Stories by Dianne Shoemaker

It’s time for dairymen to get serious about tracking dollars

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Milk producers are facing tight margins with today’s low milk prices. Feed costs are certainly in the crosshairs, but all of the dollars are not disappearing into the feed mixer.

Consider your costs of milk production

Thursday, September 3, 2015

2014’s milk prices were really nice. 2015’s not so much.

Clock ticking on 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Margin Protection Program replaced the Milk Income Loss Contract program and the $9.90 minimum Class III support price programs for U.S. dairy farmers.

Would YOU want to sleep on your calf bedding?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bed your dairy calves as if you (the bedder) were spending the day or night on it. If the bedder wouldn’t want to spend the next 12 hours living there, why would the calf?

Profitability: What are we asking cows to do?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Debt. A four-letter word, but not necessarily a “bad” word. The majority of Ohio’s dairy farms have debt, and it makes good business sense for them to have debt and manage it wisely. Our farms grow when additional returns generated by a carefully planned investment made using borrowed dollars exceed the interest owed on the […]

How much debt can you manage on your dairy?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Most farms have some level of debt. How much and what kind of debt will vary from farm to farm.

Knowing your farm’s numbers will help you plan for low milk prices

Thursday, February 12, 2015

It is discussed everywhere. In hard copy, in the coffee shop, and on the Internet: 2015 will not be the year that 2014 was.

It doesn’t pay to be average in the dairy business

Monday, December 29, 2014

It doesn’t pay to be average in the dairy business. Do you know where you rank? Join the Ohio Farm Business and Benchmarking program.

Dairy margin programs: what to know

Thursday, November 27, 2014

With deadlines quickly approaching, here are some dairy program reminders.

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.


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About Dianne

Dianne Shoemaker is an OSU Extension field specialist in dairy production economics. You can contact her at 330-533-5538 or