Graduate Student, Hannah Phillips, Awarded 1st Place in Research Poster Session

Reprinted as posted in ‘West Central Research and Outreach Center’ news. 

University of Minnesota graduate student, Hannah Phillips, was awarded first place in the Organic Research Forum Poster Session at the 2017 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Conference held in La Crosse, WI, February 23-25, 2017.

 Hannah has been exploring the feasibility of grazing crossbred dairy steers on two types of cover crops (winter wheat and winter rye) and finishing on forages as a method of utilizing a low-input system.  Furthermore, Hannah evaluated the meat and whether or not it would add value to the organic beef market by improving taste and health benefits for consumers.  She concluded that consumers clearly prefer steaks from crossbred steers which grazed winter wheat compared to winter rye.  Her poster highlighted objectives, results and conclusions of this research project, which can be viewed at  This project is supported by USDA-NIFA-OREI.

 Hannah is originally from Covington, Washington, and graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science from Iowa State University.  She is pursuing her Master’s with a focus on organic dairy systems with the U of MN College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences under the direction of Brad Heins, Associate Professor at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris.