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 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.
Achieving a tight pack is one of the most important aspects of harvesting and storing silage.
The PA Johne’s Disease Herd Certification Process (JDHCP) is based on the national program standards, which were developed by the USDA and the National Johne’s Working Group in an effort to bring uniformity to the Johne’s programs being developed by individual states.
The January 10, 2006 issue of the Hoard’s Dairyman contained a short article about the National Dairy Quality Award winners.
Evaluating and monitoring dehydration in your dairy calves is an important task for the dairy calf manager.
EPA has taken a giant step in the expected regulation of air emissions (especially ammonia) from AFOs (animal feeding operations) including dairies.
Are you one of the many producers who have been practicing good conservation for at least the past few years? Now a new USDA program, the Conservation Security Program (CSP), is available to reward you for your efforts.
How would you rate the respectability of your dairy farm in relation to your environment, neighbors, cows and workers?
Leptospirosis is a worldwide infectious bacterial disease of many animal species causing abortion, stillbirths, milk loss and reproductive inefficiency. Leptospiral organisms can infect humans, thereby becoming an important zoonotic disease.
Evaluating the feed bunk of high producing dairy cattle is important to help determine if they are being fed in a manner that meets their nutrient needs. Your feeding system along with your feeding strategy, or the way you manage the system, is crucial to providing the majority of your cows with balanced diets in adequate amounts.