Penn State Dairy Extension is offering a new online tool to help dairy producers better manage feed costs during the current economic downturn.
At this time of year, vegetation is bursting in to bloom. We notice the bright colors of showy flowers, watch busy pollinators, and pay attention to the changing landscape as everything softens from winter's hard edges. We tend to notice the "big" and the "bright," but what about the less showy flowers?
Wildfire is not something most Pennsylvanians think about often. Most of the time, Pennsylvania's forests seem comprised of asbestos. However, in the spring a fall, for a few short weeks, Pennsylvania's woodlands are at risk from wildfire. Learn about to become FireWise about your home and woodland setting.
That old saying, “What goes up must come down,” has been proven to be true yet again.
The time is right to review the concerns with ammonia emissions and the particular role of livestock in the global context of anthropogenic air pollution.
Genomic sire evaluations were released for the first time in January. Many people believe this will have the largest impact on genetic improvement programs since the advent of frozen semen.
The energy site has undergone massive reconstruction over the past several months with the new theme of "Coping with High Energy Prices."
Penn State Dairy Alliance is currently forming discussion groups for dairy producers in southcentral and southwestern Pennsylvania who want an opportunity to meet regularly so they may network and learn from each other.
Many forest owners know what it's like to lose trees to theft. This article is about finding one thief still at work on your trees - the porcupine - and what you can do about it.
By Tom Murphy, Education Educator
Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM), a bacterium Taylorella equigenitalis, is considered a foreign animal disease that occurs in breeding populations in various countries in the world.
With all the talk about electricity prices increasing when the rate caps expire within the next year or two, you may be tempted to consider generating your own electricity. After all, you probably already have a back-up generation system to provide electricity during blackout periods.
On occasion we receive inquires about the effect of phytoestrogens on reproductive performance of cattle. There have been a few reports from nutrition consultants and veterinarians working with well managed herds which experienced a sudden decline in reproductive performance for no obvious reason but when forages suspected to have high concentrations of phytoestrogens were removed from the ration performance improved. It is difficult to find well controlled studies which document how widespread this condition might be. However there are some good review articles describing the effect of phytoestrogens on sheep and cattle.
The adoption and evolution of milking cows without regular intervention by humans (robotic milking, automatic milking, voluntary milking…) is progressing in the US. The Pennsylvania dairy industry, lead by innovative and courageous farmers is participating in this pioneering activity. The questions as to “will robots work?” or “can they reliably identify, prepare and milk cows without human intervention?” are regularly being answered and demonstrated on several farms in Pennsylvania.
At the recent Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop, Dr. Nigel Cook from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin presented results of on-going research into the daily time budgets of cows. Their studies use video surveillance to determine how cows spend their time and how management practices and facility designs influence cow behavior. The findings are summarized in this article.
By Robin Kulek, Extension Educator