Stories by Dairy Excel

Good managers communicate well

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Maybe you consider yourself a good employer. Maybe your employees believe so. Or, maybe not. If you have had difficulty managing employees, it may be useful to learn some things you can do to become a better employer.

Pay attention: This CAT can bite

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The new CAT in the barn is one that can turn around and bite you, if it doesn’t get your attention soon.

Where do USDA dollars go? More places than you think …

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The USDA not only provides the budget for local Farm Service Agency offices and programs, it funds and administers dozens of other programs related to food safety and distribution, land management, rural development and agricultural research.

‘Why I can’t come to work today’

Thursday, September 29, 2005

As anyone who ever had employees knows, being an employer is not the piece of cake that some management gurus would like us to believe.

Horizontal hoof grooves are signs of faulty forage rationing for cattle

Thursday, September 15, 2005

After reading and searching the Internet, I found some interesting and practical information to help dairy managers and nutritionists evaluate ration management based on hoof health and appearance.

Immunity depends on feeding dam’s milk fast to newborn calves

Thursday, September 1, 2005

It is the Red Bull power drink for calves, and then some. We tend to take colostrum for granted, not fully appreciating how amazing this first milk is.

Know how to properly manage corn silage harvest

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Weather conditions have been highly variable this summer. As I drive through northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania, I see beautiful fields of corn, and a few miles away I see drought-stunted fields where it looks like corn is already dying.

It pays to keep your cows in the dark

Thursday, August 4, 2005

Imagine a couple thousand research and extension types from all over the world in one place. No, not the plot for the latest horror movie, but a description of the Cincinnati Convention Center last week.

Future of world’s agriculture in question

Thursday, July 21, 2005

About 250 representatives of agribusiness corporations, academia, governments and non-governmental organizations attended the World Ag Forum in St.

Farmers should learn the laws on employing minors before hiring them

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Now that school is out, students may be looking for a summer job baling hay, milking cows, picking vegetables or assisting with many of the other daily tasks on your farm.

Dairy Channel: Try these sound calf resources

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Managing dairy heifer calves is right up there with dairy farm finances in my book. There is no future dairy business without either one of them.

Comfy cows improve production

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Would you trade places with your cows – especially on a 90-degree and humid day?
If your cows are in a well-ventilated barn with fans properly spaced and maintained, you might.

Use performance monitoring to make your nutrition dollars worth it

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Feed is the most expensive input on a dairy farm.
Dairy operations typically incur annual feed expenses amounting to $1,000 to $1,200 per cow per year.

Children’s play holds silo secret

Thursday, May 12, 2005

“Silos go to Preschool,” “Grown Men Get Paid to Work with Playdough,” “Where Playdough and Silo Meet” or “Dairy Farms are Future Site of World Record Playdough Production” might have set the stage for what was to come.

Columbiana County sentinel plot will track spread of soybean rust

Thursday, April 28, 2005

In response to the appearance of Phakospora pachyrhizi, or soybean rust, in the United States, the USDA developed a federal, state, university and industry framework for surveillance, reporting, prediction and management of soybean rust for the 2005 growing season.

Egyptian dairies both large and small

Thursday, April 21, 2005

What might be considered cutting edge, different, or a niche market product here is just another day at the farm somewhere else in the world.

Point-by-point look at those EPA air quality compliance agreements

Thursday, March 31, 2005

On Jan. 21, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the air quality compliance agreement.

Workers’ comp: The questions you don’t ask could have costly answers

Thursday, March 24, 2005

I am the first to admit that sometimes I make a mess of things. I try to teach my kids that the best reaction is to ‘fess up, take responsibility, fix what I can, learn from my mistakes and move on.

Family business meetings – Make a schedule, stick to it, be open

Thursday, March 10, 2005

It is no secret that managing a family business has its ups and downs.
Some family members may not have a desire to be involved in the business, while others want to understand and manage the business, but have never been given the opportunity to participate in making decisions.

A good defense is the best offense

Thursday, March 3, 2005

Lately I have been working with the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency to formulate plans for dealing with animal disease outbreaks such as foot-and-mouth disease and other natural or man-made threats to agriculture.


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