Today’s horse owner provides adequate training for horse and rider, proper equipment, balanced nutritional needs of the horse, and stabling facilities. Missing is fire prevention and the course of action to take in case of fire. We receive the best available instruction in equitation, but few have any idea of how to react in a disaster situation such as fire.
Years ago, Ross Perot made famous the saying, “A giant sucking sound.” Well, that “giant sucking sound” you heard in September was landmen with their leases and money leaving PA! Land leasing for natural gas exploration in the Marcellus Shale areas has apparently ended.
I have had the privilege to visit numerous dairy herds which consistently achieve high milk production and excellent reproductive performance. This article lists the major common characteristics among these herds.
Although this may not be a fun thing to do in a year like this, NOT knowing how bad it was is worse than knowing.
We are all aware of the recent passage of Proposition 2 which banned the use of veal crates, battery cages, and gestation crates in California. Tie-stalls for dairy cows may not be far behind if the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has its way.
Researchers from the United Kingdom recently studied the impact of milk replacer feeding rate and protein concentration on animal performance through the second lactation.
Providing a dry comfortable resting area for dairy cattle is essential to their health.
See the Specht Report at http://dasweb.psu.edu/bullrank.
Dr. Michael O’Connor’s retirement at the end of December will mark the conclusion of a career that has significantly impacted Pennsylvania dairy producers.
When it is very cold, horses will reduce their water consumption and be at risk of colic.
Pennsylvania has had a very wet fall, and owners of horses kept in wet, humid areas have reported seeing rain rot or “dermatophilosis.”
Neglect is the worst thing that happens to the horse during the winter months. Most horses are turned out to pasture and we only see them in the dark at feeding time. In the summer months, it is easy to provide loving care for the horse, when we are riding every day and want to make certain the horse is fit and in good health.
Two years after the last U.S. horse slaughter plant ceased operations, the government wants to look into the implications the closures have had on horse welfare. Congress has requested the Government Accountability Office to study the issue and report its findings by March 1, 2010.
Hay is the most important part of the horse’s diet and makes up 50-100% of the horse’s diet. It is the best source of energy, protein, vitamins, minerals and, most importantly, fiber that is necessary for normal gut function in the horse. The quality of hay varies considerably between different loads of hay.
A drug commonly used to treat cattle and sometimes dogs for a blood parasite, can eliminate the parasite Babesia caballi from horses, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
Summary all of equine disease outbreaks throughout the world during the 2009 year.
Commonly known as Rhinopneumonitis or "Rhino", Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) has many different types and is best known by horse owners to cause respiratory disease and abortions.
Now is the time to start making your plans for attending winter meetings and conferences. Penn State Extension and other organizations are offering opportunities to learn about a wide range of topics in sustainable agriculture. There are Extension classes on urban farming, pasture management and intensive grazing, small acreage homesteading, dairy basics for farmstead and artisan processors, business and marketing skills, and resources for farm start-ups. Check out our calendar for detailed listings.
The winter season of conferences and meetings is well underway. Check the calendar to learn about the upcoming sustainable agriculture events held by Penn State Extension and other organizations around the state. Many classes have been scheduled for the spring as well.