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Margins and Cash Flow Impacted Herds Differently - Articles Articles

Margins and Cash Flow Impacted Herds Differently

Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Good decisions can only be made when a farm’s breakeven margin is known and monitored. More
Small Ruminant Housing: Proper Airflow is Important
Small Ruminant Housing: Proper Airflow is Important - Articles Articles
When winter and cold weather arrive goats and sheep spend more time indoors. With this change in management comes needed attention to airflow and adequate ventilation of animal housing. More
Horse Health Symposium
Horse Health Symposium - Workshops Workshops

Horse Health Symposium

01/26/2019

Boalsburg, PA

$35.00
Learn more about how to maintain a healthy horse. More
Modern poultry barns often have two, and sometimes three, sets of fresh air ventilation inlets that are specialized for conditions ranging from cold, to mild and hot weather. [image source: Eileen Fabian]
Key Aspects of Inlets for Mechanical Ventilation of Poultry Housing - Articles Articles

Key Aspects of Inlets for Mechanical Ventilation of Poultry Housing

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

Inlets are perhaps the most important part of the ventilation system for maintaining uniformly comfortable and healthy conditions around the poultry house. More
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Simplify Your Financial Records Process - Articles Articles

Simplify Your Financial Records Process

Robert C. Goodling, Jr.

There is great potential in using software to help manage and decipher a business’ financial data. There are key concepts agricultural businesses can consider to simplify the process. 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
Corn field, photo by Elizabeth Hines
Mycotoxins and Their Effect on Poultry and Swine Production - Articles Articles
Feed grains contaminated by mycotoxins hurt feed quality and are detrimental to production in poultry and swine. Some key mycotoxins can induce differential impacts on poultry and swine production performance. More
"Fall Inspirations" by Erin Goodling
Dairy Outlook: November 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: November 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Milk prices appear to be starting a slow, methodical climb. Feed costs remain in flux with harvest and quality uncertainties. More
Figure 1. Cool-season perennials are the mainstay of pastured dairies in the Northeast. Credit: Sjoerd Duiker
No-Till Annuals to Beat the Summer Slump on a Dairy Farm - Articles Articles

No-Till Annuals to Beat the Summer Slump on a Dairy Farm

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, Dave Wilson, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

This case study demonstrates how a grazing dairy farmer in southeastern Pennsylvania beats the summer slump with cool- and warm-season annuals established with no-till practices. More
Posts between the oat and annual strip create a fence between strips that are grazed and strips with grain crops. Photo by Sjoerd Duiker
Integrating Grazing in No-Till Systems on a Grain Farm - Articles Articles

Integrating Grazing in No-Till Systems on a Grain Farm

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

The adoption of no-tillage systems in Pennsylvania creates opportunities to graze after harvest. This case study examines the integration of grazing and no-tillage on a grain farm. More
Benchmark Group: Activity Systems
Benchmark Group: Activity Systems - Workshops Workshops

Benchmark Group: Activity Systems

01/30/2019

Reinholds, PA

Free
This Benchmark Group will provide an opportunity for dairy farmers currently using activity systems on their farms to share their experience with the technology and learn best management practices from their peers. More
Figure 1: Well-managed perennial pasture can be a highly sustainable form of land use. Photo by Sjoerd Duiker
Plant Diversity to Extend the Grazing Season - Articles Articles

Plant Diversity to Extend the Grazing Season

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This case study shows how a farmer in northwestern Pennsylvania is using annuals and perennials to expand his grazing season while managing for reduced inputs and improved soil health through integration of grazing and no-tillage. More
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Dairy Sense: Milk Income and Ration Perspective for Milk Fat - Articles Articles
A balance between components and volume may be the best strategy to optimize milk income. More
Photo credit: Adrian Barragan
Train Farm Personnel for Better Animal Health and Fertility - Articles Articles
Training farm personnel has positive impacts on animal well-being and performance, thus increasing overall farm profitability. More
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Dairy Sense: Preparing for Mycotoxin Problems - Articles Articles
Uncooperative weather patterns can increase the occurrence of molds and mycotoxins. Minimize their growth in storage by proper management of harvest, storage, and feed out. More
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Management Opportunities During Challenging Times - Workshops Workshops

Management Opportunities During Challenging Times

01/11/2019

Grove City, PA

Free
The discussion will focus on topics requested by the group. It will provide an opportunity to share strategies, experiences, and ideas with peers regarding dairy management during challenging times. More
Raising Small Groups of Pigs
Raising Small Groups of Pigs - Articles Articles

Raising Small Groups of Pigs

Elizabeth Hines, Michael Fournier

Beginners in personal meat production and homesteading may be interested in raising swine. More
Grazing Corn Stalks with Beef Cattle
Grazing Corn Stalks with Beef Cattle - Articles Articles

Grazing Corn Stalks with Beef Cattle

Tiago Brandao Freitas, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Tara L. Felix

Feeding stored feeds in winter months is a major cost of beef cow-calf and backgrounding operations. Extending the grazing season by grazing corn crop residue may be an economically viable option for beef producers in Pennsylvania. More
Horses Grazing - Donna Foulk
Event to Highlight Information on Equine Research - News News
Dr. Burt Staniar of Penn State will deliver the keynote presentation about the equine gut and fiber relationship at the "Evening of Science and Celebration" event at Rutgers University on November 8. More
Photo by Danielle Smarsh
Why You Should Soil Test Your Pastures in Fall 2018 - News News
Excessive rainfall this summer encouraged grass to stay green when it would normally go dormant. Therefore, you may need to replenish soil nutrients to ensure adequate growth in the spring. More
Sheep
The Next Steps in Raising Sheep or Goats - Workshops Workshops
Fencing, Feeding, Nutrition, Grazing and Selecting a Startup Flock or Herd will be covered in this session of the North Central, PA Small Ruminant Series. More
Horse Hay - Danielle N. Smarsh, Ph.D.
Mold and Mycotoxins in Horse Hay - Articles Articles
Hay with a high moisture content is at risk for developing mold. There are a variety of health risks for horses that consume moldy hay. More
Knowing your feed source is imperative. Corn field at harvest, Iowa. Photo: E.Hines
African Swine Fever Update: Biosecurity is the Key - Articles Articles
China continues to see losses and there is still no vaccine available. Practicing biosecurity on your farm is the current best recommendation to keep your pigs healthy. More
Yogurt Dairy Refrigerator-2722678 by Albany Colley. Pixabay.com. CC0
Dairy Outlook: October 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: October 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Current dairy markets are hinting at potential gradual increase in milk price into 2019. Global trade volatility continues to hinder widespread optimism. More
Cell-culture Technology and Potential Impacts on Livestock Production
Cell-culture Technology and Potential Impacts on Livestock Production - News News
Cell-culture based production of meat is expanding in the food industry. Understand the potential impacts to your herd to prepare for this new frontier in meat production. More
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