The William H. Miner

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Miner Institute
Farm Report

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK:
CREATING THE PERFECT DINING EXPERIENCE

A positive dining experience allows the cow to satisfy her behavioral needs for eating, resting, and rumination. And a satisfied cow will be productive, efficient, and healthy. read more

ALUMNI CORNER: AUTOMATED ESTRUS DETECTION

he management of reproduction on dairy farms has drastically changed since the introduction of synchronization protocols in the mid-1990s. read more

GUILTY WITHOUT A TRIAL:
ONE ABUSE VIDEO HURTS ALL DAIRY FARMS

There are over 60,000 dairy farms in the U.S. that house over 8 million dairy cows and an equal number of dairy heifers. Anybody who has worked with dairy cows knows that patience is key to success, and absolutely nothing is gained when an animal is mistreated. read more

ANYTHING YOU CAN DO…

“Anything you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you.” The lyric is from the 1950 musical comedy “Annie Get Your Gun” but could have been written today by the ad writers for any of a number of crop supply companies including seeds, farm chemicals and inoculants. read more

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REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS –
A FEW MORE PIECES FOR THE PUZZLE

After attending this year’s Joint Annual Meeting for the American Dairy Science Association, American Society of Animal Science and Canadian Society of Animal Science in Kansas City, I asked all of our Miner staff who attended to share something they learned at our weekly research staff meeting. read more

WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE FARM

As winter rolls in, milk production is in the low-mid 90s, the herd is averaging 156 DIM, 49% of the cows are pregnant and we are shipping 6.8-6.9 lbs of components per cow per day. read more

TONGUE TWISTERS

As you walk through the barn it’s hard not to be entertained by various facial expressions made by the cows. Some blink with surprise as if they were not expecting you to walk by, a few may extend their nose to get a good whiff, several are sure to be completely oblivious and then there’s THAT one. read more

WATER FOOTPRINT OF THE DAIRY INDUSTRY

Miner Institute staff are observing cows in overstocked pens for 3 days to watch for effects on behavior and time budget. If you have never been involved in a ‘cow watch’ before, it is exactly as it sounds, watching cow behavior over a long period of time. read more

WHAT IF ...

December is one of my favorite times of year. The field work is done and we can be thankful for the bountiful harvest. The holiday season is in full swing and we make time to gather with friends and family. We reflect on the past year and excitedly look forward to the start of another. read more

CELL PHONE USAGE BY GENDER ON MORNING COMMUTE:
WHO WINS?

As of October 1, it is illegal to not only text while driving, but also to speak on a hand held electronic device/cell phone while driving in VT. So now my entire commute NY & VT, can be in peace without feeling the obligation to talk to people while driving. read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Comment

Confession is good for the soul but may be bad for your career.

 

The Miner Institute Farm Report is written primarily for farmers and other agricultural professionals in the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada. Most articles deal with dairy and crops topics, but also included are articles dealing with environmental issues and global agriculture as well as editorial commentary.

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