Beginning dairy farmers, out of necessity, need to keep capital costs low. Grazing and out-wintering fit the bill, as does minimal compost-barn housing. The fear, however, is chapped or frostbitten teats.
The swine nutrition group at the U of MN has been devoted to studying the feeding applications and nutritional value of DDGS for swine for more than 15 years.
U of MN, Morris students gathered more than 654 pounds of produce this harvest season at the WCROC, a collaborative project between Morris Healthy Eating, UMM students, and horticulture staff at the WCROC.
U of MN Morris students, faculty, and staff have enjoyed locally-raised, organic grass-fed beef as part of the menu selection in the campus cafeteria. But this is not your ordinary beef...and it doesn't get any more local than this. In a unique collaboration between the WCROC and UMM, faculty and staff are bringing WCROC products (beef, peppers, and strawberries) to the UMM tables.
Pasture is the primary source of forage for grazing dairies. For organic dairies, the National Organic Program livestock production regulations require a minimum of 120 days grazing per animal.
Rob Gardner is a new faculty member at the WCROC, a joint position with the Dept of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering.
Each year at the U of MN WCROC hundreds of new cultivars are trialed at the Horticulture Display Garden.
Nearly 90 5th graders from the Morris Area Elementary School visited the WCROC in October, 2014 to learn about renewable energy.
Minnesota farmers send more than $400 million a year out of the state to buy nitrogen fertilizer, most of which comes from outside the U.S. and leaves a hefty carbon footprint. Now, a team of researchers from across the University of Minnesota, including those at the WCROC, has set out to develop a cleaner, more sustainable alternative.