Stories by Dairy Excel

Planning family future full of pitfalls

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Planning is one of the most critical functions of management. Planning decisions can range from the short term of addressing the everyday “fires” of the farm business to long-range planning for retirement, transition and estate planning.

Updated manure management guide available

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Manure management is one of the biggest challenges facing livestock producers today. Manure management issues are complex, involve interactions between animals, soils, plants and humans, and can be highly emotional.

Ohio farm custom rates now available

Thursday, June 29, 2006

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

The bad times are here: Evaluate now

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Five consecutive months of a declining Class III price. Price moves for the two months preceding the decline consisted of two, 2-cent increases after a dollar crash.

Land use debated in Columbiana Co.

Thursday, June 8, 2006

A recent article in another farm publication reminded me of some of the issues facing Columbiana County land owners.

Employing minors on your farm? Be sure to understand the rules

Thursday, June 1, 2006

With the school year coming to a close in the next few weeks, many students will be looking for employment on farms to do a variety of tasks ranging from baling hay to milking cows to operating machinery.

Remember safety when making silage

Thursday, May 25, 2006

When the weather breaks (hopefully as this article is written) literally tons of hay will go down across Ohio.

Crop inputs sure are expensive

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Crop input prices increased dramatically during the past year. Fuel and fertilizer are the main culprits and these price increases promise to shrink profits severely in 2006.

Calves need colostrum to survive

Thursday, April 27, 2006

It’s just a bull. He’ll only be here until ________ (insert your local livestock sale day). No rush feeding him, we won’t be raising him, he’ll be someone else’s problem.

Present agriculture in a positive light

Thursday, April 13, 2006

We have completed two of three scheduled Youth Livestock Quality Assurance training classes in Columbiana County for 2006.

Record-keeping software saves time

Thursday, April 6, 2006

As farmers look to become more efficient in all aspects of business, financial record keeping is an area that can be made more efficient with computer record-keeping software.

Conduct a successful family meeting

Thursday, March 16, 2006

I’m too busy. We’ll start after the corn is planted and the hay is made. We tried them before and they didn’t work.

Which is more comfy: sand, mattresses or waterbeds?

Thursday, February 16, 2006

An interesting question came in the other day. “What does Extension think about sand-based freestalls versus waterbeds?” It is fair to say that Extension fully supports sand as the platinum freestall base for a couple of reasons.

Use nature for better soil and crops

Thursday, February 2, 2006

The ninth annual Tri-State Conservation Tillage Conference was Jan. 24 at the Radisson Inn in West Middlesex, Pa.

Farm succession planning is critical

Thursday, January 26, 2006

It is no secret the population of our farm families is aging rapidly. According to 2002 U.S. Census, the average age of an Ohio farmer who is the farm’s principal operator is 53.

Workshop helps with raising calves

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The future of every successful dairy operation depends on a steady supply of healthy, productive replacement heifers calving between 22 and 24 months of age.

Environmental stewardship curriculum

Thursday, January 5, 2006

The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship Curriculum is a national educational program for livestock producers designed to help them understand and manage the nutrient balance of their farming operations.

The old farmhouse keeps on giving

Thursday, December 22, 2005

The title Ag engineer devises simple forage dryer followed by this blood-curdling opening line, “Using items commonly found around the house .

Ins and outs of property owner liability

Thursday, December 8, 2005

What is your responsibility as a property owner when someone is injured on your property? This question was discussed at length at our Extension Agricultural Law Conference on Nov.

What’s really going on?: Farms still don’t have good records

Thursday, November 10, 2005

I have taught the benefits of current, accurate farm financial and production records since I started working with dairy management students at the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in 1974.

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