The Saturday before Thanksgiving, over 150 people descended on Shenandoah Valley Simmentals for Lisa Zirkle’s eighth annual production sale. The Shenandoah’s Shining Stars Bull Sale featured 71 bulls and 5 females, almost entirely purebreds from the herd Zirkle has developed since the mid-1970’s, along with some SimAngusTM. Buyers from a half a dozen states were in attendance, with buyers as far away as the Great Plains participating in the video auction. [Read more…]
“Climate is an issue when it comes to managing animals,” Michael Westendorf, Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science at Rutgers University, said in a recent webinar presentation.
Every species handles temperature extremes in a different manner. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Beef producers saw some of the drugs they use fall under the veterinary feed directive (VFD) on Oct. 15, but on Jan. 1, the final rule will be in full effect.
Dr. Doug Hufstedler, nutrition and beef advisor at Elanco Animal Health, provides some background on the VFD that will affect producers in just a few weeks. [Read more…]
The list of names reads like a list of who’s who in agriculture, an assortment of names from across the country; all of whom have been deeply involved in some form of agriculture for most of their lives. The list is the recently named Agricultural Advisory Committee, formed by President-elect Donald Trump to pioneer new ideas that will strengthen the nation’s ag industry and support rural communities. [Read more…]
Grazing cows is a requirement for organic milk producers. Organic milk must come from cows that receive no less than 30 percent of their dry matter intake (DMI) from pasture forage during the grazing season, and are actively grazing on pasture for at least 120 days, or as long as possible in the region. Feeding grain is allowed. [Read more…]
HARRISBURG, PA — The discovery of the Spotted Lanternfly in 25 additional municipalities across southeastern Pennsylvania is cause for vigilance, but not alarm, said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding, who emphasized the importance of citizen engagement in the ongoing effort to contain and eradicate this invasive species. [Read more…]
Five students representing Penn State’s Department of Animal Science participated in the 14th Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge hosted by SUNY Cobleskill at Glens Falls, NY on Nov. 3-5. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Dairy farmers typically plant designated acreage in corn for silage each year, with seed selection based on variety of factors. This past year’s drought conditions may entice some farmers to select more drought-tolerant varieties, and may also encourage them to think beyond what they’ve traditionally planted.
Ev Thomas, of Oak Point Agronomics, says drought-tolerant hybrids have been developed by several seed companies including DeKalb, Monsanto and Pioneer. “These are specifically developed for drought conditions,” said Thomas. [Read more…]