News

Greener Farms of the Future

March 30, 2021

(Minnesota Alumni) U of M researchers are partnering with farmers to find new ways to cultivate the soil and raise animals - and help mitigate climate change.


The Cowbot

March 21, 2021

(PBS Prairie Sportsman) Wait, no driver?!? Our robotic mower, dubbed the "Cowbot" takes to WCROC pastures to mow down weeds using GPS navigation.


Beyond the Elements: Reactions

February 3, 2021

(PBS) Check out the U of MN's role in helping to feed the world in this exciting segment, featured on PBS by NOVA. 


Improving Piglet Survival

December 11, 2020

Pork producers and industry professionals have expressed the need to decrease pre-weaning mortality rates in piglets, and University of Minnesota researchers are uniquely poised to take on the challenge. 


The Renewable Energy Cows Come Home, Now with Green Ammonia

December 2, 2020

(CleanTechnica) Minnesota is making quite a name for itself in the renewable energy field as it relates to sustainable farming, and the WCROC is at the cutting edge of developing and improving renewable systems for agriculture production.


Improving management strategies for organic dairy herds

September 14, 2020

Organic dairy farmers will soon have additional resources for improving management strategies from the University of Minnesota (U of MN) certified organic dairy program located at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), Morris, MN. Dr. Bradley Heins, Associate Professor of Dairy Science at the WCROC, was recently awarded three grants totaling $2.1 million through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to further research in the areas of disbudding alternatives for organic dairy calves, pre-weaned calf rearing options, and the effect of high-legume diets on milk quality.


Mower with a mind of its own

August 12, 2020

(Legacy Magazine) About 250 crossbred dairy cows graze on grasses and cover crops at the WCROC. But the cows don't eat everything, and the weeds left behind will spread unless cut. That's when the cowbot goes to work.


3 Tips to Prevent Tail Biting

August 11, 2020

Tail biting is a behavioral problem that involves both biters and victimized pigs. The biters are triggered by things such as genetics, physiology, or insufficient housing, nutrition or environmental enrichment needs. Yuzhi Li, Associate Professor of Swine Behavior, offers 3 tips for preventing tail biting.


Does water quality impact nursery pig performance and health?

June 11, 2020

(National Hog Farmer) Feed, water and air are the three most essential components required to achieve optimal pig performance and health, yet water has received the least amount of research attention throughout the years. Researchers from the U of MN set out to determine if the quality of water supplied to nursery pigs impacts health and performance.


Making Money in the Shade

June 9, 2020

(Hoard's Dairyman) Some solar panels can capture the sun's energy while providing shade for cattle - a win-win for farmers.