Stories by Dairy Excel

Frustrated farmers: Issues continue

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Frustrated. That single word does a pretty good job of summing up the mood of many dairy farmers as they look at dwindling feed inventories and less-than-lush fields.

OSU Ext. sponsored workshops: A lesson you may want to consider

Thursday, January 21, 2010

It’s the start of a new year and Ohio State University Extension has plenty of educational opportunities for you to take advantage of to learn new information and improve your business. Take a few minutes to read about two exciting program offerings. Women in agriculture Annie’s Project, a risk management program for women in agriculture, […]

Now is the time to plan for 2010

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Now that the time has changed, my thought process has changed to planning for the winter and into next year. I went into a mild panic last weekend when I was feeding thinking I would need a lot more hay than I have. When I went into the house and wrote it down, I realized […]

Now may be the perfect time to re-evaluate operation and your goals

Thursday, August 6, 2009

This past week, I taught a session at the state Soil and Water Conservation District Summer Supervisors’ School. The session was an overview of the current agriculture climate and many of the risks involved in the business. One of my summary statements was ‘make time to take stock’. Re-evaluate What I meant by this statement […]

Sacrificing crops for silage is a good move if conditions are met

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Dry conditions in many parts of the state have greatly reduced hay and hay silage yields, which has reduced forage inventory on many dairy farms.

Workshops address farm inheritance

Thursday, December 7, 2006

If your family is facing the difficult decision of how to transfer the ownership and management of your farm to the next generation, or if you looking for advice about which strategy might work best for your family, you need to take advantage of the Ohio State University Extension-sponsored Building for the Successful Transition of Your Agricultural Business workshops.

Thanksgiving from a bovine’s view

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thank you, God, for the world so sweet. Thank you, God, for the food we eat. Thank you, God, for the birds that sing, Thank you, God for everything

Do you know what is coming out of the heifer barn?

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Ideal answer: Springing heifers ready to calve, walk into the milking herd and work. Sounds simple, but what does that really mean? Looking at a couple factors, we can start putting some numbers to “springing heifers ready to walk into the milking herd.

It’s time to say goodbye and move on

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dianne Shoemaker and I have been sharing this Dairy Channel column since 1997, I think. That’s a total of about 130 Dairy Channel articles for each of us.

Fun for the serious heifer raiser

Thursday, October 12, 2006

A quick-fix, cost-cutting increase in income. Have your attention? Well, it is not a single quick fix, but a more sustainable, long-term decrease in expenses and increase in income can be yours if your heifers do not currently freshen at 24 months or less, ready to walk into the barn, grow and compete.

What do you pay for custom work?

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Many Ohio farmers hire custom farm work in their farm business or perform custom farm work for others.

Better pay attention to farm bill issues

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The upcoming debate over the next U.S. farm bill has a lot of people trying to figure out what has worked in present and previous farm bills and what changes should be made for the future.

Artisan cheese workshop adds value

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Throughout Ohio there has been a great deal of discussion about increasing profits for local dairy farms.

Relative calf intelligence ranking should be added to genetic scoring

Thursday, September 14, 2006

I have to be perfectly honest. Since working as the herdsman at Misty Dale Dairy Farm in Highland County after graduating from the dairy science department at OSU, I have done a poor job of keeping up with the ever-changing genetic evaluations of our AI sires.

Be prepared for what comes your way

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Change is inevitable. We don’t have to like it, but we do have to deal with it. You probably want to brush off preparing any kind of emergency plan for your farm operation.

EPA begins farm air emissions study

Thursday, August 31, 2006

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans to begin a nationwide study to monitor air emissions from selected farms starting this winter.

Is mastitis really this farm’s problem?

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Human resource management is becoming a bigger issue as we see farms grow from single family units to multiple family and employee dependent operations.

Find answers to harvest questions

Thursday, August 17, 2006

According to my internal calendar, fall is about four months down the road yet. In reality, the fall harvest season is fast approaching.

Keep an eye on farm family living costs

Thursday, August 3, 2006

The most recent edition of Buckeye Dairy News was put on the Web last week. When I went to the Ohio Dairy Industry Web site (http://dairy.

Nothing scientific about the plane repairs, but trip was science mecca

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The trip was off to a good start. Made good time to the Pittsburgh airport, narrowly missing the 100,000 people the shuttle driver said would be converging on the airport to see the Air Force Air Show at 1 p.

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