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Information on beef cattle health, including hoof health, colostrum and weaning, toxic weeds, Johne’s Disease, foot and mouth disease, heat and cold stress and vaccines. Tips on bison production, nitrate toxicity and livestock transportation.

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Poison hemlock in the spring time along a fencerow. Image from Ohio State University.
Livestock Producers Should Recognize and Manage Poison Hemlock - Articles Articles

Livestock Producers Should Recognize and Manage Poison Hemlock

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

“This is the time of year when you start to notice poison hemlock. Best management practices should take place before it flowers, produces more seed, and continues to spread”. More
Fall Means Time to Wean for Most Pennsylvania Beef Producers
Fall Means Time to Wean for Most Pennsylvania Beef Producers - Articles Articles
Choose the weaning protocol that best matches your management style and facilities. This choice can make a big difference in the stress levels of your cows, your calves and you. More
Animal Welfare Officer Training
Animal Welfare Officer Training - Workshops Workshops
Animal Welfare Officer Training is a two-day, research-based workshop on proven animal handling and slaughter practices in a practical interactive format. More
Grass Tetany Can Be a Killer
Grass Tetany Can Be a Killer - Articles Articles
Early spring when the grass is growing is a dangerous time in pastures because of the hidden danger of grass tetany. More
Photo: John and Katie Dawes
Beef Summer Field Day - Workshops Workshops
Save this date for the beef summer field day. More
Adapted from John Herrick, Iowa State University, Extension Veterinarian
Cold Stress and Beef Cattle - Articles Articles
Be prepared to handle and transport cattle appropriately in cold weather. The cold, wet and wind of winter weather present a different set of challenges. More
Calf fitted with a device to keep it from nursing it's dam.
Reducing Stress at Weaning - Articles Articles
Ensuring your calves are healthy, by reducing stress, will improve their performance in the feedlot and improve your relationship with your buyers. More
Beef Production and Management
Beef Production and Management - Online Courses Online Courses

Beef Production and Management

7

19 hours

$199.00
This online course about raising beef cattle covers breeds, establishing facilities, nutrition and reproduction, and marketing and finances. More
Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture
Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture - Articles Articles

Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture

Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH

The first of a two part series about agroterrorism More
Biosecurity Overview
Biosecurity Overview - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Overview

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Farm Biosecurity: Management practices to minimize or prevent the transmission of disease within and between herds and flocks. More
Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors
Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors - Articles Articles
A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk of individuals to dairy herds. More
Biosecurity Fundamentals
Biosecurity Fundamentals - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Fundamentals

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH

The basics of disease biosecurity, why a biosecurity plan should be implemented, and how to get a plan in motion. More
Livestock Transportation
Livestock Transportation - Videos Videos

Livestock Transportation

Robert E. Mikesell, Dr. Elizabeth Santini

3:26

How to safely move between facilities, to another farm or to a livestock market, during livestock transportation. More
cows
Cattle Euthanasia - Videos Videos

Cattle Euthanasia

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

6:04

This video will help the viewer determine the most ideal time for euthanasia, and instruction on how to choose and perform appropriate euthanasia techniques. More
Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) - Risk posed by the importation of meat (beef) Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) - Risk posed by the importation of meat (beef) - Articles
What is the risk of importing Food and Mouth Disease in imported beef? More
Note: everyone is wearing protective booties in an effort to minimize biosecurity risk
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Livestock Exhibitions - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Livestock Exhibitions

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, David R. Wolfgang, VMD, MPH DABVP-Dairy

A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk at Livestock Exhibitions. More
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

Biosecurity is a series of measures implemented to prevent or reduce the introduction and spread of infectious disease pathogens. The provided checklists help determine the biosecurity risk of individuals and animals. More
Photo credit: Amber Yutzy
Prevention and Control of Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle - Articles Articles

Prevention and Control of Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle

Richard S. Adams, Thomas R. McCarty, Lawrence J. Hutchinson

Examines the complex factors that contribute to nitrate toxicity and provides recommendations for testing and feeding forages with high nitrate content. More
Mold and Mycotoxin Problems in Livestock Feeding
Mold and Mycotoxin Problems in Livestock Feeding - Articles Articles
This article explores effects of mycotoxins on animals, testing feeds for toxins, dealing with contaminated feeds, and limiting mycotoxin production. More
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm - Articles Articles

Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Information about disinfectants commonly used on the farm for disease control. More
Biosecurity - A Practical Approach
Biosecurity - A Practical Approach - Articles Articles

Biosecurity - A Practical Approach

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Biosecurity is a set of practices employed to prevent the importation of infectious organisms into a herd or flock, and their transmission between animals. More
Johne's Disease Contacts Johne's Disease Contacts - Articles

Johne's Disease Contacts

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Contact information for various people involved with Johne's Disease efforts in Pennsylvania. More
Johne's Certified Veterinarian Training
Johne's Certified Veterinarian Training - Articles Articles

Johne's Certified Veterinarian Training

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, David Zellner

Two options exist for recertification of Johne's Certified Veterinarians. More
Johne's Disease Herd Certification
Johne's Disease Herd Certification - Articles Articles
A systematic process exists for recognizing participation in and testing for Johne's Disease in cattle herds in Pennsylvania. More
Compost pile. Photo by Craig Williams
Composting Animal Mortalities - Articles Articles

Composting Animal Mortalities

David R. Wolfgang, VMD, MPH DABVP-Dairy

Despite the best intentions and care in animal agricultural facilities there are occasional animal mortalities. More
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