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Working with Plain Sect Growers
Working with Plain Sect Growers - Articles Articles

Working with Plain Sect Growers

Jeffrey Stoltzfus

Learn about the culture and practices of the plain sect community, and take away methods for successfully working with this increasing population of farmers. More
Photo credit: Andrew Sandeen
Risk Management for Reproduction Programs - Articles Articles
Risk management must address big-picture financial aspects; however, it is also relevant to specific areas of management, such as reproduction. More
Various gourds and squash in bins after harvest. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (cbf.org)
Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) - Articles Articles

Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Jeffrey Stoltzfus, Lee Stivers

Minimizing farm food safety risks are discussed along with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension contacts for information on FSMA food safety inspections and USDA audits. More
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The Fat in Different Dairy Products - Articles Articles
Learn about the impact milk fat has on human health and how it differs between various dairy products. More
Penn State Extension Helps Growers Comply with FSMA Regulations
Penn State Extension Helps Growers Comply with FSMA Regulations - News News
Educators are available to consult with growers on their farm operations at no-cost to the grower and help them to see how close they are to meeting the new regulatory requirements. More
Why Cows Don't Get Pregnant
Why Cows Don't Get Pregnant - Articles Articles

Why Cows Don't Get Pregnant

Andrew Sandeen

Dairy cows don't always conceive after the first insemination attempt. There are a variety of causes that may contribute to conception failure. More
Photo credit: Andrew Sandeen
More Progesterone, Please - Articles Articles

More Progesterone, Please

Andrew Sandeen

Progesterone is essential for normal reproductive cycling; it inhibits estrus and controls follicle growth. But, some high-producing dairy cows have too little in circulation. More
Characteristics of the Bovine Estrous Cycle
Characteristics of the Bovine Estrous Cycle - Videos Videos
This video introduces some of the key characteristics of the estrous cycle in cattle. More
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Is 60 the Magic Number? - Articles Articles

Is 60 the Magic Number?

Andrew Sandeen

Factors to consider before shifting voluntary waiting period or dry period length. More
Ephraim by his tomatoes in his storage facility.
On the Road: Sunrise Acres Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: Sunrise Acres Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Jeffrey Stoltzfus, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We visited with Ephraim Zook at his farm in Ephrata, PA. Ephraim has been farming vegetables on 60 acres since 2000. More
Minimizing Interservice Intervals
Minimizing Interservice Intervals - Videos Videos

Minimizing Interservice Intervals

Andrew Sandeen

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This video defines interservice intervals and provides suggestions for how to improve them to maximize reproductive efficiency and dairy herd profitability. More
Predicting Pregnancy Loss
Predicting Pregnancy Loss - Articles Articles

Predicting Pregnancy Loss

Andrew Sandeen

Diagnosing pregnancy early identifies open cows and can help minimize days open and increase profitability, but losing confirmed pregnancies can be very frustrating. More
Food is a central part of life in every culture. And eating with others is meaningful. The foods may be different, such as this ugali (corn porridge) and dried fish from Tanzania, but the significance of eating together isn’t.
Making the Most of Cross-Cultural Encounters - Articles Articles
Understanding differences between cultures can provide helpful insight for situations encountered everywhere in our increasingly global society, including common encounters on U.S. farms. More
Dealing with the Stubborn Corpus Luteum (CL) During a Timed AI Program
Dealing with the Stubborn Corpus Luteum (CL) During a Timed AI Program - Articles Articles
Some of the latest, greatest timed artificial insemination (AI) protocols have become pretty complex, but not without valid reasons. More
Cyclicity in Dairy Cows: Postpartum Blues
Cyclicity in Dairy Cows: Postpartum Blues - Articles Articles
Ovulation is the critical event that must function correctly and be responded to in a timely manner in to establish a new pregnancy. More
Cyclicity in Dairy Cows: Defining the Issue
Cyclicity in Dairy Cows: Defining the Issue - Articles Articles
Open cows that aren't cycling normally can hamper successful reproduction. More
A Long-Term Mindset for Reproductive Management
A Long-Term Mindset for Reproductive Management - Articles Articles
As we look at reproductive management and its impact on overall success of a dairy operation, it is clearly a critical component. More
Use of Activity Monitors to Predict Ovulation and Get Cows Pregnant
Use of Activity Monitors to Predict Ovulation and Get Cows Pregnant - Articles Articles
Activity monitors may consistently predict ovulation and pinpoint the perfect time to breed cows. More
Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
Trouble-shooting Infertility Problems in Cattle - Articles Articles
This article examines problem areas related to anestrus, repeat breeding, pregnancy loss, and postpartum disorders. More