Penn State Extension Dairy Team Programs Focus on Good Rumen Health

Posted: January 29, 2013

Register now to learn about issues that affect good rumen health and explore feeding rations and proper facilities.

Keeping high producing cows efficient and healthy is vital to profitability on dairy farms, and good rumen health is key. Upcoming programs sponsored by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team will focus on nutritional and environmental issues that affect rumen health and explore feeding balanced high-forward rations with adequate effective fiber and proper feeding facilities.

Programs are being held around the state with instructors Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor, Penn State Department of Animal Science; Dr. Robert Van Saun, Penn State Extension veterinarian; and John Tyson and Dan McFarland, Penn State Extension engineers.

Topics will include forage feeding for high-producing dairy cows, sub-acute rumen acidosis and proper feed bunk design and surfaces.

Locations and dates are:

February 12: Coolspring Township Building, 852 N. Perry Highway, Mercer, PA

February 14: The Park at Morrison's Cove, 201 S. Walnut St., Martinsburg, PA

February 19: Penn State Extension Office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA

February 21: Tioga Fairgrounds, 2258 Charleston Road, Wellsboro, PA

This program is eligible for 2 SmartStart credits from AgChoice Farm Credit.

Registration fee is $25 per person. For more details and to register online, visit

For more information, call the Penn State Extension Dairy Team office at 888-373-7232 or contact Dr. Jud Heinrichs at