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FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK: MAKING MILK FROM FORAGE

In January I’m attending a conference in Italy focused on making milk from forages - grasses in particular. Since most of the forage concepts would be the same in the U.S. or Italy, I wanted to share the main points of my presentation. read more

ALUMNI CORNER: REGULAR MIXER WAGON MAINTENANCE REDUCES DAILY TMR VARIABILITY

Ration consistency is often overlooked as a source of variation in milk yield and feed efficiency. A study conducted in Ontario by scientists from the University of Guelph looked at the daily variation in TMR on 22 farms. read more

CLOSE-UP DRY COWS SORT TOO, DOES IT MATTER?

We put a lot of focus on feed sorting issues with lactating cows for very good reason, but we don’t often look at sorting in close-up dry cow diets. These rations can be more prone to sorting if using the bulk fill approach with straw in the ration. read more

DIETITIANS FAIL GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD QUIZ

Genetically engineered (GE) foods have been in the limelight for the last few months. Labeling laws were defeated in Oregon and Colorado, and Vermont is facing legal action in response to its GE labeling law that was passed last year. read more

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PAPER OR PLASTIC?

Sometimes information is useful enough that it’s worth a replay, and there have been enough additions to our Farm Report mailing list in recent years that many current subscribers didn’t read the first report. read more

WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE FARM

Well, winter is finally here to stay at Miner Institute! The maintenance crew has been busy keeping everything plowed at the farm and the cafeteria staff has Miner Center all decked out for the holidays. read more

ANIMAL CARE AND USE COMMITTEE AT MINER INSTITUTE

All institutions (private and public) that conduct research with animals are required to have an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) whose role is to review and approve or disapprove protocols and other proposed activities related to animal care and use in research and teaching. read more

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR DRY COWS

The U.S. government has put together a New Year’s resolution website to help people achieve their goals (www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New-Years-Resolutions.shtml). Some of the popular resolutions focus on eating better and managing body weight and fat. read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Comment

People tend to make rules for others and exceptions for themselves.

 

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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