A recent summer tour sponsored by Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania made a stop at the Smyser farm in York, PA. The Smyser farm might not be one of the largest in the area but the family operates it like tightly run ship. [Read more…]
A new challenge in the form of the FDA Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act is here. Among its many sets and subsets, it clearly defines the way in which antibiotics may be used in food animal management. Perhaps it is better said it clearly defines when antibiotics designated to be used in humans may not be used in the feed of animals. [Read more…]
How do you know if your livestock needs shade? The answer has to do with heat stress. But heat stress can get complicated.
If animals are in the thermoneutral zone (TNZ), then shade isn’t needed. Outside of that zone, an animal must expend energy keeping cool. [Read more…]
Anyone with a pesticide applicator’s license has heard it: the label is the law.
Tracy Harpster, Penn State extension educator, pesticide education program, says labels are not only the law but also include information about the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for that product. [Read more…]
Our hands are a critical part of what we’re able to accomplish every day, and we use them every day to complete routine tasks and precision movements. [Read more…]
Carla DuRand and her mother Linda Palmer had plenty of experience with full-sized horses when they added miniature horses to their farm in Gettysburg, PA in 2007. [Read more…]
If a potential employee shows up at a dairy farm with a clean record, good references and a willingness to learn, there’s a good chance they’ll be hired. Are you sure the applicant is legitimately seeking to join your team for gainful employment, and does your farm have good training protocol in place to give the new employee the best possible opportunity for success? [Read more…]
“Sex is determined genetically,” Dr. George Seidel, Colorado State University, said. “In my opinion, sex is the most important genetic trait.”
The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council recently hosted a webinar presentation, “Ten Years of Sexed Semen in North America,” given by Dr. Seidel. [Read more…]