Clinic teaches tips for shearing sheep

CN-RP-1-SHEEP-CLINIC_011The State 4-H Sheep Shearing Clinic, held Nov. 1, provided an opportunity for Vermont 4-H club members to gain valuable tips from a professional sheep shearer.

The clinic, sponsored by University of Vermont Extension 4-H, was open to any 4-H’er, age 12 or older, who is enrolled in the 4-H sheep project. It was hosted by Neil and Terri Metcalf at their farm in Addison. [Read more…]

Genetic Practices to Improve Beef Cattle Reproduction

 by Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky

Reproduction is typically a lowly heritable trait, but there are genetic practices that can help improve reproduction rates.

Introduction

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. [Read more…]

Ivermectin toxicity in herding dogs

CM-MR-3-IVERMECTIN-TOXICITY_031by George Looby, DVM

At any given moment in time it would be most difficult to estimate how many herding dogs are roaming the fields, pastures and barnyards of this country. To watch them work puts many of us to shame as they respond to the hand signals and whistles of their Shepherds with a zeal that never ceases to amaze. Unfortunately some of these animals have inherited a defective gene that puts them at risk for a potentially deadly illness. [Read more…]

Students from 12 colleges participated in 13th Annual Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge®

CM-DY-3-Students-from41Penn State University hosted a successful Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge that drew 109 students from 10 northeastern U.S. and two Canadian universities to State College, PA, on Oct. 22 -24. This event marked the 13th annual Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge which is an innovative, three-day educational competition designed to prepare students for careers in the dairy industry. [Read more…]

Managing dairy cow rumination

CEW-MR-1-Managing-rumin79401by Tamara Scully

“Rumination is so sensitive to the cow’s state of being. Resting as a biological process, and rumination, are so closely intertwined,” Dr. Rick Grant, of the Miner Institute said. “Management that impairs lying time almost has to decrease rumination response,” no matter the diet being fed. [Read more…]