Organic Grass Fed Dairy – Less is More

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Cows heading out a laneway to pasture

Workshop Description

This workshop will discuss a number of issues related to organic grass-fed dairy including…

  • The health and soil issues we’re currently faced with.
  • How grass-fed dairy relates to human health and the environment (Soil and water)!!
  • How organic, grass-fed dairy is part of the solution to the problems mentioned.
  • How all farmers have a responsibility and also the social ability to help fix and also communicate with our consumers!!
Pick up with supplies in back
Cows on pasture
Field full of dandelions
Cow and calf in barn
Field view

Speaker: Marte Pronk

First and foremost, Marte is most proud of his family – his wife Joanne of 28 years, and 4 grown children.

A graduate of Ridgetown College, he’s been farming organically for 35 years.

Marte and Joanne milk 40 cows, organically, on a 100% forage and grass – fed feeding system. (Cross – breeding using only A2A2 sires. )

Currently he is a Dairy Farmer Committee Representative for the County of Wellington, an Organic Dairy Task Force Member with the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, and has been involved with Organic Meadow since the very beginning.

In addition to the dairy herd, Marte and Joanne also have a 500 Hen Laying Flock which introduced them to a whole segment of consumers that both appreciate what they do and have taught them a few things about farm gate sales.