Edited by Dr. Jud Heinrichs, Professor of Dairy and Animal Science, Dairy Digest features articles by Penn State's experts in dairy management, engineering, herd health, and related areas. Dairy Digest has been published by the Department of Dairy and Animal Science and Penn State Cooperative Extension since 1963.
There are varying opinions on the pros and cons of feeding straw, especially to the transition and high producing cow. When is the right time to consider using straw?
For many parts of Pennsylvania, drought has plagued crops since spring. It has been at least 2 years since many of us had to contend with drought stressed crops. As harvesting dates grow closer for corn and sorghum, keep in mind some points related to nitrate toxicity.
The heat and humidity this summer has severely affected reproductive performance. Lower pregnancy rates should be expected because of higher rate of fertilization failure and embryonic death.
You need to be aware that Pennsylvania enacted a new law called “Responsible Utility Customer Protection Act (RUCPA)” that enables utility companies to shut off utility services under certain circumstances.
Despite the cost and lower fertility of sexed semen, there are still many commercial applications with this technology.
Odor is a frustrating issue because we all have different opinions on what is a good or bad odor.
Think about the ramifications of dry weather on our haycrop forage, different feeding strategies will need consideration to compensate for the possible lower forage inventory.
You need to seek qualified legal advice on any contract that you are offered before signing.
They indicate that mycoplasma mastitis can be economically devastating to dairies because of its contagious nature and its resistance to treatment.
There is no simple answer to why reproductive performance is lowering for high producing cows.
A good freestall is important in milk production, reduced lameness and an overall healthy mobile cow.
The primary goals in milking dairy cows are to get as much milk as possible from each cow while keeping labor costs low and maintain high milk quality.
Attention to the increased impact of animal facilities to atmospheric conditions has been on the radar screens of local and state regulatory agencies in California for some time, but are now developing state implementation plans regarding air quality in several of their air management districts.
What is the criteria to think about to determine if you have an attractive location for wind machines?
EPA has extended the deadline for comments on the agreement until May 2, 2005 and the sign-up deadline until July 1, 2005
Timely and accurate determination of pregnancy status is crucial to a successful reproductive management program.