Evaluating the Body Condition Score (BCS) of individual females in your cowherd will go a long way in determining how you feed your herd during the winter months. Many producers skip this important management tool simply because it takes time and it's difficult to keep records. Now there is new technology available which can make the process simple.
Currently in the US, feed stores can sell certain antibiotics for oral use in animals without veterinary supervision. This will change starting in December 2016. The changes instituted by the FDA are part of a voluntary program by the agricultural pharmaceutical and livestock industries to phase out certain antibiotics labelled for use as growth promotion in production animals.
Pennsylvania agriculture is under pressure to reduce nutrient deposition in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Given current nutrient management regulations and restrictions, there are areas in Eastern Pennsylvania where available manure nutrients exceed those that can be applied as fertilizer to local crops. It seems logical that the region of Pennsylvania outside the Chesapeake Bay watershed should be part of a serious discussion for future livestock expansion.
You might want to get familiar with the term "Bud Box". It may change the way you work your cattle.
That old, low quality hay crop has value!
Study showed that management intensive grazing of perennial grassland increased organic matter content, cation exchange capacity, and water holding capacity.
Silvopasture is the integration of trees, livestock, and forage crops together on the same land to create dual income from timber and livestock. In recent years there has been more interest in these types of systems. Grazing livestock in wooded areas was once very common in the northeastern U. S.
Cattle managers need to be thinking about heat stress in their stock and how it can be mitigated. It is better to do some planning and strategizing ahead of time rather than reacting after the heat wave starts.
High populations of different flies can have a negative impact on the productivity and profitability of beef cattle enterprises.
Reproduction is the most influential factor contributing to the profitability of a cow calf producer. Poor conception rates will drastically decrease annual revenue of the operation, likely inhibiting profitability. While there are several reasons that contribute to this happening, we need to manage our risk to insure that we give our cows an opportunity to be successful.
Soil conservation, nutrient sequestration, weed suppression, improved soil health, increased success with no-till, among others, are reasons why cover crop usage is increasing.
As we move into hotter weather, cattle managers need to be thinking about heat stress in their stock and how it can be mitigated. It is better to do some planning ahead of time rather than reacting after a heat wave starts.
High populations of different flies can have a negative impact on the productivity and profitability of beef cattle enterprises. Learn how to minimize the impact they have on your herd.
The benefits of crossbreeding systems in the beef sector have been extensively researched over the years, and the practical implications of the benefits of crossbreeding are as relevant and important today as they were 25 years ago. There are numerous benefits to a well-designed crossbreeding system.
The Penn State Department of Dairy and Animal Science (DAS) was recognized with the Pennsylvania Angus Association's 2011 Seedstock Breeder of the Year Award.
This sale is held in early November at the Penn State University Beef and Sheep Center on the University Park Campus. Students in a livestock merchandizing class help with all aspects of the sale activities. View Photo Album of a recent sale.