The Penn State Extension Dairy Team’s mobile app DairyCents is now available for download on Android devices. DairyCents has been available since August on iTunes and has over 600 registered users to date.
Since the deregulation of electricity generation there have been numerous changes in the price structures for electricity. Take the time to investigate your options and consider changes that could save you money.
Controlling costs is just as important as ensuring the quality and quantity of heifers entering the dairy herd. Understanding a herd’s unique heifer need and availability based on key herd metrics can achieve insight into potential limitations or excess availability of heifers. Controlling these metrics to improve access to replacement opens the dairy business to greater control of quality of heifers becoming their next lactating herd participants.
Holstein herds in Pennsylvania have made progress in reducing the average age of heifers at first calving.
Federal funding is gone, but Johne's Disease isn’t. This article presents some relatively easy and inexpensive management practices that you can use to minimize the level of infection and the impact of this disease in your herd.
Perspectives on the dangers of keeping bulls on the farm and alternatives that can help keep you, your family, and your employees safe.
New research from the University of Minnesota confirms that colostrum pasteurization can be successful on commercial dairy farms.
In late summer and early fall, the talk of pricing standing corn for corn silage always seems to come up in conversation. Most look for a simple conversion from the current cost of grain corn to the value for corn silage. Unfortunately, in today’s economic environment, taking a little time to look at the factors involved with pricing corn silage from standing corn will help both the buyer and seller reach a fair price. Consider the price from each perspective, grain grower and forage buyer.
New corn silage and candy product pose challenges to ration balancing.
The fresh cows increase milk production by ten pounds due to diversity of energy sources and the amounts altered to complement the forage quality.
Unexpected commodity deliveries and corn silage transitions made October interesting for the Penn State Dairy Herd.
Haylage shrink of 22% keeps the PSU Dairy on their toes but setting goals and making a plan of action keeps milk production going strong.
Fresh dairy cattle sometimes need a little extra TLC. Moving cows too early can hurt milk production.
Changes in forages result in pleasant component increases.
Balanced rations for lactating dairy cows only work if ingredients are mixed properly.
A decrease in milk butterfat sends the alarm but is the diet to blame?
Crows are not dumb birds.
When it rains, it pours: broken TMR mixer, running out of feed, and a drop in the milk fat test pose challenges to the herd.
Transition to 2012 early corn silage results in drops in milk production and fat test.
The heat and corn silage changes take a toll on milk production and dry matter intake at the Penn State Dairy Barn.