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The latest news from the Penn State Extension Dairy Team.
June 7, 2012

Research shows how lameness can contribute to reproductive problems that drain profits

April 26, 2012

Designed and managed properly freestall shelters can be a good fit on productive dairy farms.

April 25, 2012

Since we cannot predict prices of energy in the future, we need to prepare for fluctuations in prices of the various energy sources.

April 24, 2012

Labor and cost spent getting water into each paddock may pay for itself quicker than almost any other management practice on the farm.

February 24, 2012

Milk production, somatic cell counts, pregnancy rate, culling rate, income over feed cost, are just a few of the metrics available for monitoring among dairy advisory teams.

February 24, 2012

Be careful to avoid the “Twinkies Effect” on your farm and in your home.

February 24, 2012

Many times the difference between success and failure is a matter of inches and seconds! Profitability of your dairy is no different.

February 24, 2012

Every state has different options for handling on-farm mortality. It is important to check with your state Department of Agriculture or Department of Environmental Protection regarding your options. In Pennsylvania, state law says that any animal mortality needs to be properly disposed of in 48 hours.

February 24, 2012

The following are some a collection of the common questions asked during the "Managing your Farm Business with Quickbooks" Workshops and how to address them to help simplify your financial records process.

February 24, 2012

Dairy PROS meetings will focus on "Dairy Markets & Risk Management"

December 19, 2011

Management Is Key to Providing Good Cow Comfort

December 19, 2011

Heating water is one of the most energy-intensive functions on the dairy.

December 19, 2011

A recent study at Penn State was designed to compare total serum protein and IgG concentrations and apparent efficiency of absorption (AEA) in Holstein heifer calves

December 19, 2011

A variety of housing types and arrangements can be used to assemble a productive replacement raising system

December 19, 2011

A variety of housing types and arrangements can be used to assemble a productive replacement raising system

October 28, 2011

Flood-affected forages might contain heavy metals, petroleum compounds, and sewage that might adversely animal health or contaminate animal-based food products.

October 28, 2011

Frequent testing will allow for a more consistent feed ration

October 28, 2011

To improve feed efficiency, you must understand the many factors that influence it.