Culturing and types of mastitis

2020-06-05T10:34:06-05:00May 29, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Katie Navarra

Although mastitis results in changes in milk quality, it is not always caused by the same bugs. Mastitis is caused by several pathogen groups gram positive (Streptococcus spp. and Staphylococcus spp), gram negative (E. coli, Klebsiella spp.) and others. Even well-managed herds have some level of mastitis, which decreases milk quality and creates a loss in production and decreases the quality of milk products. Monitoring for and controlling are most important for keeping mastitis cases low, to less than 2% clinical cases on a farm. (more…)

Limiting production on purpose

2020-05-29T15:00:07-05:00May 29, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

Culling and extended milk feeding

by Sally Colby

Dr. Robert Van Saun, Penn State Extension veterinarian, and Dr. Jud Heinrichs, Penn State professor of dairy science, are well-known among dairy farmers and are often featured at events helping dairy farmers learn how to keep cows healthy in order to increase milk production. “We’re making efficient, quality milk, and now we have to face this very unusual challenge,” said Van Saun, adding that dairymen are being told to reduce production by close to 20%. (more…)

Why heifer maturity matters – the Peter Pan problem

2020-05-29T15:18:26-05:00May 29, 2020|New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Immature heifers leave a long shadow over a herd that cannot be remedied. Early calving may get milk faster, but over time total volume is comprised. During the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) Virtual Conference in April, Gavin Staley, technical services specialist, Diamond V, shared his evaluation of DairyComp305 production records, which sheds insight into the significant impact of heifer immaturity on whole herd production. (more…)

Pigs and the purpose driven farm

2020-05-14T14:58:59-05:00May 14, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Courtney Llewellyn

PARKTON, NC – Pastor Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life” is a New York Times bestseller, having sold more than 50 million copies. It helps readers dig deep to discover what their mission in life should be. When it came time for Saira and AJ Meneses to change their lives and start their agricultural enterprise, the name seemed obvious: Purpose Driven Family Farm. (more…)