Dairy Pipeline: February 2009
Extension Dairy Scientist
Nutrition & Forage Quality
(540) 231-3066; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Virginia Phosphorus Feeding Incentive Program has now been underway for three years with the first herds that started in January 2006 finishing the project. The program has now had 160 herds complete enough samplings to have at least one yearly summary of phosphorus feeding levels. There was a reduction of phosphorus fed and thus excreted of 2.65 lbs. per cow per year or 32.6 total tons per year in the 24,522 cows in these herds. In addition approximately $100,000 has been approved for incentive payments and $118,719 in free feed testing has been spent in support of better feeding management to reduce environmental pollution potential from dairy farms. Over the next two years the remainder of the herds on the project will be completing. Some lessons learned are:
I want to say thanks to those of you that have participated or are currently participating in this project. It demonstrates that the dairy industry can work together to solve problems that we confront. Federal (Natural Resources Conservation Service) and state (Department Conservation and Recreation and Cooperative Extension) agencies along with Virginia Tech have worked closely on this project to the mutual benefit of all.
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