Stories by Dianne Shoemaker

Will we go the route of Racine County?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My parents were born and raised in “America’s Dairyland.” As a child, we drove back and forth to Racine County, Wis., at least twice a year. Racine County was home to gazillions of small dairy farms with “Golden Guernsey” or “Registered Holstein” signs at the end of farm lanes. The farms and barns were fascinating. […]

Water quality and dairy farms: A summer meeting you shouldn’t miss

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Water quality regulations impact agriculture (dairy in particular), so it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date with what’s coming down the pike.

Oh, the challenges of dairy farming in the winter (ever see manure boil?)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dairy farming is never easy, but even the simple tasks get more complicated in the frigid weather of winter.

Dairy farmers need analysis of this year’s business to plan for next year

Friday, December 21, 2012

“The cows are carrying the crops.” A familiar statement that described most diversified crop/dairy farms for the past 15 years. Milk was the original farm-level “value added” product. You add value to your crops by putting them through dairy cows and selling milk. In an about face caused by a wide variety of factors, for […]

Review offers fully before signing up

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Some interesting offers may be showing up in your mailbox. Our “opt-out” period must have expired for receiving offers for credit cards, mortgages and other types of credit as more are showing up each day. Seed offers The ag community has certainly picked up the ball in this game as two recent mailings indicate: The […]

Now is the time to calculate the cost of production for your crops

Thursday, September 13, 2012

We were inches away from an entirely different set of crop and feed prices. Inches of rain that is. During the Ag Outlook Meetings early this year, back when we thought grain and feed prices were high — and feed purchasers would appreciate being back at or below those price levels no — the prediction […]

Even in ‘warm’ winter weather, dairy calves need better nutrition

Thursday, February 23, 2012

“Chill in the air, calves get fluffy hair.” Sounds like something from an old almanac, but I just made it up. While some calves seemingly do get a long and fluffy hair coat overnight, the more important cue of that chill is for calf feeders to feed baby calves more. Good calf feeders know, however, […]

Dairy Excel: Head off missing cow syndrome

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Herds that are using herd management software should be able to print out inventories of at least the cow herd, and hopefully the replacement herd as well. The system may, or may not be able to give you a historic inventory.

Dairy Excel: Tax planning will be a mixed bag for Ohio’s dairy farm businesses this year

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It is critical to get books fully caught up and to project income and expenses through the end of the year — whether your gut tells you the results will look good or not so good.

Being just one of the crew turns out to be good experience for new graduate

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Steve, his mom and I drove to the airport in Cleveland June 30 with our oldest son, Austen and put him on an airplane to Selden, Kan. A whole 25 days after graduating from high school, he was off to live a dream he has had since at least the eighth grade, to spend a […]

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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 shoemaker.3@osu.edu.)