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Latest news from the Department of Animal Science at Penn State.
June 12, 2007

Dr. Larry Specht, professor emeritus of dairy science, has compiled a history of red and white Holsteins, which offers an overview of how the existence of red and white dairy cattle evolved in the United States when all of the early Holsteins imported from the Netherlands were black and white.

April 19, 2007

Many factors have been identified for the apparent reduction in fertility and there is no doubt the current problem is multi-faceted and not easy to resolve.

March 2, 2007

We have been hammering away at relieving heat stress on dairy cows for a long time including how to design, build, modify and manage facilities. Heat stress occurs when the heat generated by the cow and heat received by her from the environment exceeds the amount of heat the she can successfully release to her environment. SAAWW is a convenient tool for remembering the critical steps to cut heat stress.

March 1, 2007

In recent months milk replacer costs have jumped $15 to $20 per bag, and we have entered into somewhat new territory in the economics of calf feeding systems.

February 28, 2007

Dairy middle managers will have an opportunity to learn new management skills and strategies at the second annual Middle Manager's Conference planned March 21 in the Harrisburg-Hershey area.

February 27, 2007

It appears that the PA dairy industry is continuing to give this technology a good hard look and several of our dairy herds are being reliably milked with milking robots.

February 25, 2007

Last year, 2006, will probably be remembered as one of the most challenging years for financial performance on dairy farms. Unfortunately, 2007 is not starting off much better.

February 4, 2007

All customer classes are benefiting from the declining prices of PA's electricity.

December 30, 2006

As of December, 2006, the Dairy Digest will be published bimonthly.

December 29, 2006

We think we have it tough finding dairy employees in Pennsylvania, but we ain't seen nothin' yet!

December 26, 2006

The age at which you decide to wean a dairy calf will have a definite impact on the cost of raising that calf.

December 16, 2006

It is critical that you know the sulfur content of the fuel that you are using in your diesel engines on the farm.

September 2, 2006

Any successful business, regardless if it is a dairy operation or an industrial corporation, devotes many resources to determine the bottlenecks to profitability.

September 1, 2006

Any person who uses liquid fuels in the actual production of agricultural products is eligible for a tax refund.

August 6, 2006

About 80 percent of this loss occurs before day 17, 10-15 percent between day 17 and 42 and 5 percent after day 42.

August 5, 2006

A good housing system for calves and heifers will provide for the well-being of animals of various ages, promote safe and efficient working conditions for the caretaker, protect the environment and be cost-effective to build and maintain.

August 4, 2006

A summary of some of the new and interesting findings that affect calf health, feeding, and management.

August 3, 2006

A new book, Penn State Housing Plans for Milking and Special Needs Cows is now available.