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The latest news from the Penn State Extension Dairy Team.
June 17, 2013

A new growth spreadsheet that generates a customized growth curve for an individual herd based on that herd’s goal for age at first calving and the mature size of animals in the herd. Using this tool, you will be able to tell at every step of the way whether heifers are on track to calve at the right size and age, eliminating the delay that comes with not measuring heifer performance until first calving.

June 17, 2013

We can't control the weather, but we can make management changes to improve calf comfort and performance as the mercury rises.

June 17, 2013

A growing population and increased incomes from an economic boom are the driving forces behind a surge in dairy product demand in India. One key to the success of recent consumption trends has been an American standby: the refrigerator.

June 17, 2013

On-farm milk culture is a tool that can help you reduce the amount of antibiotics being used, decrease costs associated with clinical mastitis, and increase milk quality and profitability.

June 17, 2013

Commodity feeding can be a money saving or money losing game, and each farm needs to look at their numbers and make that decision for their operation.

April 24, 2013

Research from the University of Florida shows that calves exposed to heat stress before birth have lower birth weights and compromised immunity.

April 24, 2013

Two real world examples of group housing and feeding systems for calves and a discussion of the challenges in each system.

April 24, 2013

Dairy producers are encouraged to design a parasite control program with their veterinarian. This article presents some elements that might be considered in crafting a more effective program.

February 22, 2013

There are several ways to economically evaluate better reproduction. Whatever economic indicator is used, research suggests that the more efficient our dairy producers become at getting their entire dairy herd pregnant, both first service cows and repeat breeders, the potential exists for increased profitability for the dairy enterprise.

February 22, 2013

Insight into world supply and demand factors that influence milk price.

February 22, 2013

Penn State research suggests that when low quality forage is added to the diet to achieve extra chewing or rumination, chopping it fine enough to minimize sorting will help cows to consume the amount of forage desired and still provide physically effective fiber.

February 22, 2013

Transitioning cows from the dry period into and through early lactation has a huge effect on the overall production and health of the entire herd. The way we house and manage the dry and prefresh cow ultimately determines the level of production she can achieve.

February 11, 2013

Penn State Extension Dairy Team has scheduled two workshops to help increase milk quality through collecting and indentifying on-farm cultures.

February 11, 2013

Workshops designed for English-speaking milkers and managers will emphasize proper milking techniques and standard operating procedures.

Filming crew captures the sites and sounds of cows eating
February 8, 2013

Video clip from the Big Ten Network featuring the DairyCents app with interviews from Penn State Extension, a local dairy producer, and a Penn State student.

January 23, 2013

Recent hire to the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, Heather Weeks featured in Progressive Dairymen Magazine

January 21, 2013

Recent hire to the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, Ximena del Campo featured in Progressive Dairymen Magazine

 Andrea Tholen, Dairy Extension Educator
January 4, 2013

Recent hire Andrea Tholen featured in Progressive Dairyman Magazine

New DairyCents iPad app icon
December 17, 2012

The Penn State Extension Dairy Team releases an enhanced iPad version of the mobile app DairyCents.

December 10, 2012

It’s that time of year again! Cold weather is approaching and keeping every newborn and young calf healthy might be challenging. Wind and snow can add stress to even the healthiest of calves.