Stories by Dianne Shoemaker

Pricing standing corn for silage harvest

Thursday, September 18, 2014

If it’s late summer it’s time to talk about pricing a corn crop standing in the field for corn silage.

OSU Extension planning meetings to help dairymen assess options.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Changes loom on the horizon for both crop and dairy farms as provisions of the 2014 farm bill are implemented.

First 24 hours critical for calf colostrum

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Colostrum, the first milk given by the dam (mother), is packed with antibodies that act as a passive immune system until the calf’s immune system produces antibodies itself. But you have only a 24-hour window to get that colostrum in the calf.

Insight gained into world dairy markets

Thursday, April 17, 2014

More than 500 nutritionists, researchers, and farmers gathered in Ft. Wayne, Ind. this week for the twenty-third Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference. There was an excellent slate of speakers discussing new developments in dairy cow and calf nutrition and management. Kicking off the event was Christopher Sommer, from the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN). Sommer and […]

Celebrating the life of Ohio State’s Harry Barr

Thursday, March 13, 2014

“I expect you to do better next time.” Dr. Harry Barr, Ohio State University professor and teacher of Dairy Science 201 — the introductory dairy science class, and my very first dairy class back in 1979 — said it quietly as he laid my first exam face down on the desk in front of me. […]

Cash prices will barely cover direct costs of raising corn

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

There’s been shift in profit centers on some Midwestern dairy farms for a couple years, one that is likely to shift again in 2014.

Who wants to be a milk millionaire?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Who wants to be a millionaire? If we are talking about owning dollars, lots of people would volunteer. If we are talking about milk sold per worker, we would usually say yes, at least a million pounds per worker. But a funny thing happened this year, or rather last year according to the recently released […]

Will we go the route of Racine County?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My parents were born and raised in “America’s Dairyland.” As a child, we drove back and forth to Racine County, Wis., at least twice a year. Racine County was home to gazillions of small dairy farms with “Golden Guernsey” or “Registered Holstein” signs at the end of farm lanes. The farms and barns were fascinating. […]

Water quality and dairy farms: A summer meeting you shouldn’t miss

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Water quality regulations impact agriculture (dairy in particular), so it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date with what’s coming down the pike.

Oh, the challenges of dairy farming in the winter (ever see manure boil?)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dairy farming is never easy, but even the simple tasks get more complicated in the frigid weather of winter.

Dairy farmers need analysis of this year’s business to plan for next year

Friday, December 21, 2012

“The cows are carrying the crops.” A familiar statement that described most diversified crop/dairy farms for the past 15 years. Milk was the original farm-level “value added” product. You add value to your crops by putting them through dairy cows and selling milk. In an about face caused by a wide variety of factors, for […]

Review offers fully before signing up

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Some interesting offers may be showing up in your mailbox. Our “opt-out” period must have expired for receiving offers for credit cards, mortgages and other types of credit as more are showing up each day. Seed offers The ag community has certainly picked up the ball in this game as two recent mailings indicate: The […]

Now is the time to calculate the cost of production for your crops

Thursday, September 13, 2012

We were inches away from an entirely different set of crop and feed prices. Inches of rain that is. During the Ag Outlook Meetings early this year, back when we thought grain and feed prices were high — and feed purchasers would appreciate being back at or below those price levels no — the prediction […]

Even in ‘warm’ winter weather, dairy calves need better nutrition

Thursday, February 23, 2012

“Chill in the air, calves get fluffy hair.” Sounds like something from an old almanac, but I just made it up. While some calves seemingly do get a long and fluffy hair coat overnight, the more important cue of that chill is for calf feeders to feed baby calves more. Good calf feeders know, however, […]

Dairy Excel: Head off missing cow syndrome

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Herds that are using herd management software should be able to print out inventories of at least the cow herd, and hopefully the replacement herd as well. The system may, or may not be able to give you a historic inventory.

Dairy Excel: Tax planning will be a mixed bag for Ohio’s dairy farm businesses this year

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It is critical to get books fully caught up and to project income and expenses through the end of the year — whether your gut tells you the results will look good or not so good.

Being just one of the crew turns out to be good experience for new graduate

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Steve, his mom and I drove to the airport in Cleveland June 30 with our oldest son, Austen and put him on an airplane to Selden, Kan. A whole 25 days after graduating from high school, he was off to live a dream he has had since at least the eighth grade, to spend a […]

Pain management during dehorning, castration of calves is common sense

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Last week the American Dairy Science and Animal Science associations hosted their joint annual meeting in New Orleans.

Dairy Excel: Legislation to give responsible livestock owners some liability relief

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thanks to House bill 22, which will take effect Sept. 20, livestock owners will have less risk of automatically being held liable for damages when their animals escape and run loose on public roadways and on other’s property.

Fact sheets focus on farm hazards

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Before building a freestall barn, our cows were housed in tie stalls and loose housing. As you might find in many tie stall barns, ours had cow trainers. Cow trainers look like a thin metal upside-down “T” hanging down from a hot wire strung above the stalls. Their job is to get a cow to […]

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About Dianne

(Dianne Shoemaker is an OSU Extension dairy specialist located at the extension center in Wooster, Ohio.)