Nutrition and Feed Management

Information to help manage dairy and meat goat nutrition, including resources on feed analysis and forage quality. Tips on estimating water needs, avoiding poison ivy and multiflora rose and managing warm-season annual in a grazing system.

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Photo: M. Barkley, Penn State University
Meat Goat Production & Management Home Study Course - Workshops Workshops
Interested in running a meat goat operation? Meat Goat Production & Management Home Study Course is for beginning producers and a great review for seasoned producers. More
Grazing Warm-Season Annuals
Grazing Warm-Season Annuals - Webinars Webinars

Grazing Warm-Season Annuals

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This webinar discusses the role and management of warm-season annuals in a grazing system. More
Preventive Controls for Animal Feed
Preventive Controls for Animal Feed - Workshops Workshops

Preventive Controls for Animal Feed


Dauphin, PA

Provides the credentials to meet FDA requirements for development and implementation of a preventive system for food safety as stated within the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. More
St. Croix sheep have shown resistance to parasites and tolerance to hot weather. Photo by ARS.
Prevent Parasites Through Grazing Management - Articles Articles
Grazing management and genetic selection can help your flock minimize the impact of parasites. More
Determining Forage Quality: Understanding Feed Analysis
Determining Forage Quality: Understanding Feed Analysis - Articles Articles
Learn how to use feed analysis to determine forage quality, and exactly what feeding a high quality forage means. More
Poison hemlock in the spring time along a fencerow. Image from Ohio State University.
Livestock Producers Should Recognize and Manage Poison Hemlock - News News
“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
Photo: Charles T. Bryson, USDA Agricultural Research Service, eastern poison-ivy Toxicodendron radicans
Poison-Ivy - Articles Articles


Tim Abbey

Poison-ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is a native woody, perennial vine. More
Toxic Weed: Milkweed
Toxic Weed: Milkweed - Articles Articles
Primary toxin, galitoxin, is found in all vegetative parts of the plant. Toxins known as cardenolides may be responsible for digitalis-like signs that cause or contribute to death. More
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) in Animal Production and Human Health
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) in Animal Production and Human Health - Articles Articles
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) occurs naturally in ruminant milk fat and meat, but diet changes can affect the amounts. More
Cattle grazing in the Bighorn National Forest. Picture shown with permission of Pearson Real Estate, Buffalo, WY.
Silvopasture Could Work on Your Farm - Articles Articles
Silvopasture is the integration of trees, livestock, and forage crops together on the same land to create dual income from timber and livestock. More
Blooming multiflora rose in a pasture.
Multiflora Rose Control in Pastures - Articles Articles
The spread of multiflora rose in PA caused it to be designated as a noxious weed. Multiflora rose can be controlled but it takes considerable effort. More
Dairy Goat
Dairy Goat Production - Articles Articles

Dairy Goat Production

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Dairy goat production is an alternative livestock enterprise suitable for many small-scale or part-time livestock operations. More
Goats grazing in a forest.
Silvopasture - Articles Articles
New York State Senate recently voted to add silvopasturing, raising livestock and poultry in woodlots, to the state’s agricultural assessment program. More
Water System Planning: Estimating Water Needs
Water System Planning: Estimating Water Needs - Articles Articles

Water System Planning: Estimating Water Needs

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Find out how to estimate homeowner or farmer water needs and calculate how much water must be delivered from a private water supply to meet these needs. More