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July 26, 2017

Horses, cattle, sheep, and goats will generally avoid poisonous plants. Grazing animals seem to have an innate sense of which plants are okay to consume and which to avoid. However, in pastures which have become overgrazed or brown from drought they will be more apt to sample less palatable species including poisonous broadleaves.

May 31, 2017

Grazing management and genetic selection can help your flock minimize the impact of parasites.

May 31, 2017

Herbicide selection in new grass and legume seedings, established hay and pastures, and some guidelines for management based largely on the life cycle of the troublesome weeds in pasture are concerns for some forage producers this season. Some helpful tips for weed management in forages are presented in a simple/straight-forward fashion for your convenience.

May 17, 2017

Now that spring is upon us and pastures across the state have grown to an adequate height to begin grazing, it is important to remember to keep an eye on residue heights to eliminate over-grazing and the problems that occur as a result.

May 4, 2017

“This is the time of year when you start to notice poison hemlock in your pastures or along fence rows and roadsides. Best management practices should take place before it flowers, produces more seed, and continues to spread”.

December 22, 2016

Internal parasites have been an issue in sheep production for a long time.

December 19, 2016

Make use of the data provided by National Sheep Improvement Program to help make management decisions for your flock.

October 5, 2016

The June 2013 Scrapie Free Flock Certification Program (SFCP) standards have been updated and are now available. A brief summary of the major updates to the program are also available.

October 4, 2016

Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. Each year approximately 10% of U.S. farm deaths are in Pennsylvania. Do your part and make your farm as safe as possible.

August 10, 2016

Hot dry summers can be the worst enemy of high quality productive pastures. Dry weather often results in over grazing, and before you know it, grass and broadleaf weeds have replaced desired species.

August 1, 2016

Lost opportunities are areas that can be tweaked to further improve production or performance. Take a few minutes to look through your management plan to identify areas that could be fine tuned to help increase the profitability of your operation.

August 1, 2016

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

July 27, 2016

Lack of rain and high-ish temperatures are impacting crops in several counties. A question more and more farmers are asking lately is something like – “What must I do if I suspect a crop loss on crop insurance covered acres?”

July 27, 2016

Producers needing extra forage should take a look at the yields and quality Penn State has been getting with grasses and cover crops planted in September.

July 27, 2016

Although it is tempting to open the paddock gates and let livestock graze where and what they can find, maintaining a managed grazing system and keeping animals off scorched forages can be the key to healthy pastures in the fall and next spring.

May 24, 2016

The spread of multiflora rose in Pennsylvania has caused it to be designated as a noxious weed. Multiflora rose can be controlled but it takes considerable effort.

March 30, 2016

Managing when and where livestock graze can have lasting positive effects on pasture productivity.

March 30, 2016

Springtime brings on many questions in regards to restoring pastures that are weather beaten after winter.