The William H. Miner

Agricultural Research Institute

Miner Institute
Farm Report

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK: BARE BUNK DISEASE

Over the past year, I have noticed a growing number of farmers who have cut back on the amount of feed refusals. It makes sense given the higher feed costs and the drive for greater overall feed efficiency. read more

ALUMNI CORNER: NUTRITION: ONLY PART OF THE EQUATION

Dairy ration formulation and evaluation models that predict performance based on animal, environmental, and nutritional inputs are commonly used in the dairy industry. Use of sophisticated models can allow nutritionists to formulate rations to achieve higher levels of milk and milk component production while managing feed costs. read more

MICKEY IS THE ONLY MOUSE I LIKE…

Mice and rats are a common problem on many farms. They eat and contaminate livestock feed, damage facilities, and are carriers of disease. This winter, mice have been a problem in a barn laboratory and a feed mixing/storage area at Miner Institute. read more

ARE SKINNY COWS REALLY SKINNY?

Often we target for cows in the dry period to obtain a body condition score (BCS) ranging from 3.25 to 3.75. This goal stems from the use of body reserves during the transition period and early lactation to counteract the negative energy balance most lactating cows experience. read more

GET READY TO PLANT CORN

Several considerations as you get your corn planter ready to roll. read more

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WEATHER UPDATE: HOW COLD?

After above temperatures early last fall, average temperatures plunged in late October 2013 and more or less stayed there. November 2013 was 1.6 degrees cooler than the 30-yr average while December 2013 was 3.6 degrees colder than the 30-yr mean. read more

WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE FARM

We have been on a Johne’s testing and control program for many years now. Currently we take manure samples once a month from cows that are 110-145 days pregnant and the samples are run on a PCR test to detect the presence of DNA from Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (M.ptb), the bacteria that causes Johne’s disease. read more

CORN SILAGE 2014: A DIFFICULT DECISION

For years we have had sufficient supply of corn silage and BMR corn silage to feed fully fermented silage through the Christmas holidays and beyond. In 2013, however, we fed ourselves out of corn silage. read more

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Closing Comment

Sometimes the first step to forgiveness is realizing that the other person is a complete idiot.

 

 

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