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Grow-finish pigs, photo credit: Elizabeth Hines
Keeping Pigs Cool in the Summer Heat - Articles Articles
Practicing some seasonal tips along with good husbandry can reduce the impact of heat stress on swine herd performance. More
Have a Horse or Steer in Your Backyard? You Need a Manure Management Plan
Have a Horse or Steer in Your Backyard? You Need a Manure Management Plan - Articles Articles
Recently revised Pennsylvania environmental regulations require all animal operations, large and small, to have either a Manure Management Plan or a Nutrient Management Plan. More
Paddock with Run-in shed
Horse Farm Design: An Agricultural Engineering Approach - Articles Articles

Horse Farm Design: An Agricultural Engineering Approach

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Research-based information for the planning and construction of well-designed equestrian facilities. More
Resources for Ventilation of Livestock Housing
Resources for Ventilation of Livestock Housing - Articles Articles

Resources for Ventilation of Livestock Housing

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Information on Ventilation systems available at Penn State More
Rotational Grazing, photo by Carey Williams
How to Make Rotational Grazing Work on Your Horse Farm - Articles Articles
Rotational grazing can provide more feed for your horses than continuous grazing- but only if you know how to do it right. More
Photo credit: Dan McFarland
Is Calving Stressful in Dairy Cows? - Articles Articles

Is Calving Stressful in Dairy Cows?

Adrian A Barragan, DVM, MS, Ph.D.

Pain, inflammation, and stress during the transition period can negatively affect the well-being and performance of dairy cows during early lactation. More
Photo credit: MC1 Daniel Hinton, USN (6), flicr.com
Antibiotic Stewardship: Can It Really Save Your Dairy Money? - Articles Articles
Improving animal health offers a rewarding way to reduce antibiotic use. More
Photo credit: Shannon Wingert
Recognizing Mental Health Disorders - Articles Articles
Information on how to recognize signs of poor mental health and resources for help and support. More
Photo credit: Mat Haan
Dairy Sense: Feed Costs—The Big Player in Profitability - Articles Articles
Keeping feed costs in line with milk production can help you maintain a competitive margin, and there are several ways to achieve this goal. More
Photo credit: Dan McFarland
Pre-Fresh, Maternity and Post-Fresh Space: Getting the Numbers Right - Articles Articles
Nutrition, health care, and environment provided during the transition period have a tremendous influence on cow health and performance well into the next lactation. More
Photo credit: Coleen Jones
Dairy Sense: Managing Family Living Expenses - Articles Articles
Taking an owner draw that exceeds milk income can create financial strain. Here's a simple method to calculate what the operation can cover for family living expenses. More
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Dairy Outlook: June 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: June 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Milk price continued slow climb, but milk margins remain tight. Current tumultuous environment in global trade may limit long term progress. More
Tall Fescue poses a threat to grazing broodmares. Photo: Danielle N. Smarsh, Ph.D
Tall Fescue: Potential Problem for Pregnant Broodmares - Articles Articles
While tall fescue is not harmful to most horses, pregnant broodmares can develop fescue toxicosis if they eat endophyte-infected tall fescue. More
Overgrazing pastures compromises pasture production and exposes the soil to erosion
Avoid Overgrazing Your Pastures - Articles Articles

Avoid Overgrazing Your Pastures

Justin Brackenrich, Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

The summer is upon us and cool season grasses are slowing down their growth. This is the time to pay attention so you don’t overgraze those pastures. More
Red Holstein dairy cow
Animal Welfare Objectives for Dairy Facility Design - Articles Articles

Animal Welfare Objectives for Dairy Facility Design

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

This article provides a simplified context for animal welfare in relation to engineering design features of dairy housing. More
Hairy vetch, rye, annual ryegrass, and clover cover crop being grazed. Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State University
Grazing Crop Residues and Cover Crops - Articles Articles

Grazing Crop Residues and Cover Crops

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Grazing has been largely excluded from our croplands but is receiving new interest as an additional profit center for farmers as well as a way to improve soil. More
Lameness in Dairy Herds - Part 2: Sorting Out Common Causes
Lameness in Dairy Herds - Part 2: Sorting Out Common Causes - Articles Articles
Lameness is a significant problem in many of today’s dairy herds, although it is often not recognized as such. More
David Swartz, Penn State
Dairy Outlook: May 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: May 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Long term survival of a dairy operation will hinge on management’s ability to find ways to push the cost of production below $17.50/cwt while maintaining some level of reinvestment in the operation. More
Use Personal Gas Monitors to Avoid Exposure to Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide
Use Personal Gas Monitors to Avoid Exposure to Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide - Articles Articles

Use Personal Gas Monitors to Avoid Exposure to Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide

Dan Hofstetter, Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D., Michael Pate, Ph.D.

Gas monitoring is always recommended when working around toxic gases such as hydrogen sulfide. Fortunately, affordable portable personal gas monitors are available for on-farm use. More
Animal Welfare in Dairy System Design
Animal Welfare in Dairy System Design - Articles Articles
Modern dairy shelters provide the five freedoms of animal welfare that are essential to cow comfort and animal husbandry. More
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Dairy Sense: The “Other” Enterprise on Dairies - Articles Articles
If forage needs for the herd are being met, crop sales may offer an additional revenue stream for dairy farms. More
Registros Escritos a Mano Para las Vacas de Transición
Registros Escritos a Mano Para las Vacas de Transición - Articles Articles

Registros Escritos a Mano Para las Vacas de Transición

Mauricio Rosales, Adrian A Barragan, DVM, MS, Ph.D.

Precisos registros de salud y producción ayudan a los productores a tomar decisiones importantes y pueden ser una herramienta eficaz. Se incluye un modelo de plantilla para registros escritos a mano. More
Handwritten Records, An Important Tool to Monitor Health in Transition Cows
Handwritten Records, An Important Tool to Monitor Health in Transition Cows - Articles Articles

Handwritten Records, An Important Tool to Monitor Health in Transition Cows

Mauricio Rosales, Adrian A Barragan, DVM, MS, Ph.D.

Accurate health and production records help producers make meaningful decisions and can be a powerful tool. Includes a template for handwritten records. More
Photo credit: Amber Yutzy
Winning the Battle of Subclinical Mastitis Detection - Articles Articles
Lost milk yield and reduced milk quality (high somatic cell count) make undetected subclinical mastitis very costly. Early detection pays dividends. More
Photo by Lynn Betts, USDA NRCS
Dairy Sense: Fixing Broken Financials - Articles Articles
Troubleshooting financials begins with evaluating liquidity, solvency, efficiency and profitability. This will require updating the income statement, cash flow and balance sheets. More
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