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Browse our wealth of news and information for advice and tips on topics ranging from reproduction to nutrition.


How to choose your next cover crop

Need some help making a decision on which clover you should use as a cover crop?


What is your largest phosphorus import?

Phosphorus balance is the amount of actual phosphorus imported into a farm contained in sources such as feed, fertilizer, animals, and bedding less the phosphorus contained in exported milk, animals, feed, and manure. If the imports of phosphorus remain higher than the exports of phosphorus for a period of time, the usual consequence is an elevated level of soil phosphorus in the fields.


Calves with Sam: Starter intake varies calf-by-calf

Hugh Chester-Jones at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center summarized their research data on calf starter grain intakes. These data are for many trials over a number of years.
The intakes are reported for two-week intervals from day 1 to day 42.    

Profit Tips: 3 tools to better navigate the transition period

Dairy cow transition is a journey impacted by a myriad of management practices and influences. The more we learn about this critical period, the more we come to understand its influence on cow health and performance during the current lactation – and into the next.


Profit Tips: Hiring the right fit with interview questions

When interviewing potential candidates for positions on your dairy, there are three types of questions: standard, behavioral and situational. Using a combination of these questions is often the key to a successful interview technique.


Miner Farm Report: A few more pieces of the fertility/milk production 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. For me, I learned that a 50+-year-old mother of three should probably never ride a mechanical bull or pig…lesson learned.


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