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An example of a quad plate demonstrating growth from a quarter sample of a cow with a high SCC.  (photo by Ginger Fenton, 2015)
July 3, 2017

New ways to incorporate on-farm culturing in herd health routines.

August 8, 2016

Dr. David Wolfgang, who has served for the past 17 years as the Penn State Extension veterinarian overseeing the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program, has been named the state veterinarian by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The most accurate method to assess parasite resistance in an individual sheep is through the use of an EBV for egg count.
August 1, 2016

Utilize EBV (Estimated Breeding Value) data generated through the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP), to help promote genetic resistance to parasites.

Source: OIE World Animal Health Information System adapted by FAO EMPRES-i. Number of bovine TB cases reported by country in 2011.
May 24, 2016

Bovine tuberculosis is still found worldwide but many countries, including the United States, have greatly reduced or even eliminated the disease from their cattle herds. Unfortunately, despite getting very close to eliminating this disease in US cattle, we never quite got there in the early 1990's.

Picture by permission of Greg Brann, NRCS, Grazing Soil Health Specialist
March 14, 2016

Here you will find common techniques producers use to keep their animals healthy and avoid having to treat them.

Used with permission of The Western Producer.
December 1, 2015

Currently in the US, feed stores can sell certain antibiotics for oral use in animals without veterinary supervision. This will change starting in December 2016. The changes instituted by the FDA are part of a voluntary program by the agricultural pharmaceutical and livestock industries to phase out certain antibiotics labelled for use as growth promotion in production animals.

Dr. Ernest Hovingh teaches hoof trimming techniques
November 2, 2015

On a cool day in late October, nineteen workshop participants were treated to a full program about hoof health in dairy cattle. A portion of the workshop was held at a Marion Center dairy farm, where everyone had an opportunity to get "hands on" practice.

September 16, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a "Checklist for Self-Assessment of Enhanced Poultry Biosecurity" and training materials as part of ongoing preparation efforts for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

July 21, 2015

Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.

Setting benchmarks for a range of preferred adjusted weaning weights can help a producer make replacement ewe lamb selection decisions.
July 1, 2015

In order to have a good handle on some of your production practices, you need to review your records on a regular basis. This includes not only financial records for filing taxes, but your production records for evaluating the sheep flock.

Cattle grazing in the Bighorn National Forest. Picture shown with permission of Pearson Real Estate, Buffalo, WY.
June 18, 2015

Silvopasture is the integration of trees, livestock, and forage crops together on the same land to create dual income from timber and livestock.

Feedlot steer experiencing heat stress. (Photo by Carl Dahlen, NDSU)
June 8, 2015

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 and strategizing ahead of time rather than reacting after the heat wave starts.

Boxler, University of Nebraska
June 8, 2015

High populations of different flies can have a negative impact on the productivity and profitability of beef cattle enterprises.

June 4, 2015

Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.

April 24, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture encourages the poultry industry to practice biosecurity measures and stresses the need for vigilance and preparedness in wake of avian flu outbreak. The Department is actively working with industry and government agencies following confirmed positive tests in other states.

February 23, 2015

The DPM Certificate Program VII will update and refocus the dairy practitioner by providing skills and knowledge in production medicine.

February 11, 2015

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.

Planning ahead of hot weather can keep these cattle on feed and making money.
June 4, 2014

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.

Flies have a negative impact on cattle operations.  Minimize the impact with a farm flie control program.
June 4, 2014

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.