Grant allowed Wisconsin to explore grass-based dairy

first_img“About 22 percent of Wisconsin’s dairy farmers use managed grazing as their system for providing the bulk feed for their cattle,” says Laura Paine, a grazing and organic agriculture specialist with the Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection.advertisementadvertisement“With the state’s tradition of artisan and value-added dairy production, it made sense to build on this foundation and explore the opportunity for grass-fed milk products in the marketplace.”Paine coordinated the project, which included four years of research by farmers, processors, chefs and University of Wisconsin scientists on the chemistry and culinary performance of grass-based products. Consumer taste panels and a professional focus group were conducted. A market research report and video also were created.“Our group found that the color, texture, aroma and flavor of grass-based products were different from conventional dairy products,” Paine says. “Through formal and informal evaluations of the products, their performance and consumer response, we were able to make recommendations.”Final recommendations included the need to organize grass-based dairy farmers and generate funds for marketing. The industry needs to create a standard that ensures the integrity of grass-based products and come to a consensus on what terms should be used to describe pasture-based milk.“This project allowed us to find opportunities in the marketplace for grass-based products and identify challenges,” Paine said. “By sharing the findings, we will be able to move the industry forward.”advertisement—From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture news release For years a group of Wisconsin collaborators explored pasture-based systems as a source of “specialty milk” for value-added dairy processing. The final report of this research, possible through a North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grant, is now available.last_img read more

Sporting fixtures thrown into chaos again

first_imgAFL Queensland’s tough new coronavirus protocols have given the AFL an almighty migraine, but rugby union, NRL, soccer, netball, and cricket are among the other sports in Australia also set to suffer a fixture headache. The AFL’s fixture was thrown into chaos yesterday after Queensland health officials issued new directives that force sporting teams based in the state into a 14-day quarantine should they play a Melbourne-based club. Queensland-based clubs would also be forced into quarantine if they either played in Melbourne, or came up against any team that had been in Melbourne in the preceding 14 days. That stance has huge ramifications for the AFL given that there are 10 teams based in Victoria. Six AFL clubs have already been impacted by a round-five fixture reshuffle, and league boss Gillon McLachlan has warned of more changes to come. The AFL’s worst nightmare would be for Western Australia to further strengthen its coronavirus protocols. The WA Government has granted permission for Victorian clubs Geelong and Collingwood to arrive in Perth next month for a three-week hub. The Magpies and Cats will be forced into hotel quarantine for 14 days, but the WA Government will allow them to train during that period as well as play each other. If the WA Government hardens its stance in the wake of the coronavirus spike in Victoria, the AFL will be forced into another fixture scramble. The NRL is in a far better position given it has only one club based in Victoria – the Melbourne Storm. The Storm are now resigned to the fact that they will have to stay in their new Sunshine Coast hub until at least August, and probably longer. The new directive from the Queensland government won’t affect the Storm immediately, meaning their clash with the Roosters on Thursday night is set to go ahead, despite it coming just eight days after the Storm left Victoria. That match was originally scheduled for AAMI Park in Melbourne, but will now likely be played at the Storm’s adopted home ground of Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The Melbourne Rebels have announced that they will move their round-two Super Rugby home clash with the Queensland Reds on July 10 to NSW. The Rebels relocated to Canberra last Friday following a spike in coronavirus cases in Melbourne, and they will face the Brumbies this Saturday. By the time they face the Reds on July 10, they will have been outside of Victoria for 14 days. That means the Reds won’t need to quarantine for 14 days when they return to Queensland. A-League boss Greg O’Rourke has confirmed that the worsening coronavirus situation in Victoria won’t stop the soccer season relaunching on July 16 with a clash between Melbourne Victory and Western United at AAMI Park. Melbourne City will take on Western United at the same venue four days later, but all other matches scheduled for Victoria are set to take place in the NSW hub. Australia’s netball competition is still planning to begin on August 1, and their current fixture planning has now been made harder. – AAPlast_img read more