Penn State Extension Dairy Team Announces First Ever On Farm Culturing Field Day
Posted: March 12, 2014
Penn State's Extension Dairy Team is offering three field days at locations across the state to introduce producers, herdsmen and dairy representatives to on-farm culturing, and help them learn to differentiate the types of bacteria that cause mastitis to ensure the most effective treatment is used. These first time field days, "Making Proactive Treatment Decisions Using On Farm Culturing," are free to attendees.
Building on work being done with eight farms by the Penn State Extension Dairy Milk Quality team, the field days allow participants to observe on-farm culturing in action and hear success stories of the producers who have been using it.
While some bacteria respond well to antibiotics, others do not respond at all, so a knowledge of what pathogen is causing mastitis will enable producers to make proactive decisions, cutting costs associated with treatment, reducing antibiotic use, improving animal well-being, and increasing milk quality and profitability.
The field days will be held at the following locations:
* April 9, 10 a.m. to 12 Noon - Tom Morton Farm, 3870 Wertzville Rd, Needmore, PA (Fulton County)
* April 11, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Mercer County 4-H Park, 463 North Perry Hwy, Mercer, PA
* April 16, 10 a.m. to 12 Noon - Samuel E Hayes Jr. Livestock Evaluation Center, 1494 West Pine Grove Rd, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA (Huntingdon County)
Registration is required and can be done online at http://extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy/courses/making-proactive-treatment-decisions-using-on-farm-culturing-field-day or by calling toll free 888-373-7232. The project has been made available through a partnership grant funded by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).
This program is eligible for 1 SmartStart credit from AgChoice Farm Credit.
For more information, contact Amber Yutzy, Extension educator, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Greg Strait, Extension educator, email@example.com.