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July 3, 2017

Take a short bus ride to the Livestock Evaluation Center and learn about research on making more beef with the use of implants!

Photo by Brian Prechtel.  USDA ARS
May 31, 2017

Beef cattle producers are rightfully proud of producing a "good" product but sometimes go to extremes on weight endpoints to achieve this product. We should really be assessing the cost of putting on those extra pounds of fat if we are going to stay in business.

May 31, 2017

Herbicide selection in new grass and legume seedings, established hay and pastures, and some guidelines for management based largely on the life cycle of the troublesome weeds in pasture are concerns for some forage producers this season. Some helpful tips for weed management in forages are presented in a simple/straight-forward fashion for your convenience.

May 17, 2017

Now that spring is upon us and pastures across the state have grown to an adequate height to begin grazing, it is important to remember to keep an eye on residue heights to eliminate over-grazing and the problems that occur as a result.

Poison hemlock in the spring time along a fencerow.  Image from Ohio State University.
May 4, 2017

“This is the time of year when you start to notice poison hemlock in your pastures or along fence rows and roadsides. Best management practices should take place before it flowers, produces more seed, and continues to spread”.

Adapted from John Herrick, Iowa State University, Extension Veterinarian
December 16, 2016

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.

Calf fitted with a device to keep it from nursing it's dam.
December 15, 2016

Ensuring your calves are healthy, by reducing stress, will improve their performance in the feedlot and improve your relationship with your buyers.

December 13, 2016

When cash prices are lower it's sometimes easy to skimp on the very production practices that made you successful.

Holstein steers on feed at the Sechrist farm.
October 4, 2016

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.

Corn harvest.
October 4, 2016

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.

August 10, 2016

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.

July 27, 2016

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.

July 27, 2016

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?”

July 27, 2016

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.

July 27, 2016

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.

June 1, 2016

Tips for controlling thistles, multiflora rose, and other troublesome pasture weeds.

Source: OIE World Animal Health Information System adapted by FAO EMPRES-i. Number of bovine TB cases reported by country in 2011.
May 24, 2016

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.

May 24, 2016

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.