Stories by Dairy Excel

Dairy’s future: Let’s hope for the best

Thursday, February 10, 2005

What’s in a “Milk-Feed Ratio – A Peek at the Future”?
On Jan. 31, USDA published its Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Situation and Outlook Report.

Ohio leads the way in no-till beans

Thursday, February 3, 2005

The Tri-State Conservation Tillage Conference continues to be a source of good information for area producers, extension educators and agribusiness professionals.

Dairy industry needs to brag a little

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Don’t brag about yourself, what you do or what you have accomplished.
While this is surely a directive in some weighty volume of proper behavior, the referenced behavior is that of individuals – not the necessary behavior of a vital, exciting, important industry.

Dairy industry needs to brag a little

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Don’t brag about yourself, what you do or what you have accomplished.
While this is surely a directive in some weighty volume of proper behavior, the referenced behavior is that of individuals – not the necessary behavior of a vital, exciting, important industry.

Why do we need job descriptions?

Thursday, December 16, 2004

One task many dairy managers say they would like to accomplish is to develop written job descriptions for their employees.

It’s dairy conference time again

Thursday, November 18, 2004

It hardly seems like two years have passed, but the registration brochures circulating for the Ohio Dairy Management Conference confirm that they have.

Why you need a chief financial officer

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Financial management of dairy farms is one of the biggest challenges of today’s managers.
Like raising heifers and spreading manure on the far-away fields, financial management often gets relegated to the bottom of the to-do list.

Nutrients: How valuable are forages?

Thursday, October 28, 2004

As the winter feeding period approaches, thoughts of my feeding program come to mind.

True confessions: I started out ‘numbers challenged’

Thursday, October 21, 2004

This is going to be a “confessions” column to try to lure all those folks who love or hate working with farm bookkeeping, records and finances into really enjoying themselves at the From Bookkeeper to CFO workshops this fall.

Spreading manure on frozen fields takes know-how

Thursday, October 7, 2004

This week I attended the Manure Application Challenges and Issues Train the Trainer session at Salt Fork Lodge in Guernsey County, sponsored by the Ohio Livestock Coalition, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Alas, another Canfield Fair is history

Thursday, September 23, 2004

It was another successful Canfield Fair. Mom translation: the kids had a good time, none of them got sick, all the work got done, good weather, no disasters and a chance to visit with a bunch of nice people.

The future of our global food system, possible implications for producers

Thursday, September 16, 2004

The World Agricultural Forum, 2004 Regional Congress was held in St. Louis, Mo., from May 16-18.
The forum featured presentations and discussions by some of the most influential stakeholders in global agriculture and food production.

Milking preparation: Secret methods of producing high quality milk

Thursday, August 26, 2004

“Pre-milking cow preparation – secret methods of producing high quality milk” catchy title!
That “Secret Methods” part is a particularly nice touch

Dairy Channel: St. Paul was educational

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Dairy expert Ernie Oelker presents a workshop at Headwaters of Conservation Conference.

Children taking part in family farm

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Recently I had a discussion with a farm family interested in bringing a son into the farm business.
The discussion revolved around the many questions and concerns family members have when making a decision as important as this.

Dairy Excel: Balancing act: Depooling zaps F.O. 33 farmers

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Depooling in April and May cost F.O. 33 milk producers who remained pooled $21.3 million, says columnist and Ohio State ag economist Cam Thraen.

Dairy Channel: What’s the future of agriculture?

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Ernie Oelker writes about Mike Brubaker’s megatrends in agriculture.

Dairy Excel: Return to grazing for dairies of future?

Thursday, July 8, 2004

Jim Skeeles discusses a presentation given by Tom Kriegl of the University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability at the American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Meeting last month.

Dairy Channel: ‘First milk’ gives fighting chance to calves in world of nasty germs

Thursday, July 1, 2004

Dianne Shoemaker writes about the importance of getting immunity to calves through the first colostrum.

Dairy Excel: Before you try something new …

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Dairy agent Tom Noyes tells you the questions to ask yourself before making a big purchase.

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