Be prepared to handle and transport cattle appropriately in cold weather. The cold, wet and wind of winter weather present a different set of challenges.
Ensuring your calves are healthy, by reducing stress, will improve their performance in the feedlot and improve your relationship with your buyers.
When cash prices are lower it's sometimes easy to skimp on the very production practices that made you successful.
Enacted to further improve the safety of our food supply, these laws will impact most farms.
In a news article posted here on July 27, readers learned how recent market conditions have revitalized the interest in feeding dairy steers for beef. Read how one family has approached their entry into just such a feeding venture.
Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. Each year approximately 10% of U.S. farm deaths are in Pennsylvania. Do your part and make your farm as safe as possible.
Hot dry summers can be the worst enemy of high quality productive pastures. Dry weather often results in over grazing, and before you know it, grass and broadleaf weeds have replaced desired species.
A long-term grazing study shows the advantage of a diversified mix of pasture plant species.
The drought of 2012 and record beef prices, during this period, revitalized the interest in feeding dairy steer calves for beef, in particular the Holstein steer. This increased interest has meant more accepting sale of these animals to a packer and more competitive markets for Holstein beef.
Lack of rain and high-ish temperatures are impacting crops in several counties. A question more and more farmers are asking lately is something like – “What must I do if I suspect a crop loss on crop insurance covered acres?”
Producers needing extra forage should take a look at the yields and quality Penn State has been getting with grasses and cover crops planted in September.
Although it is tempting to open the paddock gates and let livestock graze where and what they can find, maintaining a managed grazing system and keeping animals off scorched forages can be the key to healthy pastures in the fall and next spring.
Tips for controlling thistles, multiflora rose, and other troublesome pasture weeds.
Bovine tuberculosis is still found worldwide but many countries, including the United States, have greatly reduced or even eliminated the disease from their cattle herds. Unfortunately, despite getting very close to eliminating this disease in US cattle, we never quite got there in the early 1990's.
Cattle are tremendous creatures that can handle many feeds that non-ruminant animals cannot eat. Thus, beef cattle producers are uniquely positioned to use new and changing feed ingredients.
The spread of multiflora rose in Pennsylvania has caused it to be designated as a noxious weed. Multiflora rose can be controlled but it takes considerable effort.
Managing when and where livestock graze can have lasting positive effects on pasture productivity.
Springtime brings on many questions in regards to restoring pastures that are weather beaten after winter.
Here you will find common techniques producers use to keep their animals healthy and avoid having to treat them.
Manure gas deaths keep occurring around the world. What can we do to make manure handling safer?