2015: INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SOILS
Did you know that a handful of soil can have more species of bacteria than plant species in the entire world, or that the first cure for tuberculosis was discovered in 1943 from a soil-dwelling bacteria? read more
DOES EXTRA ENERGY IN THE FORM OF SUGAR OR PROPIONATE
ENHANCE PRE-WEANED CALF GROWTH?
Development of a functional rumen in the pre-weaned calf is critical for the transition from a milk-based diet to a forage and solids-based diet at weaning. Feeding highly fermentable carbohydrates in the form of starch and fiber in starter grains produces the volatile fatty acids (VFA) that stimulate rumen papillae development. read more
IS MILKING A PAIN IN YOUR….BACK?
Milking is one of the most labor-intensive and time-consuming jobs on the dairy. So it is not surprising that those dairy producers or their employees that milk cows experience musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The term MSD is used to describe a variety of conditions that affect the muscles, bones, and joints. read more
URBAN COLLEGE STUDENTS SHARE
OPINIONS OF AGRICULTURE
The 3rd weekend in January marked the first ever AgChat Foundation National Collegiate Congress, an event focused on communicating farmers’ and ranchers’ stories to the consumer in a positive, memorable way. The congress participants also visited Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana to see first-hand how agri-tourism is used to bridge the gap between consumers, producers, and everyone in between. read more
TOTAL TRACT NDF DIGESTIBILITY VARIES
CONSIDERABLY IN COWS
One of the core research objectives at Miner Institute is to increase forage utilization by dairy cows. Many of our conversations about dairy cattle nutrition at the farm and in the lab revolve around improving forage quality, and in particular, NDF digestibility. read more