Genetic practices to improve: Beef cattle reproduction

By Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky

Reproduction has a great impact on the profitability of beef cattle producers and is therefore an important consideration when making genetic management decisions. Due to the low heritability of most reproductive traits many producers feel there is little that can be done through genetic management and rely solely on other management practices such as health programs and nutrition management.  While nutrition and health are critical to good reproductive rates, this publication will focus on genetic practices that can have a positive impact on reproduction.

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Horse racing threatened in Pennsylvania

CDM-MR-1-HORSE-RACING-11by Hope Holland

During the last week of October Gov. Tom Wolf threatened to halt horse racing at all of Pennsylvania’s six tracks by Oct. 30, if the racing industry doesn’t agree to pay an approximate $9 million for drug testing. The tracks included cover three Thoroughbred racing tracks: Parx Casino and Racing in Bensalem, Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie and Penn National. Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Race Track in Chester, The Meadows Casino in Washington and the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, all of which feature harness racing, make up the other three of the six tracks involved. [Read more…]

Penn State students earn top National Dairy Shrine Scholarships

CDM-MR-1-DAIRY-SHRINE-011Seven Penn State Dairy Science Club members received National Dairy Shrine scholarships awarded at the annual banquet during the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI. Two members won two awards; five others received single scholarships, and the total was impressive – the most ever for students from Penn State.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Dairy Science, said, “We are so proud of our students and congratulate them on the fine showing in this prestigious scholarship program. It is a testament to their hard work and their strong preparation that they have done so well. These scholarships are extremely important to the students as they prepare for the future, recognizing and supporting their passion for the dairy industry.” [Read more…]

Canola meal in dairy cow diets: A new perspective

by Tamara Scully

With “millions of metric tons” of canola meal going into the dairy industry, there must be some value to the product. Farmers, by observation, have for years claimed that canola meal is a good source of protein, and readily replaces soy in the dairy cow diet, according to Dr. Essi Evans, of Technical Advisory Services, Inc, in a presentation at the recent 2015 Cornell Nutrition Conference. [Read more…]

Giant pumpkins and watermelons compete at State Fair

CM-NC-2-GIANTS-STATE-FAI#CC1RALEIGH, NC — A 948-pound pumpkin grown by Gail Newsom in Pinnacle and a 302-pound watermelon grown by Chris “Superman” Kent from Sevierville, TN took the top prizes in the Great Pumpkin and Watermelon Weigh-Off at the NC State Fair. This event is sanctioned by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, an international organization that promotes growing giant vegetables. [Read more…]