Successful culling strategies are based on economics and utilize accurate production data. This article discusses metrics that incorporate information from a current test day and for the current lactation.
As group housing systems for calves have gained popularity in recent years, interest in acidified milk systems has also been renewed. This article describes reasons for acidifying milk or milk replacer and examines research on acidified milk feeding systems.
Consistency is one of the biggest goals when feeding calves. Whatever the liquid feed (milk or milk replacer), the temperature, total solids percentage, and nutrient level should be reasonably consistent from feeding to feeding. Large changes in any of these parameters can lead to unwillingness of calves to drink or scours in calves that do drink.
Is the dairy industry ready to move from the past 75 years of artificial insemination (AI) as the primary way of advancing genetic progress, to using genomics, ovum pick-up (OPU), and in vitro fertilization (IVF) as another combination of technologies that could be used routinely to help take the dairy industry to the “next level” of genetic progress?
Prevention of mastitis requires reducing exposure to mastitis pathogens and enhancing the ability of the heifers’ immune system to respond.
The variety of production systems make it difficult for any one farm to truly know the cost to feed its herd when basing prices solely on the prevailing market. Though analysts do a reasonable job approximating the market costs for feedstuffs like corn silage and alfalfa haylage, actual producer costs can vary greatly within the same state. For this reason, it pays to know the true costs to produce the crops fed on the dairy farm.
With the continuous parade of winter storms hitting the U.S., USDA has released an information sheet titled Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Snow Storms.
Paul Vigna explores the use of sulfites in wine after a local news article posted how mead producers do not add "sulfides."
You know the situation…you and your crew spent days cleaning, pruning and moving perennial and nursery stock into your overwintering houses. After a few weeks you walk through and notice some of the pots have half the media volume they had when you moved them!
A common misconception in the grant writing process is that the actual proposal is a major component of the grant seeking process. However, to be successful, grant writing is a process that entails careful planning, research and outreach as well as cultivating relationships.
This is the second in a series of four video briefs that feature Penn State’s involvement in green infrastructure and sustainability. (VIDEO)
Journalist, Paul Vigna, writes about the 2014 Wine Quality Improvement workshop, and what advantages it holds for winemakers and wine enthusiasts. Article includes images capturing the hands-on activities experienced by attendees to identify and remember wine defects.
Penn Live writer, Paul Vigna discusses the 2014 Benchmark Wine Tasting workshop held by Penn State Extension Enology.
Are you eagerly waiting for spring to arrive? Are you busy ordering flower and vegetable seeds from colorful catalogs?
HARRISBURG, Penn. — Pennsylvania producers who want to protect their investments from rising input costs, unstable markets and adverse weather conditions can sign up for crop insurance coverage on insurable spring-planted crops before March 15.
Each year in February, horticultural professional growers, educators, and hobbyists are putting the finishing touches on their projects for the grand and delightful Philadelphia Flower Show.
HARRISBURG, Penn. — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for projects that increase the visibility and competitiveness of the state's nursery, horticultural and nut products industries through deadline of Feb. 28.
HARRISBURG, Penn. — Governor Tom Corbett's 2014-15 budget proposal makes important investments to the Department of Agriculture and the economy-driving agriculture industry.
What do you do with smaller sized woodland parcels? Can you care for them the same way that you can larger parcels? Follow these landowners' example and learn how to inventory and come up with a plan for a smaller woodlot.
Tobacco smoke is a health risk, even dental health.