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What is the West Central Research and Outreach Center?


University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center is a center whose goal is to disseminate knowledge and information, focusing on west central Minnesota. Orginally an agricultural experiment station, research has expanded to include studies of environmental quality and renewable energy. From an article in AgriNews, Brad Heins is new dairy scientist at WCROC

The center has 110 cows in a conventional grazing system and another 90 in organics. Besides Holsteins, the center has been crossbreeding cattle with Jerseys, Swedish Reds, Norwegian Reds, Mont Beliards and Normandes. One reason the Normandes are part of the breeding program is the high percentage of BB Capa Casein found in their milk. The BB is beneficial for cheese production, he said. Heins envisions the center one day having an a small cheese plant.

Of note are is a late calf weaning project, where a group of calves are weaned at 90 days in an organic system.

Since there aren't any organic milk replacers, they are monitoring the effectiveness of late weaning vs. early weaning.

DairyCast 0383 - How to make your ration pay for itself

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DairyCast 0382 - Arizona dairy nutritionist offers advice increase profits

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DairyCast update for July 15, 2010, What Plants Should You be Concerned With in Your Forages?

This week is our local county fair. It is always a highlight of the year for me personally to see so many young people proudly displaying their months of hard work in an agriculture project. But it is also an excellent opportunity for all of us in agriculture to share our story with the public.

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DairyCast 0379 - How can you gain more milk with less feed?

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  • Howard Jensen and Roger Calza, Biozyme, share their insights into how you can gain the Amaferm advantage and increase your cow herd efficiencies.
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DairyCast 0378 - How sustainable is our future in agriculture?

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Increasing artificial insemination pregnancy rates, part 2

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Increasing artificial insemination pregnancy rates, part 1

Cow AI Pregnancy Rates, part 1 Transcript of Dr. Cliff Lamb, University of Florida, providing information on how you can increase your artificial insemination pregnancy rates in your cows, part 1.
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