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May Farm Report

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK: WHO'S FIRST?

Recently an Italian research group published a paper (Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 2015. 166:20) that assessed the milking order of dairy cows as they entered the parlor and how their health status influenced the order of parlor entry. read more

ALUMNI CORNER: IN A NEW YORK STATE OF CHEESE
Small-scale, artisan cheese production in the Empire State

It will come as no surprise that right now local food production is in. Maybe you think of it as merely the latest fad or perhaps as the inevitable result of the public’s separation from its food supply. Either way, customers increasingly demand knowledge of where and how their food is produced. read more

IS AG RESEARCH IMPORTANT?

During a recent flight to Wisconsin the woman seated next to me asked where I was going. She wasn’t satisfied with my polite and concise answer of “Green Bay”; she wanted more detail. She was a talker. read more

WHICH MAKES MORE MILK — ALFALFA OR GRASS?

There’s no simple answer to this question since it depends on forage quality, the amount of each being fed, milk production level etc. However, the increasing amount of corn silage fed to dairy cows makes grass worth a second — or first — look. read more

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WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE FARM

Spring has finally come to stay here at Miner Institute and it definitely has shown in our daily activities here on the farm. The calves are no longer getting fed their third feeding and they are shedding their calf jackets, the curtains are down throughout all the barns, and even the fans have turned on a couple times when the temperature got warm enough. read more

DOES STEAM-FLAKING VITREOUS CORN IMPROVE STARCH DIGESTIBILITY?

In March I had the opportunity to speak at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference in Baltimore, MD. While attending the conference I was asked whether steam-flaking vitreous corn grain can increase starch digestibility more than grinding corn, particularly compared with floury corn grain. read more

HOW COCA-COLA COULD CHANGE DAIRY CONSUMPTION

Coke is taking an interest in the dairy industry. Fairlife LLC, a subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Company, has recently released a value-added milk product boasting 50% less sugar, 50% more protein, and 30% more calcium than conventionally processed milk. read more

ON FARM TECHNOLOGY: TO INVEST OR NOT TO INVEST?

Despite the high initial investment many dairy producers are incorporating new technologies into their daily farm operations and seeing great results. Other dairy producers are resistant to new technology, preferring to farm using more traditional methods. read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Comment

Even duct tape can’t fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound.

 

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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