Stories by Dianne Shoemaker

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 […]

Pain management during dehorning, castration of calves is common sense

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Last week the American Dairy Science and Animal Science associations hosted their joint annual meeting in New Orleans.

Dairy Excel: Legislation to give responsible livestock owners some liability relief

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thanks to House bill 22, which will take effect Sept. 20, livestock owners will have less risk of automatically being held liable for damages when their animals escape and run loose on public roadways and on other’s property.

Fact sheets focus on farm hazards

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Before building a freestall barn, our cows were housed in tie stalls and loose housing. As you might find in many tie stall barns, ours had cow trainers. Cow trainers look like a thin metal upside-down “T” hanging down from a hot wire strung above the stalls. Their job is to get a cow to […]

Knowing your farm costs helps determine the path it will take

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dairy Jeopardy for $1,000: The answer is -437, -254, and -183. The question: How many Total herds, Grade A herds and Manufacturing Grade herds did Ohio lose between February 2005 and April 2011? Dairy Double Jeopardy: The answer is +3,000. The question: How did cow numbers change in the same time period? The first answer […]


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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