Shakespeare, who said pretty much everything worth writing down, wrote that, “There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.” Dr. Michael Odian has become rather an expert at following the bard’s advice. If he does not have an actual fortune it could be because he has 13 horses — draft horses at that. We all count in different currencies. [Read more…]
There was near euphoria at the PDMP Fall Issues Forum held in Lancaster, PA two days after the Presidential election as Alan Novak, executive director of the Professional Dairy Managers of PA, speculated on what the new incoming administration might be able to do for commonwealth dairymen. Hopefully an easing of onerous EPA regulatory over-reach, under the previous administration, would be one of the first nightmares to bite the dust. [Read more…]
Why do some calves not receive adequate antibody protection even though they’ve had colostrum?
“We’re breeding these animals so that colostrum is there,” said Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science at Penn State University. “The day before calving in a perfect world, the cow has filtered all of these proteins into the mammary gland. [Read more…]
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…]