Register now for the Dairy Production Medicine (DPM) Certificate Program VII! We still have a few seats available for this valuable Continuing Education opportunity.
The DPM Certificate Program VII will update and refocus the dairy practitioner by providing skills and knowledge in production medicine.
Antibiotic resistance has been a focus area emphasized by the Veterinary Extension Team for several years. The President of the United States also feels that this is one of the most pressing public health and animal agricultural issues. His FY 2016 budget nearly doubles the amount of Federal funding for combating and preventing antibiotic resistance to more than $1.2 billion.
The annual Veterinary Practitioner’s Meeting sponsored by the Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (PADLS-PSU), Pennsylvania State University Veterinary Extension, and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will be held on Friday, May 1st, 2015.
As we move into hotter weather, cattle managers need to be thinking about heat stress in their stock and how it can be mitigated. It is better to do some planning ahead of time rather than reacting after a heat wave starts.
High populations of different flies can have a negative impact on the productivity and profitability of beef cattle enterprises. Learn how to minimize the impact they have on your herd.
A few simple steps preparing for weaning can minimize the stress to both ewes and lambs in your flock.
The Penn State Veterinary Extension group will be offering the next edition of the Dairy Production Medicine (DPM) Certificate Program for veterinarians this fall, 2014.
Earlier this year a field study was initiated to look into potential causes of stillborn calves in dairy and beef herds in Pennsylvania.
Despite the best intentions and care in animal agricultural facilities there are occasional animal mortalities. Until very recently there was a viable rendering industry that would collect the deceased animal and recycle the carcass back into useful products. Changes in economics and the emergence of disease agents that must be prevented from circulating in animal herds and flocks have made rendering of carcasses much less attractive or even impossible at times.
Last summer the Penn State Field Investigators were contacted by a referring veterinarian in regard to an unusual herd-wide situation of downer cows.
As the recipient of this award, Dr. Robert Van Saun is an individual who, through long and continued service, has promoted the goals of the AABP and whose accomplishments have served as a model for service to bovine agriculture through organized veterinary medicine.
Times are changing in the realm of calf care and management: more consumer and regulatory scrutiny, all with a broader scope and greater degree of sensitivity. However, producers can adjust to the changing times by employing time-tested calf-care practices.
Interested in reducing mastitis cases that reduce your production, and cost you money and time? You may receive a survey about mastitis control in the mail soon addressing this important problem. Led by veterinarian Dr. Ron Erskine from Michigan State University, a team of researchers from Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, Florida A&M University, and Mississippi State University are conducting research to improve mastitis control and prevention.
Our Extension veterinarians, Ernest Hovingh and Dave Wolfgang, feature in the final issue of the Johne's Disease Dairy Newsletter, a publication by the National Johne's Disease Education Initiative. A new online, user-friendly risk assessment tool is being released, at www.jdrap.org
A fact sheet with answers to the top questions about CWD and updated information about two positive cases found this fall in Pennsylvania. CWD is a chronic degenerative neurological disease affecting the central nervous system of cervids.
Excellent presentations now available online from the Washington State Extension Farm Animal Welfare Symposium. The symposium was attended by producers, veterinarians, students, faculty, and producers groups. The talks are available as a series of youtube videos and cover many important animal welfare topics.
The latest publication from the National Johne's Disease Education Initiative is now available on our Johne's Focus Area page.
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture confirmed the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state on a deer farm in Adams County.
Dr. Hovingh was awarded the Animal Welfare Advocacy Award by the PVMA. He was recognized for his leadership role in developing effective dairy welfare programs, addressing pain management issues in livestock, and for serving as an instructor for dairy welfare programs both nationally and internationally.