Organic Dairy Production

Organic Dairy Production

Organic dairy production is based on 3 basic ideas: healthy soil, natural immunity through ecological diversity, and organic system integrity.  Transition to organic dairying requires the development of an organic system plan (OSP). Organic certification of the land requires a transition period of three years from the last application of a prohibited substance, one year of continuous organic management of livestock, and yearly inspections.

A good source of information for organic dairy production is eXtension Introduction to Organic Dairy Farming, with accurate, up-to-date, and relevant information from university experts, extension and other educators, organic farmers, veterinarians, and consultants.

In addition, the following resources will prove helpful for farmers considering making the transition.  And if you have any questions, email Lee Rinehart at

The Organic Dairy Handbook

Costs and Issues for Organic Dairy

Molasses Supplementation

Transition Guidelines