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Livestock Production Systems

Pennsylvania animal systems for production of dairy, swine, beef, and poultry vary in size, approach, and even goals. This session explores feeding, health, welfare, wastes, products, operation scale, marketing, economics, and biosecurity issues.
Cows at the milking station at Orner Dairy.

Cows at the milking station at Orner Dairy.

An overview of the typical production systems in Pennsylvania for dairy, swine, beef, and poultry. All aspects of animal operations – feeding, health, welfare, wastes, products, operation scale, contracts, marketing, economics, biosecurity issues, and dead animal disposal. Operations and management necessary at varying scales – including the equipment, structures, and culture – are discussed.

 Speakers:

  • Jerry Martin, Senior Extension Associate, Penn State Crops & Soil Sciences
  • Virginia Ishler, Nutrient Management Specialist & Dairy Complex Manager, Penn State Dairy & Animal Sciences
  • Robb Meinen, Senior Extension Associate, Penn State Dairy & Animal Sciences
  • Dr. Paul Patterson, Professor of Poultry Science, Penn State Department of Poultry Science