Internal parasites have been an issue in sheep production for a long time. As producers, we all strive to prevent parasite infections as much as possible, but one avenue that many of us have overlooked is the opportunity to utilize EBV (Estimated Breeding Values) data generated through NSIP, the National Sheep Improvement Program, to help promote genetic resistance to parasites.
Make use of the data provided by National Sheep Improvement Program to help make management decisions for your flock.
Enacted to further improve the safety of our food supply, these laws will impact most farms.
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.
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.
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.
A long-term grazing study shows the advantage of a diversified mix of pasture plant species.
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.
Utilize EBV (Estimated Breeding Value) data generated through the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP), to help promote genetic resistance to parasites.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
Managing when and where livestock graze can have lasting positive effects on pasture productivity.
Springtime brings on many questions in regards to restoring pastures that are weather beaten after winter.
Here you will find common techniques producers use to keep their animals healthy and avoid having to treat them.
Frost Seeding for Pasture Renovation-If stands are thin, consider frost seeding as an option to thicken your pasture.
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.
Pennsylvania agriculture is under pressure to reduce nutrient deposition in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Given current nutrient management regulations and restrictions, there are areas in Eastern Pennsylvania where available manure nutrients exceed those that can be applied as fertilizer to local crops. It seems logical that the region of Pennsylvania outside the Chesapeake Bay watershed should be part of a serious discussion for future livestock expansion.
That old, low quality hay crop has value!