on dairy farms.

Manure storage

Home-A-Syst: Improving Milking Center Wash Water Treatment. September 1993, The Homestead Assessment System is a cooperative project of Washington State University Extension, Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region X. This fact sheet discusses methods of treating milking center wash water, such as combining with manure in a liquid manure storage facility, treatment in a settling basin or aerobic lagoon before discharge, and disposal through land application or slow surface infiltration over a vegetated soil surface.

Home-A-Syst: Milking Center Wash Water Treatment. September 1993, The Homestead Assessment System is a cooperative project of Washington State University Extension, Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region X. This worksheet takes farmers step-by-step through their milking center wash water treatment practices to assess their risk of groundwater contamination.

Managing Nutrients and Pathogens from Animal Agriculture, Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service. Proceedings from a meeting; 36 chapters (508 pages) exploring the interactions of animal agriculture and the environment in the Eastern United States. Available from the $30.

Milk processing

USDA quality standards for dairy products. The U.S. Department of Agricultures web site for links related to dairy quality standards.

Economics

The Economics of Grass Based Dairying, March 2002. Tim Johnson, Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA).

How Much Debt Can a Dairy Cow Carry? October 1993. Gayle Willett. Washington State University Extension.

National Dairy Council, founded in 1915 the NDC provides nutrition information through national, state and regional dairy council units.

WhyMilk.com. Everything related to milk marketing.

Cheese

The Specialty Cheese Market, 2001, North Central Initiative for Small Farm Profitability, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska. A 62-page PDF document that outlines the growing market for specialty cheese, from both a foodservice, as well as on-farm processing market.

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